Jan. 4, 2012
The Florida Atlantic women's swimming and diving team edged out Brown University by just two points to earn a split during Wednesday morning's FAU invitational.
Led by seven individual victories, the women were able to win 141-139, but fell in the dual meet to another Ivy League school, Penn, 154-124.
Swimmers Iwona Lefanowicz, Eszter Bucz and Anett Kovacs each earned two first-place finishes, and were three-fourths of the runner-up relay team in the 200-yard medley relay, along with Jonna Nyback. Freshman Frida Nilsson added an individual victory as well.
Lefanowicz got the first FAU win of the day, taking first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.56. She later had a victory in the 200-yard backstroke, winning by more than six seconds (2:05.53). The freshman from Poland also had two runner-up finishes, in the aforementioned relay, as well as in the 400-yard individual medley (4:34.37), just behind her teammate Bucz.
Besides that victory, in a time of 4:29.52, Bucz was also the top finisher in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.09), and just nine-tenths of a second from winning the 100-yard breaststroke with a finish of 1:06.38.
Kovacs took first place -- while teammate Erin Hersey was third -- in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.91), and was also the first to touch the wall in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.83), winning by more than six seconds over the second place finisher.
Finally, Nilsson was victorious in the 50-yard freestyle, in a time of 21.24. She was also second in the 100-yard freestyle event (54.39) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (59.33). Hersey was fourth in that event, nipping at Nilsson's heels with a time of 59.38.
In the only diving event of the day, Courtney Hansen finished third on the 1-meter board, with a score of 216.80.
The women's team is on the road for their next four events, including three next week in the state of Florida: traveling to Davie on January 10th, Tallahassee on the 13th and Gainesville on the 14th.