Feb. 23, 2012
ROCKWELL, TX - After day one of the Sun Belt Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, the Florida Atlantic women are in fifth place, while the men are only 10 points behind the co-leaders, in third place.
The top finisher of the day, with only five events completed, were the women's 800-yard freestyle relay team, who finished in second place and set a new school record. The combination of Anett Kovacs, Eszter Bucz, Frida Nilsson and Jonna Nyback had a time of 7:18.61, just two seconds behind Denver's first-place team. It was more than four seconds ahead of the previous record set in 2004 (7:22.43). Nyback had the third fastest leg of anyone in the event, with a time of 1:48.53.
Though the 200-yard medley squad finished third, they too set a new school record. Iwona Lefanowicz, Bucz, Nyback and Nilsson's final time was 1:42.61. That record was set on the same date as the 800-yard freestyle: February 15, 2004 (1:43.47).
Freshman diver Courtney Hansen had a successful first day, finishing seventh on the 3-meter boards with a score of 233.20.
The Championships continue today with three individual finals for both men and women, a relay final for both and the men's 3-meter diving competition.
Individual events today include the 200-yard IM, where Bucz has the conference's best time for women this season and Csaba Pek the second-best time for men, as well as the 50-yard freestyle, where the lowest time recorded conference-wide on the men's side in 2011-12 was by FAU junior Eric Williams.
Also, in the 500-yard freestyle to be held today, Kovacs ranks second amongst women, while Mikolaj Czarnecki has the second lowest men's time.