Princeton Won Every Swimming Event in Tri-Meet against FAU, BC

Boston College, Princeton at Florida Atlantic

  • Princeton def. FAU 230-70; Princeton def. Boston College 239-59; BC def. FAU 169.5-124.5
  • Results
  • Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Nov. 2, 2018

Courtesy: Princeton Athletics

Princeton capped a strong training week in Florida with an even stronger showing in its first tri-meet of the 2018-19 season. The Tiger men won every swimming event and added a 1-meter diving win during an impressive afternoon against Florida Atlantic and Boston College. Princeton posted a 230-70 win over the hosts, and a 239-59 win over Boston College.

The Princeton men set the season off on the right tone with a win in the first event, the 200 medley relay. Co-captain Cole Buese led off a quartet that included Corey Lau, Raunak Khosla and Christian Feiler, and that team won the event in 1:31.79.

Sophomore Levy Nathan, coming off one of Princeton’s top freshman seasons last year, showed his growth by winning the 500 free (15:54.50) by more than five seconds over any swimmer in the field.

Senior co-captain Murphy McQuet led a 1-2-3 Princeton finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.52, while underclassmen Joshua Brown and Jonathan Pollock posted strong races for the next two spots. Buese joined his fellow co-captain as an individual winner shortly after, as he won the 100 back in 50.62.

Like Nathan, Corey Lau was coming off one of Princeton’s top freshman seasons, and he posted a win in the 100 breast inn 57.02. Khosla is trying to put up his own strong debut year at Princeton, and he certainly got off on the right foot. After helping win the 200 medley relay, he won the 200 fly in 1:50.69.

Senior Christian Feiler won the 50 free in 20.93, while McQuet grabbed his second individual win by taking the 100 free in 45.55. Buese was quick to match McQuet by winning the 200 back in 1:49.26, and senior Tyler Lin added headed up a 1-2-3-4 Princeton finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.54.

Nathan won the 500 free in 4:37.13, and Buese became Princeton’s first tri-winner by taking the 100 fly in 49.52. Khosla added a 400 IM win in 4:02.38, while the quartet of Joshua Brown, McQuet, Nathan Yates and Feiler won the 200 free relay in 1:22.95.

Charlie Minns also gave new diving coach Sean Letsinger his first win in Orange and Black, as he won the 1-meter diving competition with 328.70 points.

Princeton will now head home and prepare for the annual Big Al Open, which takes place next Friday and Saturday at DeNunzio Pool.

Courtesy: FAU Athletics

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving team racked up several top finishes Friday at FAU Aquatic Center following a 45-minute weather delay. Distance events continue to be a strength for the Owls this season with top finishes in the 500- and 1650-yard freestyle events.

Notables:
Women

  • There was nothing stopping Natalie Clausen in the 1650-yard freestyle, as she came up with a first-place finish with a time of 17:22.37. Caitlin Dunne followed in third (17:40.80).
  • Fatimah Westbrook snatched another first-place title in her first year suiting up for the Owls in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.94). She also tallied a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (53.34).
  • Spence Atkins came up with a silver finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.40. She later captures another first-place title in a distance event this season, with a 5:00.25 finish.
  • On the board, Kaleigh Dundov scored 234.40 to record a fourth-place finish in the 1-meter event. Keegan Fluharty captured fourth in the 3-meter dive (255.10).
  • Fatimah Westbrook, Abby Marshall, Sarah Martin and Kelsey Witkay capped things off for the Owl women with third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Men

  • Will Smith started things off for the men’s individual events with a second-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle. Later on, Smith captured another second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:40.69).
  • Michael Rahrig touched the wall fourth in the 200 fly with his finish of 1:53.91.
  • Braedan Leach tallied a third-place finish with a time of 1:52.32. Leach also finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (52.30).
  • On the board, Logan Downey added another first-place finish to his resume with a score of 322.60 in the 3-meter dive. Downey also placed second in the 1-meter dive (326.85) with Wiley Schmidt following him in fourth (289.70).

Quotable:
“Although they are tired from the hard work they have put in the pool in the past month, our swimmers and divers are executing their races & dives well,” said head coach Lara Preacco. “They are far stronger athletes than they were at this same time last year. These are exciting times for us and for FAU.”

Final Scores:
Women
Princeton 208, FAU 92
FGCU 185, FAU 115
Princeton 170, FGCU 129

Men
BC 169.5, FAU 124.5
Princeton 230, FAU 70
Princeton 239, BC 59

Up Next:
The Owls won’t have much rest, as the team will be making their way south to Coral Gables, Florida, to face the Miami University Hurricanes and Boston College Eagles tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at the Whitten University Center Swimming Pool. While the FAU women’s score will count, the men’s will not. The Owls will be back at FAU Aquatic Center for the Alumni & Family Meet on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.

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