Senior Jonna Nyback won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in Saturday's two victories over FIU and Florida Southern
Miami, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's swimming and diving team swept a pair of meets, knocking off FIU and Florida Southern College on Saturday in Miami. The men's team knocked off Florida Southern in its first dual meet of the season.
The women defeated Sun Belt Conference rival FIU 123-114 while cruising to a 179-43 victory over Florida Southern. The men picked up a 147-90 win on Saturday.
The women's team won nine of the 12 events and had officials agree to the Owls protest of the meet after a controversial 200-yard backstroke race. Freshman Iwona Lefanowicz touched the wall first to record a slim victory in 2:02.66 and three hundredths of a second ahead of FIU's Sonia Perez Arau. However, the judges overturned the electronic timing system and giving Perez Arau the victory for a 10-point swing.
After FAU protested the event when FIU captured the dual victory 119-118, officials later on Saturday evening ruled that the electronic time would stand. That gave the Owls the dual victory and Lefanowicz the event victory.
Fellow freshman Anett Kovacs picked up victories in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.24), 200-yard butterfly (2:03.41) and 500-yard freestyle (4:59.49) to highlight the performers.
Freshman diver Courtney Hansen won the 3-meter competition, narrowly beating the reigning Sun Belt Conference Swimmer of the Week in Sabrina Beaupre. Hansen tallied 273.45 points after scoring 220.70 points on the lower board to a second-place finish.
Junior Eszter Bucz was also a multiple event winner in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:24.28), 200-yard individual medley (2:05.18) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.78).
On the men's side, five different individuals won events to earn the victory. Senior Mikolaj Czarnecki captured the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.50) and 200-yard freestyle (1:42.35). Fellow senior Csaba Pek won the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.29) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.85). Junior Eric Williams rounded out the multiple event winners with first-place finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. He won the shorter race in 24.49 and posted a time of 47.33 in the longer race.
In diving, freshman Tyler Burrows won the 1-meter competition with 292.50 points and sophomore Ronald Cortina placed first on the 3-meter board, tallying 332.10 points.
The swimming and diving teams return to the pool when it participates in the Georgia Tech Invitational on November 18. Several members will compete at the FGC Winter Championships in Plantation on November 18.