Florida Tech Men Defeat FAU, Women Fall

by SwimSwam 0

November 05th, 2016 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Meet Stats

  • Complete results
  • Hosted by Florida Tech (Panther Aquatic Center)
  • November 4, 2016
  • 25 yard, men’s and women’s dual meet
  • Score
    • Men: Florida Tech 117, FAU 87
    • Women: FAU 127, Florida Tech 78

Press Release

Courtesy of FAU Athletics

Florida Atlantic University women’s swimming and diving claimed their first victory of the season at Florida Tech on Friday, Nov. 4, with a final score of 127-78, which was driven by winning performances by Lydia Musleh, Sharon Kok, Danielle Zacharias and Melanie Doan. The men’s team was solid as well with Connor Smoak and John Brennock earning first-place finishes of their own.

Coach’s Quote
“I am proud of the way they cheered each other on as one team, and the way that they raced each race giving 100 percent,” said Head Swimming and Diving Coach Lara Preacco. “Their will to work hard at practice, win and score points for their teammates and team is unwavering. It shows their commitment to FAU and their love for one another, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Making A Splash

  • Musleh’s first win of the year came in the 100-yard butterfly as the sophomore completed the race in 59.99.
  • Sharon Kok again dominated the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle taking first in 1:55.10 and 5:12.59, respectively, marking her third win in the 200 free and second in the 500 free this season.
  • Freshman Danielle Zacharias had a time of 17:46.71in the 1650-yard freestyle, which was good for first place. This is her third win of the year in distance events.
  • Melanie Doan rounded out the solo wins for the women as she saw victory in the 200-yard IM (2:13.99).
  • The women’s 400-yard medley relay team of Kalanne Krause, Hannah Roper, Kelsey Witkay and Musleh opened the meet with a first-place finish with a time of 3:58.48. Doan, Kok, Emily Summa and Roper also had their own first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.51).


  • Junior John Brennock picked up his third win in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 51.00. The Owls also claimed second and third place in this event as Alex Taber and Christian Pineiro came in with times of 53.53 and 53.69.
  • With his first solo win of the season, freshman Connor Smoak swam a 1:45.03 in the 200 free, earning him a lifetime best in this event.
  • The men’s team finished behind Florida Tech with a final score of 117-87.

Up Next
The team will put all of their hard work and training to the test when they head to Fairfax, Va. to take part in George Mason’s Patriot Invitational on Nov. 17-19.

Press Release

Courtesy of Florida Tech Athletics

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s & Women’s Swimming) – Swimming in the first meet at the Panther Aquatic Center of the 2016-17 season, Florida Tech’s men’s team defeated the Florida Atlantic Owls 117-87 Friday afternoon.

The FIT women swam admirably but ultimately were outmatched by FAU by a 127-78 score. On the day the Panthers won 13 of the 22 events held.

The 400 medley relay team of Emanuele Rossi, Nathan Hufnagel, Victor Furtado and Thomas Steenberg got the first win of the meet for FIT, touching first in a time of 3:26.85. Ferruccio Rossi took the mile after completing his 66 lengths in 16:32.93.

Lauren Suarez earned the women’s team’s first win, placing first in the 50 free with a time of 24.17, while Edward Ilako finished first in the men’s version of the race, timing in at 20.96. Next up was Nathan Hufnagel, who won the 200 IM in 1:54.79, while Adi Davidov was the winner in the 100 fly, touching in 51.76.

The Panthers won both 100 free races, with Neta Saar timing in at 54.25 and Furtado setting a 44.92, well under the B cut qualifying time. Dar Raz continued her supremacy in the 100 back, pacing the field in 1:00.21.

Emanuele Rossi was victorious in the 500 free, making the final touch in 4:45.07, while Carter Juskevich (1:07.14) and Hufnagel (58.49) won their respective 100 breast races.

Furtado, Filip Dujmic, Jonah Rieman and Ilako ended the meet with a win in the 200 free relay, completing the circuit in 1:24.02 for first.

The Panthers return to the Panther Aquatic Center next Friday, hosting Keiser in the final tune up before the Panther Invitational, slated for Nov. 18-20.

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