Jan. 13, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's and women's swimming diving teams will face their nationally ranked opponent of 2011 when they travel to face No. 4-ranked University of Florida in a dual match on Saturday, January 15, in Gainesville. Florida's women's team in the defending NCAA Division I national champions.
FAU is coming off strong performances against nationally ranked Purdue University and Louisiana State University in its own invitational, along with Ivy League opponents University of Pennsylvania and Brown University. The team is striving to improve its performances in hopes of peaking at the Sun Belt Conference champions in late February.
The men's team is led by junior Mikolaj Czarnecki, this week's Sun Belt Conference Male Swimmer of the Week, who won the 200-yard butterfly at the FAU Invitational and posted a season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly race; senior Adam Corbin, who is strong in freestyle and relay events; and junior Csaba Pek, who has been named the Sun Belt Conference's Male Swimmer of the Week once this season. Other top performers for the team include senior backstroke specialist David Rudolf, sophomore freestyle swimmer Eric Williams and junior diver Ryan King.
Meanwhile, the women's team is led by standout sophomore Eszter Bucz, who has provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in three events and has set two school records this season. She had three top-five performances, including an event victory, in Gainesville earlier this season while competing in the All Florida Invitational, which also featured the Gators. Fellow sophomore Maegan Butler has compiled a consistent season in the one- and three-meter diving competitions. She was named this week's conference female diver of the week. Other strong performers include junior freestyle swimmer Jonna Nyback, junior butterfly and freestyle specialist Erin Hersey and freshman butterfly swimmer Anastasia Ivanova.