Halmai, Wakefield Honored by CCSA

Halmai, Wakefield Honored by CCSA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Following a big week in the pool and in the air, the FGCU swimming and diving team saw two athletes being honored with CCSA weekly awards.

Senior Petra Halmai (Dombovar, Hungary/Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) was named the CCSA Swimmer of the Week while junior Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada/Bishop Macdonell CHS) was named CCSA Diver of the Week.

“Congratulations to Petra and Reese on being named their respective, ‘of the Week’ award winners,” said head coach Dave Rollins.  “This was a really impressive week from the CCSA, with lots of impressive performances at every meet, even inside our own team it was a challenge to come up with nominations.  Exciting to receive the recognition and looking forward to the remainder of the season.”

Neither lady is a stranger to earning their respective awards as this is the seventh honor in Halmai’s career while for Wakefield, it is the ninth. This is also the second time this season an Eagle has won Swimmer of the Week after Wiktoria Czarnecka did so to open the year on September 28.

Against Vanderbilt over the weekend, Halmai won both the 100 and 200 breast with times of 1:03.42 and 2:17.67, respectively, both of which are top times in the CCSA this season. She is more than a second ahead of the next-best time in the 100 breast while she is more than four seconds ahead in the 20 breast.

Halmai also won the 400 IM for her third individual win of the day and also set a new CCSA top time of 1:43.89 as part of the 200 medley relay.

Wakefield had a strong day in her first meet of the season as she won the 1m with a score of 268.95 points, more than 20 points ahead of the next-best CCSA score. She also finished second on the 3m with a solid score of 250.20, which is third-best in the CCSA this season.

Halmai, Wakefield and the rest of the Eagles will return to the pool on Friday when they travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes. The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m.

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HEAD COACH DAVE ROLLINS

Head coach Dave Rollins is only the second coach in program history. He was hired Sept. 1, 2016 and owns a 34-23-1 (.595) dual meet record, which includes a 13-2 (.857) mark against CCSA opponents, in his sixth season. Rollins guided FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), as well as the program’s fourth-straight title in 2018, marking the ninth championship in 10 years before winning the 10th championship in program history in 2021. In addition, he has been awarded CCSA Coach of the Year in two of his seasons at the helm. Previously, Rollins was the associate head men’s swimming coach at The Ohio State University. Rollins brings over a decade of coaching experience to The Nest, which includes helping to develop Olympians, NCAA Champions and All-Americans, along with multiple conference champions. A native of Brockton, Mass., he was a standout collegiate swimmer in his own right and was inducted into the University of Arizona’s Hall of Fame in 2017, as a nine-time NCAA All-American, national champion, school record holder and team captain.

 

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