Halmai Wins 3, But Miami Women Top FGCU 198-100

FGCU vs. Miami Dual Meet

  • FGCU Aquatics Complex, Fort Myers, FL
  • Short Course Yards
  • January 12, 2022
  • Results 
  • Miami 198 – FGCU 100

The University of Miami women defeated Florida Gold Coast University in a dual meet at FGCU on Jan. 12, 198-100. Miami dominated the meet, winning a majority of the events including both relays. FGCU Senior Petra Halmai won three individual events for the Eagles, but it was not enough to match Miami’s women. 

Halmai earned her first win for FGCU in the 200 fly. She trailed Miami’s Isabel Traba at the 100, but finished strong in a time of 2:04.40. Halmai split a 1:03.94 on her second 100, well ahead of Traba’s second 100 split of 1:04.97. Both women were out in 1:00 low, with Traba having an advantage of three-tenths.

Halmai earned her second win of the meet in the 200 breaststroke. The Hungarian national finished in 2:18.97, well ahead of 100 breast winner Giulia Carvalho (2:22.31). Halmai was well off of her season best time of 2:09.78, set in November at the Georgia Tech Invitational. She was 11th in the 200 breast at the 2021 NCAA Championships, where she went 2:06.89.

Petra Halmai’s third win came in the 400 IM, finishing in 4:30.81. FGCU swimmers also finished in 3-4, helping FGCU outscore Miami in the event 14-4. 

Halmai was the only 2021 All-American swimmer in the meet, but she alone could not keep up with Miami’s relative-depth.

The Hurricanes began the meet with a commanding lead, winning the 200 medley relay before going 1-2-3 in both the 1000 free and 200 free. Adrianna Cera won the 1000 in 10:20.96 while Carmer San Nicolas Martinez touched first in the 200 free, finishing in 1:52.91. Cera would also win the 500 free in a time of 5:06.68.

In addition to their 1-2-3 finishes in the 1000 and 200, Miami also finished 1-2 in the 50, 100, and 500 frees. In the 50 Miami’s Jacey Hinton won for the Hurricanes in 23.86. Miami’s Sydney Napp and FGCU’s Tori Czarnecka had a close race for second, with Napp out-touching Czarnecka by .06 (24.21). 

Hinton and Napp also finished 1-2 in the 100 free. Hinton again finished first, this time with a 51.73. 

Miami’s Danika Huizinga and FGCU’s Emma Hixenbaugh battled in the backstroke events. The 100 back featured a close race between Miami’s Danika Huizinga and FGCU’s Emma Hixenbaugh. Hixenbaugh led by .02 at the 50, but Huizinga came home well faster finishing in 58.37 to Hixenbaugh’s 58.86. 

In the 200 back Huizinga completed her sweep of the backstroke, with Hixenbaugh again finishing second. Huizinga went 2:05.58, finishing a little more than a second ahead of Hixenbaugh. 

Miami continued their strong performance with another 1-2-3 sweep in the breast. Giulia Carvalho took the race in 1:04.91. Carvalho trailed teammate Zorryonna Mason a little over a tenth at the 50, but ended up winning by close to a second. 

Carvalho added a second individual win in the 100 fly, finishing in 57.13. 

Miami head coach Andy Kershaw said “At this time of year, all teams across the country are coming out of a heavy training phase. Everyone is tired. Maybe we don’t see the times that we would hope to see or like to see, or are used to seeing, but that’s a result of keeping our eyes on the future. The one thing you can still do, but it’s hard to do, is bring the energy in those moments.”

Dave Rollins, head coach for FGCU, said the meet was a “tough loss” and that “being off racing for two months showed in our events and we get to learn and grow from today. I’m excited for our effort and support.”

The Miami Hurricanes next face Florida State at home on Jan. 21st. 

FGCU next swim at Florida International on Jan 20th.

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