Clearwater, Fla. – The Lynn University swim team closed out the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Championships on a high note, collecting a pair of medals on the final day to secure a fifth-place finish. The Fighting Knights finished with four medals in total, as Catalina Berraud-Galea ended the week with two, as did Sarah Hughes.
INSIDE THE MEET:
Score: Lynn (Fifth place) - 288 (Nova Southeastern won with 997.5)
Location: Long Center Pool | Clearwater, Fla.
History at Event: Sixth year participating (Best finish fourth place in 2016)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Berraud-Galea opened the evening with a dominant wire-to-wire victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle, posting a time of 17:00.43. It was her second medal of the weekend, accompanying her bronze medal in the 500-yard freestyle.
- Hughes collected a bronze medal in the 200-yard breaststroke, swimming a personal-record time of 2:17.46. On Friday, Hughes claimed the silver medal in the 400-yard individual medley.
- Laia Coma qualified for the "B" finals in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing third in her heat and 11th overall in the event with a 2:06.17.
- Samar Khacha finished 13th overall and fifth in the "B" finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, recording a time of 2:28.31 in her first time competing in the event.
- The secondary relay squad of Berraud-Galea, Tatiana St. Juste, Kasey Swartley and Megan Carlson placed fifth in their heat and 13th overall in the 400-yard freestyle relay, posting a time of 3:38.13.
- The Fighting Knights appeared to finish fifth in the "A" finals of the 400 free relay, but an early takeoff incurred a disqualification and a 30-point penalty on the team's overall score.
- Fatimah Westbrook, Sarah Nichols, Tatiana St. Juste and Alyson Currao competed in the preliminary races for the 100-yard freestyle, though none qualified for the finals in the event. Westbrook posted a season-best time of 52.28 in the event, while Nichols clocked in at 52.92, St. Juste checking in at a personal-record 54.56 and Currao at a personal-best 55.62.
- Aliah Maginley and Samantha Persaud raced in the 200-yard breaststroke in the morning, posting times of 2:40.12 and 2:45.51, respectively. Both set personal records in the event.
- Katie Tiell rounded out the morning for Lynn with an eighth-place finish in her heat with a time of 19:00.76.
Lynn wraps up its team competition schedule, though individuals await selection for the NCAA National Championships. Swimmers with NCAA 'A' cut times automatically qualify for the championship while NCAA 'B' cut times must wait for selection.