FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU swim and dive team battled Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon in a close encounter, but with all the results finalized the Commodores came out on top, 151-143, despite the Eagles setting several best CCSA times.
“The team did very well, a lot of very good performances,” said the head coach Dave rollin. “They were aggressive in their races and they brought the energy from the very first race to the end. They ran hard and supported which was really good to see.”
The day started quickly in the 200-yard QN relay as the Eagles swam the CCSA’s fastest time this season with a time of 1: 43.89.
Senior Petra Halmaï (Dombovar, Hungary / Lanczos Kornel Secondari High School) set a new time to beat CCSA in two individual events as she swam 1: 03.42 in the 100 breaststroke and 2: 17.62 in the 200 breaststroke, winning both races in the process. She earned a third victory of the day in the 400 IM with a time of 4: 29.69.
Senior journeyman Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland / Liceum NR 10 W Lublinie) also set two new CCAA best times in two events, swimming 23.43 in the 50 freestyle and 55.98 in the 100 butterfly, extending his own CCAA advantage to more than 1.5 seconds on the second best. time.
Second year Alicja Ulicka (Rybno, Poland / Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace IM.Wislawy Syzmborskiej) and senior Brittney pike (Boerne, TX / Boerne Samuel V. Champion / Arkansas) also had some wins that day. Pike won the 100 freestyle (52.14) while Ulicka touched the first 200 backstroke (2: 05.48).
In the diving events, the juniors Reese wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada / Bishop MacDonelle CHS) won the 1m with 268.95 points while his sister Megan Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada / Centennial CVI) won the 3m with 259.75 points.
The day ended with the 200 free relay with the Eagles and Commodores separated by a single point. As Vandy claimed victory in this event, the Eagles set another best mark in the CCSA with a time of 1: 34.90.
The FGCU will be back in the pool next week when they travel to Miami to take on 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 competition, including a 13-2 (.857) record 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 of the school and team captain.
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