FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swim and dive team has a weekend activity ahead of them as most of the team will be swimming at the FGCU Aquatics Complex as part of the Eagle Invitational. Meanwhile, the seniors Petra Halmai (Dombovar, Hungary / Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) and Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland/Liceum NR 10 W Lublinie) will be coming to Atlanta to compete in the Georgia Tech Invite.
At the Eagle Invitational, Green and Blue will welcome CCSA members North Florida and Georgia Southern for the three-day event. Preliminary round will start at 10am every day, followed by final round at 6pm
All three teams have competed against each other this season at the UNF Invitational. The Eagles won the championship with 888.5 points, 73.5 points ahead of Georgia Southern.
Thursday – 10 a.m. Prelims
500 Freedom, 200 IM, 50 Freedom
Thursday – 11am
Diving 1m prelims
Thursday – 6pm Finals
200 medley relay, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1m dive, 800 freestyle relay
Friday – 10 a.m. Prelims
100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back
Friday – 6pm Finals
400 Medley Relay, 3m dive, 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 Free, 100 bucks, 100 back, 200 Free Relay
Saturday – 10 am Prelims
200 turns, 100 freedoms, 200 chests, 200 flights
Saturday – 6pm Finals
1650 Free, 200 Res, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 3m Dive, 400 Free Relay
In Atlanta, Czarnecka and Halmai will each compete in one event per day.
Free 50 yards (Czarnecka)
200 yards IM (Halmai)
Flying 100 yards (Czarnecka)
Bust 100 yards (Halmai)
100 free yards (Czarnecka)
Bust 200 yards (Halmai)
For the second time in this season, Halmai and juniors Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada / Bishop Macdonelle CHS) won the CCSA weekly award. Halmai was selected as Swimmer of the Week following her best swimming season in both the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes against FIU, placing her in the national top 20 for both events. In fact, her 200 lactations at 2:11.17 are the top 10 in the nation as she’s currently in 10th place, ahead of countless powerhouse swimmers last year. and only 4 seconds behind American track and field athlete Kate Douglass in Virginia for the national time. Meanwhile, her time of 1:01.06 at bust 100 is 19th in the NCAA. Both times followed the NCAA’s ‘B’ cut standard.
Wakefield put in a strong performance against tough competition at Florida International. Top scoring at CCSA this season over 1m and 2nd highest at 3m, Reese missed the Zone qualifiers by just 3.5 points per 1m, and improved by almost 6 points in the 3m season.
Summary of FIU
Czarnecka, which had a top CCSA run at both the 50 freestyle and 100 fly, added another top CCSA run at the 100 free with a time of 51.79, hitting the milestone as a 400 lead. free relay. She also took the win on Saturday, touching first of the 50 free with a time of 23.50.
Small Sara Niepelova (Piestany, Slovakia/Gymnazium Pierra de Coubertina/ECU) also claimed the day’s win as she claimed victory in the free 1000 years with a time of 10:38.87. She also finished second in the 500 free with a time of 5:07.93.
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