PENSACOLA, Florida, October 11. THE West Florida Argonauts women’s swim team participated in its first-ever collegiate meet of the inaugural season, losing to Florida State and Tulane in a tri-meet at home.
Florida State beat Tulane 232-68 as well as posting a 241-59 victory over West Florida. Though losing to Florida State, Tulane managed a win over West Florida 197-101.
“We trained this morning and we wanted the ladies to get up and race hard and once again, get out of their comfort zone,” Florida State coach Frank Bradley said. “I thought we got moving after the first few events and we had a good back half of the meet.”
Florida State won 15 of 16 events, losing only the 100 breaststroke. Notably, it was the only event in which Florida State did not place in the top three. That event was won by Tulane’s Mia Schachter with a 1:05.31, followed by teammate Joy Jason with a 1:06.73 and West Florida’s Anna Macht with a 1:07.34.
Three Florida State seniors won two events each. Tiffany Oliver won the 200 free with a 1:52.64, as well as the 100 free with a 51.25. McKayla Lightbourn swept the backstroke events with a 57.19 in the 100 and 2:04.10 in the 200. Julia Henkel took the 200 fly with a 2:05.36 and the 500 free with a 5:01.41.
Florida State freshman Lydia Ware made the most of her collegiate debut, winning the 50 free with a 24.28 and the 200 IM in 2:07.69.
Florida State won the meet-opening 200 medley relay with a 1:44.42 and concluded with a win in the 200 free relay in 1:35.64.
Besides Macht’s third-place finish in the 100 breast, Peggy de Villiers also cracked the top two to give West Florida another big swim in its debut meet. De Villiers’ time of 24.30 in the 50 free was just. 02 from taking the win from Oliver. West Florida also placed second in the 200 free relay with a 1:38.52 by one hundredth over Tulane.
With West Florida competing in its first-ever dual meet, head coach Andrew Hancock had plenty of praise about the day’s events.
“This will be something that myself and our team will remember forever,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t lose sight of that today. Obviously we wanted to compete, and I think we did that very well. We also wanted to find that balance between competition and enjoying the moment.”
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