Wakefield, Halmai Pick Up CCSA Honors

Wakefield, Halmai Pick Up CCSA Honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –For the second time this season senior Petra Halmai (Dombovar, Hungary/Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) and junior Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada/Bishop Macdonell CHS) have been honored by the CCSA. Halmai was named CCSA Swimmer of the Week while Wakefield collected Diver of the Week.

“Congratulations to both Reese and Petra for their recognition and on their recent performances,” said head coach Dave Rollins. “Posting top times and scores in the conference is great step in the right direction and for Petra to be ranked in the top 10 nationally this early in the season is exciting! Congratulations ladies!”

Neither lady is a stranger to earning their respective awards as this is the eighth honor in Halmai’s career while for Wakefield, it is the 10th. This is also the third time this season an Eagle has won Swimmer of the Week after Wiktoria Czarnecka did so to open the year on September 28.

On Saturday against FIU, Halmai put herself on the national stage as she swam season-bests in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, vaulting her into the top-20 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. 

Halmai also had a 50-breast relay spit of 28.01 as part of the 200 medley relay that swam 1:42.61. Both her split and the total relay time is tops in the CCSA.

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.

Halmai, Wakefield and the rest of the Eagles will return to the pool on November 18-20. Most of the Eagles will be in Fort Myers for the FGCU Invitational while a few will head to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Invite that same weekend.

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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 34-24-1 (.585) 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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