FIU Wins All But 2 Races To Dominate In-State Rival FGCU


  • Jan. 25, 2020
  • Hosted by FGCU
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  1. FIU 201
  2. FGCU 95


FORT MYERS (Jan. 25, 2020) – The FIU swim and dive team traveled up the coast to take on Florida Gulf Coast, as the Panthers earned a lopsided 201-95 victory over the Eagles on Saturday.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 6-3 on the season in dual-meets, while the Eagles drop to 8-8.

“The ladies stepped up and took control of the meet from start to finish today,” Randy Horner said. “The energy was good and I saw a team with a focus on their goals.”

The afternoon kicked off with the 200 medley relay. The Panther team of Julia MirandaSara GyertyanffyKelsie Campbell and Lamija Medosevic took first with a time of 1:43.20, while the team of Michaela Trnkova, Tayler Grabenhorst, Kasia Kolodziej and Jasmine Nocentini took second with their time of 1:44.42.

Rachel Whitaker followed with a victorious performance in the 1000 free when she swam a time of 10:43.26. Medosevic secured the third victory in the 200 free event with Nocentini in third-place (1:52.97).

The Panthers captured the top three spots in the 200 Back, Miranda took first (56.59), Helga Fodor placed second (56.82) and Trnkova touched third (57.75). The 100 breast was won by Gyertyanffy after she swam a time of 1:03.27, Grabenhorst followed in close second with her time of 1:03.58.m

Kolodziej went on to win the 200 Fly (2:04.28)and Emily Cordovi chased second with a time of 2:07.90. In the 50 Free, Paloma Sanchez touched second (24.31) and Alexa Bryant followed in fifth (25.23).

In the 100 free, Jasmine Nocentine swam a time of 51.69, taking the number one spot followed by Helga Fodor in second-place (52.06) and Medosevic in third-place (52.69).

Trnkova was the winner in the 200 back event swimming a time of 2:07.10. Melannie Vargas tapped shortly after at 2:13.74 taking fourth-place. Grabenhorst landed second in the 200 Breast and a time of 2:17.83. In the 12th event of the day, the 500 free, Eriana Temperino placed second clocking in at 5:14.27.

Miranda, Campbelland Kolodziej landed in the top three spots on the 100 fly race with times of 22.92, 56.87 and 57.33, respectively.

The 200 IM race ended with a Gyertyanffy win with a time of 2:06.42, followed by Grabenhorst in the number two spot (2:07.29).

The afternoon in the lanes concluded with a win in the 200 free relay. The team of Nocentini, Fodor, Sanchez and Medosevic finished first with a time of 1:34.90.

In her first dual meet of the season, Mandy Song impressed from both the 1 and 3-meter boards and took the number one spot in both events with scored of 322.65 and 360.70, respectively. From the 3-meter, Rachel Foord followed in second place with her score of 281.30 and Kaitlyn Fredericks placed fifth (249.95).

Maha Gouda took second from the 1-meter with her score of 321.30 and Foord took fourth (261.35).

The Panthers return to Biscayne Bay on Saturday, Feb. 1 to host FAU and honor the 2020 graduating class with ceremonies set to begin at 10:00 a.m.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. –The FGCU swimming & diving team (8-8-1, 4-1 CCSA) dropped a 201-95 decision to FIU (6-3, 0-0 C-USA) on Saturday afternoon at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. The Eagles picked up first-place finishes in three of the meet’s 16 events.

Prior to the meet, which marked the Eagles’ last time competing at the Nest this season, head coach Dave Rollins and staff honored the six members of the class of 2020. Seniors Cassidy Fry (Oakwood, Ohio), Emily Glinecke (Pottstown, Pa.), Madison Jean (Parrish, Fla.), Natalie Keffer (San Gabriel, Calif.), Elizabeth White (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Elizabeth Zeiger (Cumberland, R.I.) have been responsible for 32 dual-meet wins, a pair of CCSA titles and NCAA team appearance during their careers with the Green and Blue.

“It’s a special day when you get to celebrate the careers of your senior class,” Rollins said. “For Liz (Zeiger) to be able to complete her career at home with a win was fantastic and for our seniors to compete in a senior-only relay was really special. Congratulations to Tori (Czarnecka) on going undefeated in the 50 free in our pool this season, Delaney (Nelson) on earning a new personal best on the 3m board and Petra (Halmai) swimming her fastest 200 Breast in a practice suit.”

Sophomore Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland) was the first of the Eagles to earn a podium finish during the meet, earning the win in the 50 Free. Three events later, junior Petra Halmai (Dombovar, Hungary) added a victory in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:16.46, which stands as a three-second season best as well as an NCAA B Cut time. Zeiger accounted for the team’s only other first-place finish of the day, as she took home the 500 Free with a time of 5:06.95.

Freshman Julia Rodriguez (Gainesville, Fla.) and sophomore Joely Merriman (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) also had strong performances in today’s meet, as they each racked up points in two events. Rodriguez finished second in the 200 Back, closely followed by Merriman, and placed fourth in the 200 Fly. Merriman also tallied points in the 50 Free, finishing just behind freshman Hailey Jerew (Miami, Fla.) in fourth place.

On the boards, freshmen Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario) and Delaney Nelson (Cincinnati, Ohio) combined for nine points. Wakefield finished third in both the 3m and 1m events, while Nelson finished fourth in the 3m and fifth in the 1m.

The senior trio of Fry, White and Zeiger accounted for 25 of the team’s 95 points. Zeiger led the way, finishing the day with 15 points after placing first in the 500 Free, third in the 200 Free and third in the 200 IM. Fry’s seven points came from third-place finishes in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 Fly, as well as a fourth-place finish in the 100 Fly. White, who placed fourth in the 200 Breast and fifth in the 100 Breast, rounded out the senior scoring with three points.

“I feel really encouraged by our improvements over the last few weeks and our attention to detail is coming around,” Rollins added. “Looking at how we approach the semester and focus on peak performances at the CCSA Championships, compared to how we swam last year at this time, is very exciting. We are looking forward to getting some much-needed rest over these next few weeks and heading up to Knoxville ready to rock. Thank you to our seniors and their families for their commitment and dedication. They will truly be missed.”

The only non-championship competition remaining on the docket is the South Florida Diving Invite, which is set to take place on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center. The Eagles will be represented by five divers at the event, which will feature the best-of-the-best from FGCU, FAU and FIU.

The rest of the team will now focus its efforts on preparing for the CCSA Championships, which are set to be held from Feb. 19-22 at the Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville. FGCU will look the reclaim its spot at the top of the conference, having won nine of the past 11 titles.

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Head coach Dave Rollins is only the second coach in program history. He was hired Sept. 1, 2016 and owns a 32-20-1 (.615) dual meet record, which includes an 11-2 (.846) mark against CCSA opponents, in his fourth season. Rollins guided FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), as well as the program’s fourth-straight title in 2018, marking the ninth championship in 10 years. In addition, he has been awarded CCSA Coach of the Year in two of his seasons at the helm. Previously, Rollins was the associate head men’s swimming coach at The Ohio State University. Rollins brings over a decade of coaching experience to The Nest, which includes helping to develop Olympians, NCAA Champions and All-Americans, along with multiple conference champions. A native of Brockton, Mass., he was a standout collegiate swimmer in his own right and was inducted into the University of Arizona’s Hall of Fame in 2017, as a nine-time NCAA All-American, national champion, school record holder and team captain.

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