Feb. 26, 2012
ROCKWELL, TX - The Florida Atlantic swimming and diving teams finished up their competition at the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Saturday by bringing home three more wins and breaking three more school records as well.
Freshman Anett Kovacs did both, in the 200-yard butterfly. She touched the wall first in a time of 1:58.39, which broke the mark she had set back in November of 2011.
FAU swept that event on both sides, as Mikolaj Czarnecki took the men's race in a time of 1:46.66, winning by the most miniscule of margins, one-one-hundredth of a second.
Also earning another individual championship, her second of the competition, was Eszter Bucz, in the 1,650-yard freestyle. The junior won that event in a time of 16:30.94.
Breaking school records on Saturday as well were Iwona Lefanowicz, in the 200-yard backstroke, and the men's 400-yard freestyle relay team.
Lefanowicz bettered her own mark that she set last November, by finishing in a time of 1:59.70. The men's combination of Eric Williams, John Walsh, Anthony Fermin and Czarnecki broke the school record set last year at the SBC Championships, with a new record of 2:59.06.
Also on the final day, finishing third on the 1-meter board was freshman Nick Delong, earning a score of 294.60.
In total over the four-day competition, the FAU swimmers and divers had six SBC champions and broke 14 school records.
2012 Sun Belt Conference Champions
- Men's 3-meter Diving: Ronald Cortina, 367.60
- Men's 200-yard Freestyle Relay: Eric Williams, John Walsh, Steven Wright, Anthony Fermin, 1:20.91
- Women's 400-yard IM: Eszter Bucz, 4:12.64 (Also a new SBC record)
- Women's 1,650-yard Freestyle: Eszter Bucz, 16:30.94
- Women's 200-yard Butterfly: Anett Kovacs, 1:58.39
- Men's 200-yard Butterfly: Mikolaj Czarnecki, 1:46.66
New FAU Records Set
- Women's 200-yard Medley Relay: Iwona Lefanowicz, Eszter Bucz, Jonna Nyback, Frida Nilsson, 1:42.61 (Old record: Lindsey Alexander, Ellie Weberg, Jessica Lampkin, Jennifer Forcht, 1:43.37, 2/28/07)
- Women's 800-yard Freestyle Relay: Anett Kovacs, Eszter Bucz, Frida Nilsson, Jonna Nyback, 7:18.61 (Old record: Emma Petersson, Geni Burts, Boguslawa Bedyk, Lisa Andersson, 7:22.43, 2/15/04)
- Women's 200-yard IM: Eszter Bucz, 1:59.41 (Old record: Bucz, 2:00.03, 11/18/11)
- Men's 200-yard IM: Csaba Pek, 1:49.74 (Old record: Pek, 1:50.28, 2/19/09)
- Men's 50-yard Freestyle: Eric Williams, 20.15 (Old record: Eren Onurlu, 20.16, 2/15/07)
- Men's 3-meter Diving: Ronald Cortina, 367.60 (Old record: Andrew Scully, 354.98, 2007)
- Women's 400-yard IM: Eszter Bucz, 4:12.64 (Old record: Bucz, 4:15.20, 11/19/10)
- Women's 100-yard Butterfly: Elizabeth Starke, 55.55 (Old record: Marina Mulyayeva, 55.67, 2001)
- Women's 200-yard Freestyle: Jonna Nyback, 1:48.67 (Old record: Lisa Andersson, 1:48.98, 2003)
- Women's 100-yard Backstroke: Iwona Lefanowicz, 55.35 (Old record: Lefanowicz, 56.22, 11/18/11
- Women's 400-yard Medley Relay: Iwona Lefanowicz, Eszter Bucz, Anett Kovacs, Jonna Nyback, 3:43.10 (Old record: Kelly Pancake, Ellie Weberg, Emma Petersson, Lisa Andersson, 3:45.43, 2/15/04)
- Women's 200-yard Backstroke: Iwona Lefanowicz, 1:59.70 (Old record: Lefanowicz, 1:59.99, 11/18/11)
- Women's 200-yard Butterfly: Anett Kovacs, 1:58.39 (Old record: Kovacs, 2:00.08, 11/18/11)
- Men's 400-yard Freestyle Relay: Eric Williams, John Walsh, Anthony Fermin, Mikolaj Czarnecki, 2:59.06 (Old record: Adam Corbin, Tyler Griffith, Walsh, Czarnecki, 2:59.74, 2/23/11)
The University of Denver swept both team competitions. The FAU men finished third with a team score of 656, and the women fifth, at 433.