Clearwater, Fla. – Sarah Hughes claimed the first medal of the Sunshine State Conference Championships for the Lynn University swim team, claiming second place in the 400-yard individual medley on Friday evening. The Fighting Knights rank seventh as a team with 123 points after two days of the four-day competition.
INSIDE THE MEET:
Score: Lynn (Seventh place) - 123 (Nova Southeastern leads with 496.50)
Location: Long Center Pool | Clearwater, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Hughes qualified for the "A" finals in the 400 IM in the morning with a respectable time of 4:28.26, placing third in her preliminary heat. In the evening, she turned it up a notch with a time of 4:24.53, narrowly missing out on her personal record.
- Samar Khacha had a career day in the 400 IM, qualifying for the "A" finals with a then-personal-record time of 4:30.61. She came out in the evening and topped that performance with a PR time of 4:30.31 to take seventh in the finals.
- The top relay foursome of Fatimah Westbrook, Laia Coma, Tatiana St. Juste and Kasey Swartley placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay to open the evening portion of the event, as did Katie Tiell, Elizabeth Harris, Ali Maginley and Samantha Persaud in the "B" relay.
- In the consolation round of the 400-yard medley relay, the team of Allyson Currao, Khacha, Megan Carlson and St. Juste placed seventh in the heat with a time of 4:07.73.
- In the final event of the night, the Fighting Knights appeared to race their way to a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, but the team was disqualified for an early take-off. The disqualification came with a 30-point penalty on the team's overall score.
- In the morning preliminaries, Currao and Sarah Nichols competed in the 100-yard butterfly, posting times of 1:01.82 and 59.91, respectively. It was the first time Currao competed in the event for the Fighting Knights.
- Carlson, Catalina Berraud-Galea, Swartley, Tiell and Maginley all competed in the 200-yard freestyle, with Carlson topping the group with a time of 1:56.08. Maginley set a personal record with a time of 2:07.57.
Lynn returns to the pool on Saturday morning for preliminary races in the 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. Finals will begin on Saturday evening for those that qualify.