Jan. 30, 2012
FORT PIERCE, FL - The women's swimming and diving team, fueled by 11 first-place finishes, easily won on the road Saturday against Indian River State College.
Bucz was part of the opening 400-yard medley relay team, along with Iwona Lefanowicz, Erin Hersey and Jonna Nyback. They combined to finish with a winning time of 3:55.47. Bucz also went on to win the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.11), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.41, a more than seven-second win) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.03).
Kovacs too was part of a winning relay squad, in the 800-yard freestyle. She teamed with Frida Nilsson, Nyback and Stephanie Barker to finish in a time of 7:45.69, nearly nine seconds ahead of the second-place finishers. The freshman also won individual races in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.01), the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.33) and the 100-yard butterfly (57.87).
A second freshman, Lefanowicz, besides being part of the 400-yard medley winners, also had two individual victories, in the 100-yard backstroke (58.70) and 200-yard backstroke (2:05.97). She finished second behind her teammate Bucz in the 200-yard IM as well, in a time of 2:13.17.
Yet another first-year swimmer, Nilsson, was part of the aforementioned 800-yard freestyle winners, and also finished first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.00). Additionally, she had two runner-up finishes on the day, in the 100-yard freestyle (53.24) and in the 100-yard butterfly (59.14).
Placing in four separate races was sophomore Alexandra Gonzalez. She was runner-up behind Lefanowicz in the 200-yard backstroke (2:14.10), and was third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.37), the 200-yard IM (2:14.49), and as part of the 400-yard relay (4:08.31, with Kristen LeGro, Barker and Elizabeth Starke).
For the divers, Courtney Hansen was first on 1-meter (245.09) and second on the 3-meter (197.10).
The team will have one more tune-up before the Sun Belt Conference Championships. This Saturday, February 4, is a Senior Day tri-meet, against Daytona State College and FIU.