Oct. 3, 2010
Gainesville, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University sophomore swimmer Eszter Bucz continues building her impressive collegiate resume, winning the 200-yard breaststroke event with a career-best time on the final day of the All Florida Invitational hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The Owls finished fifth in the inaugural event that featured the state's top collegiate team including Florida, the defending NCAA Division I national champions. Not surprisingly, the Gators captured the team title.
Bucz was the lone FAU swimmer to win an event during the three-day invitational, dominating the 200-yard breaststroke final by nearly two seconds with a lifetime-best time of 2:17.11. The Hungary native also had a second-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:22.36) on Saturday and ad a career-best time to place third in the 500-yard freestyle event (4:55.75) on Friday. With her performance in individual and relay races, Bucz accounted for 122 of the Owls' 378 points in the meet.
Other FAU top performances on Sunday included junior Erin Hersey, who finished in 10th place in the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.04); junior Jonna Nyback was 10th in the 100-yard freestyle (52.66); freshmen Allie Gonzalez and Anastasia Ivanova placed 13th and 15th, respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly (2:12.36); and freshman Emily Scraggs came home in 15th place in 100-yard freestyle.
Florida Atlantic swimmers also shined in the 200-yard backstroke event with three members tallying points. Freshman Chelsea Richie had another top-10 effort with a time of 2:08.18. Senior Alicia Stevens followed with a 14th place showing and sophomore Michala Nowak was right behind in 15th place.
In the diving competition, sophomore Maegan Butler placed ninth with 241.80 points from the judges on the 1-meter board to add valuable points to the Owls' score.
FAU will return to the pool when it opens the home schedule in a meet against Florida State University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida International University on Friday, October 8. The meet will begin at 4 p.m. from the FAU Aquatic Center, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus.
*************************************** (Men's swimming and diving recap)
The Florida Atlantic University men's swimming and diving team was up to the test in its season-opening meet, placing third against the state's best college teams at the inaugural All Florida Invitational. The event was hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The Owls compiled 687 points over the three days and ranked behind the host Gators and Florida State University. The team will have chance for revenge against the Seminoles on Friday, October 8, during a dual meet starting at 4 p.m. at the FAU Aquatic Center, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus.
Sunday's top performer was junior Mikolaj Czarnecki, who placed third in the 200-yard butterfly event in 1:52.06. That was the first top-five effort of the year for the Lublin, Poland native.
In other action, junior Csaba Pek had another top-10 performance with a ninth-place showing in the 200-yard backstroke event. The Budapest, Hungary native had a 1:52.55 performance in the finals, nearly two seconds faster than his preliminary round time. Adam Corbin was 10th (1:53.23) in the event and David Rudolf came home in 11th place (1:55.34).
Sophomore Eric Williams had another strong day with a sixth-place effort in the 100-yard freestyle race with a time of 47.12. Corbin wound up in 10th place in the event for seven key points.
The Owls were also well represented in the 1,650-yard freestyle with redshirt senior Trevor Lowe earning a 10th-place effort (16:22.08), senior Michael Shimansky being 11th (16:25.24) and senior Rafael Pena in 12th (16.29.65).
Junior Garret LeMon compiled 219.30 points off the 3-meter diving board to finish in 11th place.