Florida International Downs Illinois, Miami (Fla.)

Florida International vs. Illinois, Miami

  • Nov. 1-2, 2019
  • Miami, Florida
  • FIU def. Illinois 271-177; Miami def. Illinois 228-217; FIU def. Miami 267-180
  • Results

Courtesy: FIU Athletics

MIAMI – The FIU swim and dive team wrapped up the weekend against two Power-5 opponents on a perfect 2-0 note, improving to 4-3 on the season.

Over the course of two days, FIU downed Illinois 271-177 and went on to beat Miami 267-180 to complete a perfect weekend in the pool.

On Friday, while the divers dominated at the UC Pool on the University of Miami campus, the swimmers achieved success in the lanes, taking first place in eight of 11 events to end the day on a high note.

From the 3-meter board Rachel Foord took first with a score of 330.30, while Maha Gouda landed in fourth place with a score of 281.10. On the platform, Gouda was the victor (241.65), Food took third (231.20) and Brittany Haskell took fourth (203.80).

In the pool, the evening welcomed a win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.52. FIU then went on to take second place in the 50 breast when Sara Gyertyanffy touched a time of 29.19. Taylor Grabenhorst and Delanie Goll took third and fourth place with times of 29.59 and 30.16, respectively.

Lamija Medosevic took second in the 50 free (23.77), while Helga Fodor took fourth (24.20). Kasia Kolodziej won the 200 fly when she tapped at 2:01.89, followed by Emily Cordovi in third place with a time of 2:05.70.

Grabenhorst was victorious in the 200 breast with her swim of 2:18.59 and Goll finished shortly after with her time of 2:21.18. Julia Miranda took the number one spot on the 100 back with her time of 56.55.

Before Kolodziej was the winner in the 50 fly (25.53), Medosevic tapped third in the 200 free (1:51.13) and FIU closed out day one action picking up the final win in the 400 free relay (3:27.06).

Saturday’s action opened up with the 400 medley relay, in which the Panther team of Julia Miranda, Taylor Grabenhorst, Kasia Kolodziej and Lamija Medosevic took first place with a time of 3:45.69, while the team of Michaela Trnkova, Delaine Goll, Emily Codovi and Helga Fodor landed in second-place with a time of 3:52.96.

Rachel Whitaker and Chole Hampson battled in the 1000 free, landing the fourth and fifth-place with times of 10:45.58 and 11:04.96, respectively. Soon after, Sara Gyertyanffy was the winner of the 100 IM with her swim of 58.03. Goll and Eriana Temperino followed in the number three and four spot.

Miranda notched second in the 50 back event touching .13 shy of first-place and Melannie Vargas followed in third place. Grabenhorst went on to win the 100 breast (1:03.71) and Gyertyanffy came in second (1:04.19).

Medosevic followed with a victorious performance in the 100 free (50.98) while Fodor chased and took third-place (52.00). Miranda went on to win the 200 back event (2:02.92) and Kasia Kolodziej won the 100 fly when she touched at 56.31.

The 400 IM was won by Grabenhorst who tapped first at 4:30.21 and FIU tapped second in the 200 medley relay to conclude the race in the pool. The team of Medosevic, Fodor, Gyertyanffy and Sanchez swam a time of 1:35.02.

Maha Gouda took home a dub from the 1-meter event with her score of 293.35 and Rachel Foord followed in third-place (280.55) to lift the Panthers to wins over both opponents.

The Panthers will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to compete in the Purdue Invite on Nov. 21-23.

Courtesy: Illinois Athletics

MIAMI, Fla. –  The Illinois swimming and diving team came up short in a double dual meet against Florida International and Miami in Miami, Fla., on Saturday at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center. The Illini were defeated by FIU (271-177) and Miami (228-217).

“Overall, I thought that the team competed strong over the two days,” said head coach Sue Novitsky. “We put them in a challenging environment and wanted to see how we would handle it.  We need to continue to figure out how to handle some adversity and keep making changes.  It was a close meet against Miami and we had our chances, now we need to learn from all of our events and take steps forward.”

On Friday, sophomore Abigail Cabush earned two first-place finishes in individual events for the Fighting Illini.

Cabush got off to a strong start for the Illini as she touched the wall first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:01.67. The Sussex, Wis., native would later earn her second victory of the day in the 200 freestyle (1:50.38). Senior Kristin Anderson kept the momentum going for the Orange and Blue after picking up a win of her own in the 50 freestyle, completing the event with a time of :23.62.

Junior Michelle McCord claimed second place in the 200 individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:06.43. McCord also picked up third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.07). Sophomore Sarah Cano and senior Rebecca Corzine each earned a bronze in the 100 backstroke (:57.54) and the 50 butterfly (:26.10), respectively. Freshman Kaleigh Haworth took fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:24.72), while junior Jimena Martinez placed fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:08.37).

