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Day Two of Championships Sees Four More FAU Records Broken

Feb. 24, 2012

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ROCKWELL, TX - Four more school records were broken on day two of the Sun Belt Conference Championships by the Florida Atlantic swimmers and divers.

The Owls had three runner-up finishes on Thursday and their first two wins of the championships. Diver Ronald Cortina is the 2012 SBC Champion on the 3-meter boards, finishing with a final score of 367.60, breaking a school record set in 2007. Also, in the day's final event, the men's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Eric Williams, John Walsh, Steven Wright and Anthony Fermin had a winning time of 1:20.91, just barely off the school record of 1:20.85.

Junior Eszter Bucz broke her own school record she set in November in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.41), finishing as runner-up after winning the preliminary heat earlier in the day. Also finishing as runner-up and setting a new FAU mark (by one-one-hundredth of a second) was Williams in the 50-yard freestyle, with his finals time of 20.15.

Csaba Pek was fifth overall in the men's 200-yard IM, but broke the record he set as a freshman, finishing yesterday in a time of 1:49.74.

Also picking up a runner-up finish yesterday was Mikolaj Czarnecki, in the 500-yard freestyle (4:26.35). Jonathan Van Zee finished fifth in that race for the Owls, in 4:31.57.

Besides Cortina, three more FAU divers had top finishes. Gregory Cox, who led after the preliminary round, finished third (345.45). Nick Delong was seventh, and Ryan King eighth.

Each team stayed in their respective places as they did after day one. The women are again in fifth, and the men third, only trailing first-place Denver by 13.5 points.

Day three today will see 13 events completed, including the 400-yard IM, where Bucz looks to defend her SBC Championship of a year ago, while Pek attempts to uphold his top time in the conference this year.



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