17 Nov Swim and Dive Ready for Eagle Invitational, Georgia Tech Invite
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swim and dive team has an action packed weekend ahead of them as most of the team will be swimming at the FGCU Aquatics Complex as part of the Eagle Invitational. Meanwhile, seniors Petra Halmai (Dombovar, Hungary/Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) and Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland/Liceum NR 10 W Lublinie) will head to Atlanta to compete in the Georgia Tech Invite.
At the Eagle Invitational, the Green and Blue will welcome fellow CCSA members North Florida and Georgia Southern for the three-day event. Preliminary rounds will begin at 10 a.m. each day followed by the finals at 6 p.m.
All three teams have all competed against each other this season at the UNF Invitational. The Eagles took the title with 888.5 points, 73.5 points ahead of Georgia Southern.
Schedule of Events
Thursday – 10 AM Prelims
500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Freestyle
Thursday – 11am
Diving 1m prelims
Thursday – 6pm Finals
200 Medley Relay, 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Free, 1m diving, 800 Free Relay
Friday – 10am Prelims
100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 back
Friday – 6pm Finals
400 Medley Relay, 3m diving prelims, 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 Free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 Free Relay
Saturday – 10am Prelims
200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly
Saturday – 6pm Finals
1650 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 3m diving, 400 Free Relay
In Atlanta, Czarnecka and Halmai will each be competing in one event per day.
50-yard free (Czarnecka)
200-yard IM (Halmai)
100-yard fly (Czarnecka)
100-yard breast (Halmai)
100-yard free (Czarnecka)
200-yard breast (Halmai)
For the second time this season, Halmai and junior Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada/Bishop Macdonelle CHS) swept the CCSA weekly awards. Halmai picked up swimmer of the week after swimming season-bests in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke against FIU, vaulting her into the top-20 in the country for both disciplines. In fact, her 200 breast time of 2:11.17 is top-10 in the country as she currently sits in 10th, ahead a myriad of power-five conference swimmer and just under four seconds behind American olympian Kate Douglass of Virginia for the nation’s top time. Meanwhile, her time of 1:01.06 in the 100 breast is 19th in the NCAA. Both times are under the NCAA ‘B’ cut standards.
Wakefield had a strong showing against tough competition in Florida International. Posting the top score in the CCSA so far this season on 1m and the 2nd highest score on 3m, Reese missed out on qualifying for Zones by only 3.5 points on 1m, and improved her 3m score by almost 6 points on the season.
Czarnecka, already with the top CCSA times in both the 50 free and 100 fly, added another top CCSA time in the 100 free with a time of 51.79, accomplishing the mark as the lead leg of the 400 free relay. She also picked up a victory on Saturday, touching first in the 50 free with a time of 23.50.
Junior Sara Niepelova (Piestany, Slovakia/Gymnazium Pierra de Coubertina/ECU) also picked up a win on the day as she claimed victory in the 1000y free 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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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 fourth 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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