Akron’s Paulina Nogaj Swims 53.6 100 Fly in Win Over Miami (OH) in MAC Dual

AKRON vs MIAMI (OH) (women’s dual)

  • October 5th, 2019
  • Oxford, OH
  • Short Course Yards
  • Results


  1. Akron – 186
  2. Miami (OH) – 114

Akron downed Mid-American Conference opponent Miami (OH) in a 186-114 decision. The Zips won 11 of 16 events on the day, including both relays.

Miami got a huge boost from sophomore Camila Lins de Mello, who was the sole 3-event winner of the day. Lins de Mello got things rolling with a very quick 1:48.49 to win the 200 free by over 2 seconds. She was really consistent in the race, splitting 27.35, 27.50, and 27.72 on the last 3 50s of the race. Lins de Mello also went on to win the 100 free comfortably as well, clocking a 50.49. She again split that race well, flipping at 24.75 on the first 50, and bringing it home in 25.74. Akron’s Morgan Waggoner (51.93), Sofia Hennel (52.46), and Ellie Nebraska (53.32) were the next swimmers in. Hennel had won the 50 free earlier in the meet with a 23.71. Lins de Mello then won the 200 IM by nearly 3 seconds, touching in 2:03.01, thanks to the fastest fly, back, and breast splits in the field (27.30/30.77/35.68). Lins de Mello concluded her meet with a 50.24 anchor leg on the Miami A 400 free relay. Her split was the fastest in the field.

Paulina Nogaj kicked off her regular season with a speedy 53.61 to win the 100 fly. That time stands as Nogaj’s fastest dual meet performance in her NCAA career. Earlier in the meet, Nogaj earned a 2nd place finish in the 200 free with a 1:50.76, which was also her fastest dual meet performance to date. Nogaj also provided a quick 24.41 fly split on the 200 medley relay, which was the fastest split in the field considerably. Nogaj also led off the Akron A 400 free relay with a 50.81, which was only beaten by Lins de Mello’s 50.24 anchor.

Akron freshman Weronika Gorecka swept the backstroke events in her first NCAA dual meet. Gorecka swam a 55.54 to win the 100 back, clearing the field by about 2.5 seconds. She then clocked a 1:58.61 in the 200 back, which was good for the win by almost 7 seconds. Gorecka led off the Akron C 400 free relay with a 53.50.

Akron junior Paula Garcia swept the breaststroke events. Garcia touched in 1:03.85 in the 100 breast, coming home in a very quick 32.81 on the second 50. She then won the 200 breast in 2:18.70, which stands as her fastest dual meet time ever. She also even split the race, going 1:09.17/1:09.53.


  • 500 free: Brooke Lamoureux (Akron) – 5:02.69
  • 200 fly: Kayleigh Cannon (Miami) – 2:01.73
  • 1 meter diving: Andrea Bugariu (Akron) – 265.35
  • 3 meter diving: Andrea Bugariu (Akron) – 251.99


OXFORD, Ohio – Akron Swimming and Diving team edged Miami in the first Mid-American Conference dual of the season, 186-114, to open the season in the win column.

“I’m really proud of our team today. Our energy, composure, and mental focus was excellent for this early in the season. Being early in the season, we definitely saw some technical things we could improve upon, and will do so in the weeks ahead” said head coach Brian Peresie.

The 200 Medley relay team of sophomore Lauren Cooper (Dublin, Ohio), sophomore Andrea Fischer (Oak Grove, Minn.), junior Paulina Nogaj (Radom, Poland) and sophomore Sofia Henell (Linkoping, Sweden) got a quick start off the blocks to begin the meet, turning in a first place time of 1:43.16. Akron also took second and Miami took third.

In the 1000 freestyle, Akron senior Jessica Bonezzi (Wooster, Ohio) touched the wall second with a time of 10:20.37. Sophomore McKenzie Rice (Liberty Township, Ohio) finished shortly after, with a third-place time of 10:26.18.

Nogaj and senior Jackie Pash (Carmel, Ind.) both earned points for the Zips finishing in second (1:50.76) and third (1:53.32), respectively.

