Hughes Medals for Swimming on Day Two of SSC Championships

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.

UP NEXT:

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.