Clearwater, Fla. – Lynn University's swimming team picked up three more medals and ended the meet finishing fourth at the Sunshine State Conference Championship. This ties a program-record for best finish while the seven medals also ties a program mark. In all, the Fighting Knights either broke, tied or established six records
INSIDE THE MEET:
Score: Lynn (4th) – 369; Tampa (976) wins followed by Nova Southeastern (939) and Florida Southern (391)
Location: Long Center Pool | Clearwater, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Evening Session
- The night started off well as Catalina Berraud-Galea posted a time of 17:05.37 in the 1650 to place third overall.
- Laia Coma and Anita Field had solid outings in the 200 backstroke 'B' finals, taking second and sixth place with times of 2:06.19 and 2:08.23
- Karolina Smylek proved she will be a force for years to come in the 200 back by placing second after tapping the wall in 2:00.94.
- Samar Khacha was sixth in the 200 breaststroke 'B' finals after being clocked at 2:25.05.
- Sarah Hughes picked up her fourth medal of the championship with a silver in the 200 breast. She was a mere eight-hundredths of a second off first place with a time of 2:15.88.
- The Fighting Knights ended the evening in the 400 free relay. The 'B' squad of Smylek, Tatiana St. Juste, Grace Armit and Berraud-Galea finished fifth (3:36.99) while the 'A' squad of Clara Monges, Khacha, Coma and Hughes took seventh (3:32.61).
- Morning Session
- Lynn put out four swimmers in the 100 freestyle: Sarah Nichols (53.20), Clara Monges (53.45), Tatiana St. Juste (55.11) and Alyson Currao (55.39).
- In addition to Smylek, Coma and Field in the 200 back, Sydney Keefe swam a time of 2:18.58.
- Grace Armit was the first swimmer out of the 200 breast, putting down a time of 2:28.39. Savanna Suggs (2:35.05) and Shelby McKeever (2:42.64) also competed.
- Susan Faremouth took to the pool for the 1650 free and was timed at 18:11.41.
BEYOND THE HEAT SHEET:
- Lynn has won 34 individual and three relay medals in program history at the SSC Championship.
- The Fighting Knights fourth place finish ties its best finish (2016).
- Lynn's seven individual medals and one relay medal ties the program record for medals at an SSC Championship set in 2016.
- This marks the seventh consecutive year with at least two medals for the Blue and White.
- Berraud-Galea is the first swimmer in program history to medal four times in a single event. She has two golds, a silver and a bronze in the 1650 free.
- Hughes now has seven career SSC Championship medals behind only Rebecca Matthews (eight).
- Hughes joins Rebecca Matthews (2015 & 2016) as the only swimmers in program history to win four individual medals in a single SSC Championship.
- Her five total medals (four individual and one relay) ties Matthews (2016).
- Hughes' four silver medals is the most in program history.
- Smylek becomes the first freshman since Berraud-Galea in 2016 to win two individual medals at the SSC Championship.
- She is also the first to win a medal in both the 100 & 200 backstroke.
- Her time in the 200 back is the second-fastest in program history, trailing Thalie Carmigniani by four-tenths of a second.
- Faremouth shattered her previous PR in the 1650 free by 29 seconds.
- Armit topped her PR by three seconds and Suggs bested her previous season-best by eight seconds while establishing a new PR by over one second.
- Keefe put forth a new PR in the 200 back by three seconds.
- Currao was the only swimmer on among the four 100 free swimmers to set a PR, beating her time by three-tenths of a second.
- Field PR'd in the 200 back and Khacha swam a PR in the 200 breast by three seconds.
The Fighting Knights now await entries to the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship. For more information check out LynnFightingKnights.com.