Akron came back strong by winning the next two swimming events, with freshman Weronika Gorecka (Wroclaw, Poland) touching the wall in a time of 55.54 in the 100 backstroke and Garcia clocking in at 1:03.85 in the 100 breaststroke.

The two teams would split victories in the next two events.  Fresh off competing in the 1000 free, Bonezzi powered through for second place in the 200 butterfly (2:02.90). Henell posted her first victory of the season in the 50 free in a time of 23.71.

Akron came out on top in the one-meter diving event, with three divers finishing in the top four. Junior Andrea Bugariu (Shelby Twp., Mich.) placed first with a score of 265.35. Finishing second in her diving debut was freshman Paige Kalik (Irwin, Penn.), who finished with a score of 242.91.

Bugariu’s score was strong enough to qualify her for post-season competition at the 2020 NCAA Diving Zone C Championship.

Rounding out the top four was junior Megan Nugent (Rochester, N.Y.), who finished with a score of 223.19.

After the first eight events, Akron held a 94-47 edge over Miami.

In the 100 freestyle the Zips once again took three of the top four spots with senior Morgan Waggoner (Fremont, Ohio), Henell, and senior Ellie Nebraska (Delaware, Ohio) finishing second (51.93), third (52.46), and fourth (53.32), respectively.

The Zips would go on a winning streak from there, placing first in the next five events.

Gorecka was able to touch the wall first in the 200 backstroke, finishing at 1:58.61. Newcomer Victoria Kaufman (Westminster, Md.) finished third with a time of 2:06.75.

Garcia and Fisher took first and second in the 200 breaststroke with times of 2:18.70 and 2:19.73, respectively.

In her second race of the day, junior Brooke Lamoureux (Victoria, Canada) placed first in the 500 free, with a time of 5:02.69. Finishing second was senior Mackenzie Vargas (Roseville, Calif.) at 5:06.07.

In the 100 butterfly, three Zips finished in the top four, with Nogaj throwing down a scorching 53.61 to win the event. Teammate Bonezzi took third (57.89) while freshman Rachel Schiffli (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed fourth (58.15).

In the 3-meter dive, Bugariu once again took the crown, finishing with a score of 251.99. Rounding out the top five was Kalik, with a score of 214.49.

“The divers were very strong today. It was very exciting watching Andrea attain an NCAA Zone qualifying score this early in the season” said diving coach Chris Medvedeff.

In the final individual event of the day, Pash had her highest finish of the day, placing second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.94.

Akron’s winning relay comprised of Nogaj (50.81), Schiffli (52.81), Waggoner (52.44), and Henell (51.53) finished with a total time of 3:27.59. Akron also finished third as Cooper, freshman Olivia DeRodes (Fremont, Ohio), Kaufman, and freshman Alivia Farber (Waukesha, Wis.) touched in a time of 3:35.42.



OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s swimming and diving team (0-3, 0-1 MAC) fell to the defending MAC Champion Akron Zips on Saturday by a 186-114 margin. The RedHawks won five events during the meet.

Camila Lins de Mello won all three individual events she competed in. She first defended her 200 free title (1:48.49), beating all other swimmers by more than two seconds. Lins de Mello went on to win the 100 free (50.49) by more than one second and the 200 IM (2:03.01) by almost three seconds.

Emma Bradley won the 1000 free (10:19.04) and Kayleigh Cannon won the 200 fly (2:01.73), each doing so by more than one second. Cannon also finished second in the 100 fly (56.73).

Maddie Folta led the Miami divers with a runner-up finish in the 3-mtr dive (247.65) and a third-place finish in the 1-mtr dive (241.49).

Caroline Ehlers was the runner up in the 50 free (23.84). In the 500 free, Ashlyn Underhill finished third (5:06.46).

Carolyn Jungers finished second in the 100 back (58.08) while Izzy Herb was second in the 200 back (2:05.30).

In the 100 breast, Sam Sutton finished third (1:04.76) to lead Miami’s swimmers. Hannah Fuchs was the third-place finisher in the 200 breast (2:19.83).

Underhill, Herb, Ehlers and Lins de Mello finished second in the 400 free relay (3:29.52) to end the meet. In the 200 medley relay, Herb, Sutton, Madison Hoehn and Ehlers finished third (1:45.16).

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