Halmai, Wakefield honored by CCSA
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – After a big week in the pool and in the air, the FGCU swimming and diving team saw two athletes receive weekly CCSA prizes.
Senior Petra HalmaÃ¯ (Dombovar, Hungary / Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) was named CCSA swimmer of the week as he Reese wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada / Bishop Macdonell CHS) was named CCSA Diver of the Week.
” Dave rollin. âIt has been a really impressive week for the CCSA, with a lot of impressive performances at every competition, even within our own team, it was a challenge to come up with nominations. Exciting to receive the recognition and looking forward to the rest. of the season. “
Neither woman is a stranger to securing their respective awards, as it is the seventh honor in Halmai’s career, while for Wakefield, it is the ninth. It is also the second time this season that an Eagle has won the title of swimmer of the week after Wiktoria Czarnecka did it to open the year on September 28.
Against Vanderbilt over the weekend, Halmai won the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1: 03.42 and 2: 17.67, respectively, both of which are the CCSA’s best times this season. She is more than a second ahead of the next fastest time in the 100m, while she is more than four seconds ahead in the 20m.
Halmai also won the 400 IM for his third individual victory of the day and also set a new CCAA record time of 1: 43.89 in the 200 IM relay.
Wakefield had a good day in her first competition of the season as she won the 1m with a score of 268.95 points, more than 20 points ahead of the CCSA’s next highest scoring. She also finished second in the 3m with a solid score of 250.20, which is the third best in the CCSA this season.
Halmai, Wakefield and the rest of the Eagles return to the pool on Friday when they travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes. Start of the meeting at 4 p.m.
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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 is 34-23-1 (.595) in doubles, which includes a 13-2 (.857) rating 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, 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 several 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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