FORT MYERS, Florida / ATLANTA, Georgia. – The FGCU swim and dive team continued their good week on Friday at the Eagle Invitational and Georgia Tech Invite.
“Another very strong day for the Eagles,” said head coach Dave rollin. âWe started to see the best times in life which is a pleasant surprise and absolutely celebrated. Hailey Jerew The 100 breaststroke is now the 8th fastest in school history and our stints were tough. The divers also did a good job in the 3m prelims, it should be a great last day! “
Junior Julia rodriguez (Gainesville, Fla. / Buccholz HS) hit the first in the 100 butterfly yard with a time of 55.58 for the FGCU’s first victory of the night.
Junior Sara Niepelova (Piestany, Slovakia / Gymnazium Pierra de Coubertina / ECU) followed with the most exciting victory of the evening as she used a final 100 of 59.81 to win the 400 IM with a total time of 4:22, 83. She edged Georgia Southern’s Amy Hornyak by just 0.17 seconds.
In the 200 freestyle, the Eagles went 1-2 to the wall as a senior Joely merriman (Shawnee, Kansas / Shawnee Mission North / Arizona State) won with a time of 1: 51.94 while Anna hogan (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) touched second in 1: 52.32.
After winning the 50 freestyle last night with the seventh fastest time in program history, junior Hailey Jerew (Miami, FL / Cutler Bay Senior HS) clinched second place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1: 02.52, which is the eighth fastest in FGCU history. Second year Emilie Merton (Jacksonville, Fla. / Robert E. Lee HS) touched third in 1: 04.77.
In the 400 QN relay, the rookie Macy mullis (Colbert, GA / Madison County), Jerew, Rodriguez, and Emma Hixenbaugh (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) took second place with a time of 3: 47.49.
The Eagles finished the night 1-2 in the freshman 200 free relay Dani D’Ambrosio (Hillsborough, NJ / Hillsborough HS), Hixenbaugh, Senior Brittney pike (Boerne, Texas / Boerne Samuel V. Champion / Arkansas), and Jerew took first place with a time of 1: 34.26.
After two days, the Eagles are in first place with 861 points while Georgia Southern has 625 points and North Florida 588 points.
In Atlanta, the elderly Petra halmai (Dombovar, Hungary / Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) and Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland / Liceum NR 10 W Lublinie) each competed in the âAâ finals of their respective races against SEC and ACC swimmers.
Halmai was fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1: 00.72 while Czarnecka touched sixth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.50. Earlier today in the preliminaries, Czarnecka swam 53.18, the third fastest time in FGCU history.
âTori and Petra continue to be incredible ambassadors for the FGCU in competition with some of the best schools in the country,â Rollins continued. “Very proud of them and excited to see them compete tomorrow!”
The Eagles will be back in the pool tomorrow for the final days of both games. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. in Fort Myers and Atlanta. The Eagle Invitational finals will be held at 5:00 p.m. while at Georgia Tech, they will begin at 5:30 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 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-Americans 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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