Florida A&M vs. North Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, October 9. THE University of North Florida swimming and diving team opened up the 2010-11 season with a 51-21 victory over Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association foe Florida A&M on Saturday at the UNF Aquatic Center.

"It was great to see our swimmers back in action," Beth Harrell, the 2010 CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year stated. "It is always great to get the first meet of the season under your belt. The girls swam some off events, but there were still some good racing. It is going to give us a good idea of what we want to do next weekend against FIU. That will be tough competition for us and I think we will be ready to do the best we can."

The Ospreys claimed first place in all 10 events they swam, however, with the meet in hand, UNF exhibitioned the final three events.

North Florida opened up the day with a pair of relay teams claiming first and second. The 200 yard medley relay team of junior Gala Poon, sophomore Sara Evans, senior Kimberly Kuehl and senior Ashley Fernaays edged out team of freshman Robyn Venables, freshman Ana Castro, sophomore Katie England and freshman Erin Hofrichter.

In the 200 freestyle, sophomore Kirsten Orndorff finished just ahead of freshman Alexis Regan to finish 1-2 in the event. Freshman Victoria Frascino finished over two seconds ahead of the closest swimmer in the 50 freestyle to claim the event.

England and Castro took the top two spots in the 200 individual medley, while Frascino and Kuehl were first and second, respectively, in the 100 butterfly.

In the 100 freestyle, Fernaays edged out Enland to claim first place in the event. Poon won the 100 backstroke in the final event that counted for the Ospreys.

In the 500 freestyle, Evans finished ahead of Kuehl to claime the event. Senior Allison Fethe swam at full strength for the first time since November and finished first in the 100 breaststroke.

The final event of the day saw the relay team of Orndorff, Evans, Fernaays and Frascino edging out the UNF team of Regan, Hofrichter, sophomore Caylin Drews and Fethe.

North Florida returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, as the Ospreys travel to Miami, Fla. for a meet against the FIU Golden Panthers. The meet is scheduled for 11 a.m. UNF's next home meet is on Dec. 30, against North Carolina A&T.

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