Czarnecka, Halmai and Wakefield take top honors as swimming and diving finish second at CCSA
LYNCHBURG, Virginia – The FGCU swimming and diving team wrapped up the 2022 CCSA Championships on Saturday, finishing in second place with 1,586 points, only behind title-winning Liberty with 1,830.5 points.
“Congratulations to these incredible young women,” said the head coach david rollins. “They seized every moment and were the best team a coach could ask for. So many amazing moments, co-diver and swimmers in the competition, 4 relay wins, new best times and let’s dive into the history of the school, many lifetime records and many memories they will hold for years to come. I am grateful to be a part of it and look forward to seeing what the future holds.
The Eagles won major awards as a senior Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland/Liceum 10 NR W Lublinie) and redshirt-senior Petra Halmai (Dombovar, Hungary / Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) shared swimmer of the meet honors after combining for 12 medals, including 10 gold.
This is the 11th time in 15 years that the FGCU has produced the meet swimmer.
Halma, named swimmer of the competition for the second consecutive year, made history on the final day by winning the 200 breaststroke for the fourth consecutive year. She becomes the first FGCU swimmer to beat four laps in multiple events as she also picked up her fourth consecutive gold medal in the 100 breaststroke yesterday. She is also only the second swimmer in CCAA history to accomplish the feat after Lindsey Martin of Davidson accomplished the feat in the 50 and 100 freestyles from 2008 to 2011.
Czarnecka picked up his sixth and seventh medals of the week tonight winning silver in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.65 before winning gold in the 400 freestyle relay with junior Kaja Reinhardt (Herdecke, Germany/Helene-Lange-Gymnasium Dortmund), senior Britney Pike (Boerne, Texas/Boerne Samuel V. Champion/Arkansas), and junior Hailey Jeremy (Miami, Fla./Cutler Bay Senior High) with a time of 3:20.25. Of Czarnecka’s seven medals, six of them were gold, including two individual races and four relays.
Junior Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada/Bishop Macdonnelle CHS) also won a major award as she was named co-diver of the meet. She won gold in 3 meters on the first night before winning bronze in 1 meter yesterday. It is also the second time in her career that she has won the Diver of the Meet after earning the honor in 2020 and the ninth time overall that an FGCU diver has won the award.
In other last night events, sophomore Emma Hixenbaugh (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) qualified for the “A” final with a time of 1:59.73, the ninth fastest time in school history. In Saturday night’s final, she finished in sixth place with a time of 2:00.93.
In the 100 freestyle, Jerew and Reinhardt tied for fourth with a time of 50.39 while in the 200 breaststroke, junior Anna Hogan (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual HS) finished sixth with a time of 2:17.88 and second Rebecca Win (Warwick, UK/The Kingsley School) finished eighth at 2:19.16.
Next up for the Eagles is the UF Last Chance Meet on February 26-27. As the name of the game suggests, the Eagles will have one last chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Halmai and Czarnecka have already qualified for the NCAAs by swimming times under the “B” cup standard while Wakefield, senior Megan Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada/Centennial CVI) junior DelaneyNelson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) and Junior Isabelle Keene (Demorest, Ga./Tallulah Falls School) all qualified for NCAA Zone Diving March 6-8. The NCAA Swimming Championships will be held March 16-19.
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HEAD COACH DAVE ROLLINS
The head coach david rollins is only the second coach in program history. He was hired Sept. 1, 2016 and boasts a 35-26-1 (.573) dual meet record, which includes a 14-2 (.875) mark against CCAA opponents, in his sixth season. . Rollins guided the FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), as well as the program’s fourth consecutive title in 2018, scoring the ninth championship in 10 years before winning the 10th championship in program history in 2021. Additionally, he received the CCAA Coach of the Year award in two of his seasons at the helm. Previously, Rollins was the associate head coach for men’s swimming at Ohio State University. Rollins brings more than a decade of coaching experience to The Nest, including helping develop Olympians, NCAA champions and All-Americans, as well as multiple conference champions. A native of Brockton, Mass., he was an outstanding college swimmer and was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame in 2017, as a nine-time NCAA All-American, national champion, record holder school and team. captain.
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