Swimming Secures Third Place at Season-Opening NSU Shark Invite

Swimming Secures Third Place at Season-Opening NSU Shark Invite

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Lynn University's women's swimming squad wrapped up its second day of the season in the pool on Saturday, claiming third place at Nova Southeastern's Ninth Annual Shark Invitational. Sarah Hughes took first place in the 400-yard IM.

INSIDE THE MEET:
Standings: 3rd out of 5 teams
Location: NSU Aquatics Center | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The second day of competition kicked off with the 400-yard medley relay, featuring a second-place finish from Lynn's A-squad. Karolina Smylek, Hughes, Clara Monges and Laia Coma touched the wall in 3:56.10, garnering 34 points.
  • Lynn's B-team (Anita Field, Grace Armit, Samar Khacha and Catalina Berraud-Galea) tacked on 18 points with a 10th-place finish (4:11.70).
  • Hughes captured her first gold of the season, taking first place in the 400-IM with a time of 4:32.97. Not far behind was Khacha, as she clocked in at 4:40.07 to finish fourth.
  • Berraud-Galea, Lynn's distance veteran, grabbed second place in the 1000-free, finishing in 10:27.21. Susan Faremouth swam an 11:07.85, good for seventh place.
  • In the 100-fly, newcomers Monges (58.63) and Smylek (1:00.19) led the way, finishing in fifth and 13th, respectively. Sarah Nichols (1:01.04) and Faremouth (1:01.07) finished back-to-back in 17th and 18th.
  • Lynn notched a pair of top-10 finishes in the 100-free as Monges (54.98) claimed sixth and Coma (55.22) took eighth.
  • Smylek nearly grabbed her second backstroke gold of the weekend, finishing second in the 100-back with a time of 58.36. Coma finished next in eighth (1:02.06) followed by Field in 12th (1:03.28).
  • Hughes saw the figurative podium once again, notching a third-place finish in the 100-breast at 1:06.50.
  • The invite closed out with the 200-free relay. Lynn's A-squad of Monges, Nichols, Hughes and Coma was the Blue and White's top finisher, taking fifth place in 1:40.87.

BEYOND THE SCORESHEET:

  • The Fighting Knights held their post from the opening day of the invite, finishing in third place with 565.5 points. Host NSU took top honors with 958 points, followed by West Florida with 760 points. Florida Tech tallied 453.5 points with Keiser notching 340.
  • Lynn secured two-first place finishes on the weekend with Hughes winning the 400-IM today and Smylek claiming first in the 200-back on Friday.

UP NEXT:
The Blue and White will head to Saint Leo on Friday, Oct. 12, for the first tri-meet of the season as Lynn battles the Lions and Florida Tech at 3 p.m.