Dec. 19, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic men's and women's swimming and diving team split their host FAU Invitational on Saturday, each defeating Cincinnati, but falling to Denver.
The women picked up five individual victories in edging Cincinnati, 139-132. They fell to Sun Belt Conference rival Denver, 163-123.
Junior Eszter Bucz and freshman Anett Kovacs each won two events during the meet. Bucz was first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.69) and in the 200-yard IM (2:06.74). She also picked up a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:07.07, and was part of the 200-yard medley relay team that also finished third.
Kovacs touched the wall first in both the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.95) and 500-yard freestyle (5:00.04), while placing as runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.05), less than a half-second behind the winner.
Fellow freshman Iwona Lefanowicz had individual first-, second- and third-place finishes on the day. She won the 100-yard backstroke (58.39), finished second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.00), and was third in the 200-yard IM (2:12.90). She also was part of the 200-yard medley relay team with Bucz that finished third.
Another successful meet was turned in by senior Jonna Nyback, both individually and as part of two relay teams. She was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (24.75) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (53.42), while being part of the second-place 200-yard freestyle relay team (along with Frida Nilsson, Kristen LeGro and Elizabeth Starke) and third-place 200-yard medley team (with Bucz, Lefanowicz and Erin Hersey).
Meanwhile, the men easily defeated Cincinnati, 166-124, but fell to Denver, 165-119.
Eric Williams led the way with two individual and one relay win, picking up victories in the 50-yard freestyle (21.08) and 100-yard butterfly (51.12). He also swam the first leg of the final event of the meet, combining with John Walsh, Alan Forbes and Anthony Fermin to win the first-place finish in a time of 1:25.06.
The junior from Satellite Beach, FL, was only two one-hundredths of a second away from winning another event, but settled for runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.91.
Two seniors also racked up individual victories for the men on Saturday: Csaba Pek (200-yard IM, 1:56.90) and Jay Van Zee (500-yard freestyle, 4:43.14).
Freshman diver Nick Delong had two runner-up finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, finishing with respective scores of 284.85 and 307.50.
Both squads won't be back in action until after the holiday break, when they host another FAU Invite on Wednesday, January 4th.