Nov. 19, 2010
Atlanta, Ga. - Sophomore Eszter Bucz posted a NCAA championships provisionally-qualifying time to highlight the Florida Atlantic University women's swimming and diving team's performance to begin the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.
The Owls stand in ninth place among the 12-team national field with 60 points. The meet includes No. 1-ranked Texas A&M University, defending national champion University of Florida and in-state rival Florida State University.
Bucz set a career-best time with a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley event (2:00.76), earning 12 points. The Hungary native lowered her time by more than three seconds from the morning's preliminary session.
Junior Jonna Nyback was another top opening-day performer, earning a 15th-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a season-best time (23.62). The Sweden native also contributed to two relay teams that earned valuable team points. She swam the first leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay that came home in 11th place, handing things over to freshmen Emily Scraggs, Kristen LeGro and Kaitlin Smits. The 400-yard medley relay team placed 12th with freshman Alexandra Gonzalez, junior Elisabeth Starke, Bucz and Nyback.
Other season-best times were posted by sophomore Michala Nowak (5:18.24), and juniors Melissa Miller (5:22.55) and Starke (5:23.09) in the 500-yard freestyle event.
Action continues on Saturday with eight events. Preliminary races will take place in the early afternoon with final heat races in the evening.