Eagles show strong results but fall to CRF
FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU swim and dive team faced a tough task against defending seven-time United States Conference champion FIU on Saturday afternoon at the FGCU Aquatic Complex, eventually falling to the Panthers hands. 189.5-110.5. Despite the results, the Eagles came away with a performance to build on.
“Overall a very good day for the Eagles,” said head coach Dave rollin. “For us it’s always a transition period of the season. Sometimes we see incredible performances, sometimes not, and that’s good. Our goal is to be our best when it matters most, and I am excited to see where we are at. We have some work to do, but that’s what makes it fun. “
Elders Petra Halmaï (Dombovar, Hungary / Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) and Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland / Liceum 10 NR W Lublinie) again achieved some of the fastest times in CCSA as well as in the country. Halmai had NCAA “B” cut times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1: 01.06 and 2: 11.17, respectively. His time in the 200 is 10e fastest in the country while his 100 time is 19e.
Czarnecka, already with the CCAA’s best times in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, added another CCAA best time in the 100 free with a time of 51.79, setting the mark at the top of the 400 freestyle relay. She also picked up a victory on Saturday, touching first place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.50.
Junior Sara Niepelova (Piestany, Slovakia / Gymnazium Pierra de Coubertina / ECU) also scored a victory on that day by taking the victory in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10: 38.87. She was also second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5: 07.93.
In diving events, Reese wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada / Bishop Macdonelle CHS) led the way for the Eagles, finishing third overall in the 1m (261.45) and 3m (256.13). His 3m score is a season best and is the CCAA’s second best score this season. His 1m score of 268.95 against Vanderbilt is still the highest score in the CCSA.
Most of the Eagles will return to the pool Nov. 18-20 when they host the FGCU Invitational. A few Eagles swimmers will travel to Atlanta to compete in the Georgia Tech Invite the same weekend.
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HEAD COACH DAVE ROLLINS
The Head Coach Dave rollin is only the second coach in the history of the program. He was hired on September 1, 2016 and holds a 34-24-1 (.585) doubles competition record, which includes a 13-2 (.857) score against CCAA opponents, in his fourth season. . Rollins guided the FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), as well as the program’s fourth consecutive title in 2018, marking the ninth championship in 10 years before winning the 10th championship in program history in 2021. In addition, he was named CCAA Coach of the Year in two of his seasons at the helm. Previously, Rollins was assistant head coach of men’s swimming at Ohio State University. Rollins brings more than a decade of coaching experience to The Nest, including helping develop Olympians, NCAA and All-American champions, as well as multiple conference champions. A native of Brockton, Mass., He was an outstanding collegiate 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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