Melbourne, Fla. – Lynn University's swimming team took part in its annual tri-meet against Saint Leo and Florida Tech on Saturday afternoon with the Fighting Knights falling 131-128 to Saint Leo while topping Florida Tech 130-126. This is the fifth tri-meet victory against FIT in program history.
INSIDE THE MEET:
Score: Saint Leo 131, Lynn 128; Lynn 130, Florida Tech 126
Location: Panthers Aquatic Center | Melbourne, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lynn began the day with third and fifth place finishes in the 400 medley relay, clocking in times of 3:58.76 and 4:16.15.
- As has been customary, Catalina Berraud-Galea claimed first place accolades in the 1000 freestyle (10:49.32) 33 seconds ahead of second place. Katie Tiell finished sixth (11:43.75) and Ali Maginley (11:44.82) eighth.
- Berraud-Galead and Tiell had about 10 minutes to rest before jumping back in the pool for the 200 free. The former clocked in at 1:58.65 to finish third while the latter was ninth with a time of 2:10.54. Kasey Swartley placed fifth (2:02.93).
- Laia Coma (1:02.29) was Lynn's top finisher in the 100 backstroke, ahead of Tatiana St. Juste (1:05.55) and Elizabeth Harris (1:09.29).
- Fatimah Westbrook just missed out on the top finish in the 100 breaststroke, settling for second place at 1:06.66. Samantha Persaud tapped the wall in 1:21.45.
- Megan Carlson earned the second first place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:12.52), beating teammate Samar Khacha by less than a second (2:13.04).
- Lynn had three swimmers in each of the two sprinting events with Sarah Nichols (25.60) posting the fastest time amongst the 50 free swimmers, followed by Alyson Currao (26.22) and Coma (26.69). Westbrook was third in the 100 free (53.67), ahead of Nichols (54.95) and Currao (58.10).
- Coma was runner-up in the 200 back (2:15.52) while Harris was fifth (2:30.12).
- Sarah Hughes returned to the pool after an 18 event layoff (she swam the opening relay) and the time-off did not cool her off as she took first in the 200 breast stroke (2:26.80) 10-seconds better than the runner-up. Maginley (2:47.07) and Westbrook (2:51.00) were fifth and sixth.
- Lynn claimed second through fourth in the 500 free courtesy of Berraud-Galea (5:10.21), Carlson (5:18.59) and Swartley (5:19.91).
- Hughes won her second event, the 100 fly, with a time of 58:08 as Nichols (1:00.63) and Khacha (1:02.63) placed fourth and eighth.
- Lynn saw three swimmers finish in the top-five of the 200 individual medley, headlined by Hughes in second (2:09.20), Khacha in fourth (2:17.84) and Carlson in fifth (2:20.15).
- The Fighting Knights ended the afternoon with third (1:44.07) and seventh place finishes (1:53.63) in the 200 free relay.
BEYOND THE HEAT SHEET:
- Six Fighting Knights set season-best times: Maginley in the 1000 free; Maginley and Westbrook in the 200 breast; Swartley in the 500 free and Hughes and Khacha in the 100 fly.
- Lynn won its 5th tri-meet against Florida Tech in program history. The Fighting Knights have defeated Saint Leo twice.
Lynn travels to Winter Park, Fla., to square-off against Rollins on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 12 pm in its final meet before the Sunshine State Conference Championship.