Swimming Sprints to Victory in First Meet of 2018

Swimming Sprints to Victory in First Meet of 2018

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lynn University swimming team won nine of 13 races at its Third Annual Sprint Invitational on Saturday afternoon, collecting a meet-high 770.5 points en route to a first-place finish at the event. California University of Pennsylvania finished second with 730 points, while Millersville University placed third with 529.5 points.

INSIDE THE MEET:
Score:
 Lynn 770.5, Millersville 730, Cal U 529.5
Location: McCusker Pool Complex | Boca Raton, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Lynn opened the day with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, as Laia Coma, Fatimah Westbrook, Sarah Hughes and Sarah Nichols raced their way to a time of 1:53.26.
  • Megan Carlson picked up a victory in the second race of the day, the 200-yard freestyle, clocking in at 2:01.15 to narrowly edge out Kasey Swartley for the top spot. Swartley was right on her heels at 2:04.74, while Catalina Berraud-Galea finished third in the event at 2:02.38.
  • Hughes and Coma finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing less than one second apart at 1:02.19 and 1:02.99.
  • In the 100-yard breaststroke, Fatimah Westbrook claimed the top spot with a time of 1:09.74, beating the second-place finisher by nearly five full seconds.
  • Nichols picked up a solo victory in the 50-yard butterfly to go along with her previous win in the relay, touching the wall in a time of 27.64 seconds. She followed that up in the very next race with a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.48 seconds.
  • Westbrook grabbed another victory in the 100-yard freestyle, checking in at 54.79 while Nichols finished in 55.77 in her third consecutive race.
  • Coma and Carlson placed back-to-back in second and third in the 50-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 30.46 and 30.55, respectively.
  • In the 50-yard breaststroke, Hughes picked up a win with a top time of 32.63 seconds while Westbrook finished second at 33.76.
  • The longest race of the day, the 500-yard freestyle, saw Lynn claim the top two spots as Berraud-Galea dominated from start to finish with a time of 5:15.45 and Swartley placed second at 5:27.02.
  • Carlson grabbed a second-place mark in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.59, while Nichols was third at 1:01.99.
  • Hughes picked up her third victory of the day overall in the 100-yard individual medley, swimming a time of 1:02.08.
  • In the final event of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Fighting Knights again staked their claim as the top team at the event, capping off a win with a time of 1:44.83 from Carlson, Alyson Currao, Swartley and Westbrook.

BEYOND THE TIMESHEET:

  • Lynn placed multiple swimmers in the top-three finishers of a race in nine of 11 individual events while claiming the top spot in both relays.
  • The Blue and White honored seniors Carlson and Swartley prior to the match as the two swam in their final home meet.

NEXT EVENT:
Lynn returns to the pool on Jan. 27 when it travels to Florida Tech for matchups against the Panthers and Saint Leo.