Feb. 25, 2012
ROCKWELL, TX - On day three of the Sun Belt Conference Championships, five more Florida Atlantic school swim records were broken, one of them a new SBC mark for junior Eszter Bucz.
A day after snapping her own school best in the 200-yard individual medley, Bucz shaved nearly three full seconds off her record in the 400-yard IM, besting the SBC conference mark as well, with a time of 4:12.64. It was the third conference championship of the four-day event for the FAU swimmers and divers, following the men's 200-yard freestyle relay team and Ronald Cortina on the 3-meter boards, both on Thursday.
Starke broke a record-setting time of 11-plus years ago in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 55.55. Lefanowicz broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke that she herself had set in November 2011, with a new standard now of 55.35.
Nyback finished third overall in the 200-yard freestyle event (1:48.67), besting a mark set in 2003. And the relay team of Lefanowicz, Bucz, Anett Kovacs and Nyback has the new fastest school time of 3:43.10, more than two seconds better than the record set in 2004.
Mikolaj Czarnecki was part of two top finishes on Friday. He finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (49.06), just ahead of teammate Eric Williams in fourth (49.26). Czarnecki was also part of the runner-up 400-yard medley relay team, along with Csaba Pek, Alan Forbes and John Walsh, with a time of 3:21.77.
Day four, the final day of competition, is today. Among the 13 events scheduled, FAU swimmers have four times that are tops in the SBC this season. Bucz has a more than 30-second advantage in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Czarnecki is ranked first in the 200-yard butterfly, and Pek in the 200-yard breaststroke, while Kovacs leads all swimmers in the women's 200-yard butterfly.