Feb. 5, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - On a day in which the Florida Atlantic University men's swimming and diving program honored its eight seniors, the team put together one of its most impressive showings in defeating Daytona Beach State College, 185-96, on Saturday afternoon at the FAU Aquatic Center in Boca Raton.
On Senior Day the program honored Adam Corbin, Chris Cruts, Tyler Griffith, Eric Jackwin, Trevor Lowe, Rafael Pena, David Rudolf and Michael Shimanky.
FAU won 15 of the 16 events and tallied 29 top-three showings in the regular-season finale. The Owls had three swimmers win multiple events.
Corbin shined in his last home meet, winning the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. The Clearwater, Fla. native led from start-to-finish to win the shorter race by three seconds in 47.03 while winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.85 in the 200-yard freestyle. He also had a runner-up performance in the 500-yard freestyle (4:39.24). Junior Mikolaj Czarnecki continued to excel in butterfly events, wining the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.18. Later the Poland native earned a win in the 500-yard freestyle (4:36.24).
Rounding out the multiple event winners was junior Csaba Pek in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.43) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.17). The Hungary native rounded out his day with a first-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:13.41). Sophomore Alan Forbes finished in second place in both breaststroke events.
In diving, freshman Ronald Cortina had a consistent day with first-place honors in the three-meter competition (332.63) after earning a runner-up showing on one-meter dives (261.16). Junior Ryan King won the lower board with 274.13 points from the judges. Griffith picked up a victory in the 100-yard backstroke (53.11) while recording a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (52.38). Rudolf won the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.44).
Rounding out the event winners was Shimansky in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:14.95). The Gainesville, Fla. native won by a 16-second margin.
Pena earned runner-up honors in the 400-yard IM (4:13.42), losing to Pek by .01-second. The Owls will continue preparations for the Sun Belt Conference Championships set for February 23-26 in Rockwall, Tex.