Hurricanes Top FIU in Season Opener

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October 03rd, 2016 College, Previews & Recaps

Miami Press Release:

Courtesy of Hurricane Athletics.

After being postponed due to inclement weather Friday night, the University of Miami swimming & diving team kicked off its dual meet season Saturday morning on a high note, toppling FIU, 161-101, at the Whitten University Center Pool.

“Overall, it was a good race. We executed all of the things we have been working on and I think it paid off this morning,” head swimming coach Andy Kershaw explained. “I was most impressed by our race discipline and how we completed our underwater turns in addition to how we finished and paced our races.”

First-place finishes included top showings from junior Julie Suarez in the 200 freestyle (1:51.10) and 100 freestyle (51.19), senior Christina Leander in the 100 backstroke (55.78) and 200 IM (2:06.69, freshman Chantal Noe in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.39), senior Angela Algee in the 200 butterfly (2:01.89) and 100 butterfly (55.14), Iliana Oikonomou in the 50 freestyle (23.92) and Roxanne Yu in the 200 backstroke (2:01.73).

After starting the morning with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay followed by senior Cameron Davis’ second place finish in the 1000 freestyle, the Hurricanes returned to the top of the podium in dominant fashion.

In the 200 freestyle Suarez, sophomore Ianire Casarin and freshman Manon Viguier swept the event, giving the Hurricanes their first lead of the meet, 28-27.

In the 100 backstroke, Yu finished second behind her teammate Leander with a time of 56.98, edging out FIU’s Jenny Alfani (57.00) to maintain the Hurricanes’ positive momentum.

Miami took first and third in the 100 breaststroke, thanks to Noe and seniorJulia Schippert (1:06.70). Algee and junior Jessica Hurley (2:07.13) finished first and third in the 200 fly, while Oikonomou and Viguier (23.94) claimed the top two spots in the 50 freestyle.

Oikonomou later added a second place finish to her resume with a time of 51.82. In the 200 breastroke, Schippert placed second while freshman Claire McGinnis and Davis finished second and third in the 500 freestyle.

The Hurricanes closed out the morning with the 400 freestyle relay team of Viguier, Oikonomou, Suarez and Algee finishing first with a time of 3:26.64.

Following the victory over FIU, Miami will travel to Dallas for a two-day event at the SMU Classic, starting Oct. 14.

“Now we get a little chance to get back to working on improving the things we have been working on,” Kershaw said. “Our next competition is a unique one, it is a lot of fun. We have some decisions to make about who is going to compete because we are only allowed to take a limited amount of people to the SMU Classic.”

To keep up to date with the women’s swimming and diving team, follow the squad on Twitter and Instagram @CanesSwimDive.

Miami Press Release: Courtesy of Hurricane Athletics.

Florida International University Press Release:

Courtesy of FIU athletics.

The FIU swimming and diving team began the 2016-17 season with a strong showing at Miami on Saturday. The Panthers collected four first-, five second-, and five third-place finishes versus the Hurricanes as FIU fell 161-101, at the Whitten University Center Pool on the UM campus.

The meet, which was initially scheduled for Friday evening, was postponed to Saturday morning due to inclement weather the night before.

The Panthers opened the contest with a first-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay as Naomi Ruele, Taylor Grabenhorst, Letizia Bertelli and Jennifer Deist recorded a 1:44.20.

Kyna Pereira continued where she left of last season claiming the 1000 and 500 Free. The native of Umkomaas, South Africa, notched a top time of 10:17.50 in the 1000 Free and followed that up with a time of 5:02.70 in the 500 Free, beating UM’s Claire McGinnis by two seconds for the win. Pereira also finished third in the 100 Free (51.86).

Grabenhorst made the most of her first collegiate outing, winning the 200 Breast (2:23.08), while finishing second in the 100 Breast (1:06.00) and the 200 IM (2:10.50). Also placing in the 200 Breast was junior Chase Harris, who posted a time of 2:25.57.

Deist, who helped FIU win the 200 Medley Relay, finished second in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:06.28.Naomi Ruele had a third-place finish in the 50 Free (23.96), while junior Skye Carey posted a time of 2:04.93 in the 200 Backstroke and a third-place result.

The Panthers closed out the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 Free Relay as the team of Bertelli, Ruele, Deist and Pereira scored a time of 3:28.79.

FIU will next travel to Houston, Texas, for Dual-A-Palooza, hosted by Rice Nov. 14-15.

Fans are encouraged to follow the Panthers on Twitter (@FIUSwimDive) and become a fan on Facebook ( for all the latest Swimming and Diving news. Follow all of FIU‘s 18 athletic teams on Twitter (@FIUAthletics), Facebook (, YouTube (FIUPanthers), and Instagram (FIUathletics).

FIU Press Release: courtesy of FIU athletics. 

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