Oct. 8, 2010
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University men's swimming and diving team didn't go down without putting up a fight in losing a dual meet to in-state rival Florida State University by a 163-137 score in its home opener on Friday at the FAU Aquatic Center. The teams were meeting for the second time in a week after the Seminoles placed second and the Owls were third in the All Florida Invitational.
FAU picked up six event victories and 35 top-five performances on the meet.
After falling behind early, Florida Atlantic began a rally in the 200-yard backstroke by having the top three finishers. Junior Csaba Pek won the event by a narrow margin over seniors Adam Corbin and David Rudolf. The comeback continued in the 200-yard breaststroke as sophomore Alan Forbes picked up the victory, freshman Jesse Gambrell came home in second and senior Rafael Pena finished in fourth place.
Things got even more interesting in the 400-yard individual medley with a first-place finish by Corbin and a second by Pek.
Other strong performances included FAU's first-place 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Anthony Fermin, freshman John Walsh, sophomore Eric Williams and junior Mikolaj Czarnecki; Forbes and Pek earned first- and second-place honors in the 100-yard breaststroke; Corbin won the 200-yard freestyle race by three-tenths of a second over Florida State's Mateo DeAngulo; Czarnecki was second in the 200-yard butterfly; and Williams also had a runner-up showing in the 50-yard freestyle race.
In the diving competition, junior Garret LeMon placed sixth off the 3-meter board, and freshman Ryan King led the team with a sixth-place finish off the 1-meter board.
FAU will return to the pool on October 23 when it travels to Atlanta to participate in a triangular meet against Sun Belt Conference competitor Western Kentucky University and the host Yellow Jackets.