In the 200 medley relay, the team consisting of redshirt-senior Aby Olson, freshman Divya Kale, Corzine and Anderson claimed third, finishing with a time of 1:46.62. The 400 freestyle relay team, consisting of Cabush, junior Emma Curtis, freshman Athena Salafatinos and Anderson also picked up a third-place finish with a time of 3:32.08.

Day two of competition began with the 400 medley relay, as Cano, Kale, freshman Isabelle Guerra and Anderson place fourth in the event with a time of 3:53.71. The Illini 400 medley relay team consisting of Salafatinos, Martinez, Corzine and Cabush placed fifth.

Freshman Hannah Aegerter claimed second in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:33.97, while sophomore Abigail Martin finished the event with a time 10:35.62 to take fourth.

Olson picked up the only first place individual event finish for the Orange and Blue on the day, as the Loves Park, Ill., native swam a time of :26.55 in the 50 backstroke. The next Illini victory came from the fastest 200 freestyle relay team, consisting of Cabush, Anderson, Guerra and Curtis, finishing with a time of 1:34.96.

Martinez came away with a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley (4:30.52), while senior Jamie Kolar took third with a time of 2:05.86 in the 200 backstroke.

On the Boards
On Friday, sophomore Taylor Shegos came away with a ninth-place finish in the 3-meter diving competition (230.05) and a sixth-place finish in platform diving (157.05). Freshman Erin Young  took 10th and seventh in the 3-meter and platform, respectively, while sophomore Madelyn Crosby finished in eighth with a score of 233.35 in the 3-meter.

Shegos and Crosby competed in the 1-meter diving competition Saturday. Shegos scored a 259.45 and Crosby had a six dive total of 237.80 to take sixth and eighth place, respectively.

Up Next
The Illini will take a two-week break before getting back in the pool. The Fighting Illini divers will travel to the Texas Hall of Fame Diving Invitational in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 22, while the swimmers will head to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete in the House of Champions Invitational Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24.

Courtesy: Miami Athletics

MIAMI – The Miami Hurricanes swimming & diving team split a pair of results over the weekend at FIU, earning a win over Illinois and falling to the host Panthers in a tri-meet at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

Miami topped the Fighting Illini, 228-217, and fell to FIU, 267-180, in a meet that began Friday and concluded early Saturday afternoon.

“It was great to get a ‘W’ over a Big Ten school, and definitely good mark for the program,” head swimming coach Andy Kershaw said. “Hats off to FIU. They’ve got it rolling for sure, this year. They’re looking good. They certainly gave us a test.”

Sophomore Zorry Mason was among Miami’s top scorers in the two-day event, finishing with a number of impressive times in signature events. Among other impressive times, Mason won the 50-yard breaststroke (28.75) and also won her signature event, the 200-yard IM (2:02.58).

But Kershaw said a deeper dive into Mason’s performances gives a better look at the progress his group has made as a whole.

“I’m pretty happy with our performances, looking internally. I think we’re in a really good place, in terms of talent level and things like that,” Kershaw said. “When I’m looking at our times and comparing them to where we’ve been in the past, looking at what we’ve got ahead, I’m pretty excited.

“Zorry is a perfect example. Her 200 IM this year is two seconds faster than a year ago. Her 100 breast is faster. A lot of really good performances.”

Junior Sydney Knapp, a team captain, is another swimmer that Kershaw pointed to as someone reaping the benefits of hard work in the offseason.

Knapp posted a second-place time of 1:50.75 in the 200-yard freestyle.

“Sydney is another one who really stepped up. She went a lifetime best in the 200 free Friday, which, without a tech suit and in a dual meet in November, is pretty impressive,” he said. “It’s four seconds faster than she was at this weekend last year, and that’s a real credit to her.”

Miami had three of the top-four fastest times in the 500-yard freestyle, with freshman Aino Otava (5:02.44, second), freshman Andrea Todorovic (5:06.81, third) and senior Claire McGinnis (5:07.48, fourth), leading the way.

Otava had the best time in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:30.05) while Mason took the top finish in the 100-yard IM (56.22). Mason won the 100-yard breaststroke Friday (1:03.40) and freshman Isabel Traba (56.34) had the second-best time in the 100-yard butterfly.

On the boards, the Hurricanes were paced by Millie Haffety, who took second in the 1-meter (289.30) and 3-meter (301.25), and the return of Alicia Blagg, who was third in the 1-meter (282.40).

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we have some great things ahead,” Kershaw said. “That midseason invite, going out to Kansas and hopefully we’ll be in the run for a win at that meet, but I know Kansas will be ready to go, just like Iowa State and the other teams that will be out there.

“There was a lot of hard work being done and we’ve put it to them the last couple of weeks and saw a much tougher team today.”

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