Florida International Overwhelms North Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, October 19. FLORIDA International raced to wins in 11 of 13 events contested at the UNF Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon, defeating North Florida by a final score of 140-98.

Florida International Press Release

The FIU women’s swimming and diving team improved its dual meet record to a perfect 2-0 as it earned a 140-98 victory at North Florida on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers won 11 of the 13 events that took place.

“Today was the team’s first road test of the season,” said Head Coach Randy Horner. “We competed very well and had lots of girls step up and compete well.”

Senior Sonia Perez won three events total on the day for the Panthers, two coming individually and one coming in a relay. Perez’s two individual wins came in the 400 IM, where she blew away the field with a time of 4:20.93 and the 100 backstroke, earning a mark of 58.70. FIU won both relay events and freshman Lily Kaufman won her first career diving event, taking home the title in the three-meter diving, earning a score of 270.90. Junior Johanna Gustafsdottir also earned two event victories in the 500 freestyle (5:06.49) and the 100 breast stroke (1:07.39).

In the relay events, FIU’s group of Perez, junior Danielle Meara, freshman Jennifer Alfani and junior Klara Andersson posted a time of 1:49.93 to earn the title in the 200 medley relay to earn 11 points. The Panthers then closed the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay, as Andersson, Alfani, freshman Jennifer Deist and senior Valeriia Popova posted a mark of 1:38.85.

The Panthers were dominant in the freestyle events. Junior Nadia Farrugia earned nine points for FIU as she posted a mark of 10:30.46 in the 1000 freestyle to earn the win. Junior Courtyney Vanderschaaf timed in at 1:57.28 to take home the title in the 200 freestyle. Alfani earned an event victory for the second week in a row, earning a time of 24.60 in the 50 freestyle.

Popova finished the 100 butterfly in under a minute (59.94) to earn another individual title for FIU.
The Panthers have two weeks off before travelling to Indian River State College on Nov. 1.

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North Florida Press Release

The University of North Florida swimming and diving team competed in its first dual meet of the season, falling 140-98 to fellow Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association competitor FIU on Saturday afternoon at the UNF Aquatic Center.

Lauren Hall posted a first place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.78 to lead UNF in the event. Mariana de Paula (55.09) and Rebeca Bernard finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

The afternoon started with the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Ana Cristina de Paula, Bridget Woods, Eva Porter and Lauren Hall were the top finishers of the day for the Ospreys, posting a time of 1:52.48. Angel Morrison, Lissa Janowicz, Caitlyn Gutierrez and Janie Kennedy combined for a time of 1:58.85 to finish second among UNF relay teams.

Sophomore Amy Taylor and freshman Kara Plocharsky finished back-to-back in the 1,000 freestyle event. Taylor clocked a time of 10:34.68 to pace the Ospreys, while Plocharsky posted a time of 10:57.38 in the event. While freshman Cara Maxwell finished third for the Ospreys with a time of 11:17.81.

In the 200 freestyle, Maria Bernard was the top finisher for North Florida. The sophomore notched a time of 1:57.59. Kennedy and Rebeca Bernard posted times of 1:57.70 and 2:01.42, respectively.

Mariana de Paula recorded a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of of 25.09, just ahead of Hall with a time of 25.63. Porter finished with a 26.13, while Gutierrez clocked a 27.00.

The 400 individual medley saw Woods post a time of 4:37.43 to finish second in the event. Janowicz finished just off the pace with a time of 4:48.76 in the event.

Natalie McCallum finished just off the podium in the 100 butterfly. The junior posted a time of 1:01.71 to lead the Ospreys. Maria Bernard (1:03.88), Plocharsky (1:03.93) and Taylor (1:04.72) finished in order for North Florida.

In the 100 backstroke, Kennedy, Ana Cristina de Paula and Morrison finished 1-2-3 among North Florida swimmers. Kennedy finished second place overall with a time of 1:03.07. Ana Cristina de Paula carded a time of 1:03.47 and Morrison timed out at 1:04.28.

In the final distance event of the day, Taylor was once again the Ospreys’ top finisher. The true freshman posted a second place finish with a time of 5:16.94 to lead the UNF distance swimmers. Plocharsky finished with a time of 5:24.52 and Maxwell posted a time of 5:32.12 in the event.

The final individual event of the morning saw Woods, McCallum and Ana Cristina de Paula finish in order for North Florida. Woods posted a time of 1:08.65, while McCallum (1:09.65) and Ana Cristinia de Paula (1:09.39) finished just off the pace.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Maria Bernard, Mariana de Paula, Rebeca Bernard, McCallum and combined for a score of 1:41.59 to lead North Florida in the event. The quartet of Porter, Morrison, Gutierrez and Maxwell tallied a collective time of 1:45.79 in the final event of the day.

North Florida posted a victory in the 3-meter diving competition. Rice placed second in the event with a score of 261.70. Robles (260.50), Habig (239.10), Whittle (234.50) and Chandler (199.20) finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the 1-meter diving competition, the Ospreys placed first, third, fourth and fifth. Fernanda Robles claimed first with a meet-best of 251.00 and Monica Rice placed third with 239.35. Morgan Whittle (236.20), Chelsea Chandler (234.45) and Amander Habig (189.45) took fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

North Florida’s swimming and diving team will be back in action on Nov. 15 as the Ospreys head to Wingate, N.C. for the Wingate Invitational.

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