January 8th, 2010
The FIU swimming and diving squad put together a stellar performance on Friday afternoon at Bay Vista Aquatic Center as the Golden Panthers defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 153-23, and came up short against Indian River State College, 108-80, in a double dual meet.
Brown University was also in action in an exhibition competition.
FIU began the day with an outstanding performance in the 200 medley relay as juniors Danielle Sneir, Erin Pavlick, Yesica Rojas and Mariangela Macchiavello touched in 1:56.09 to take first place versus WPI and second place versus IRSC.
Freshman Kayla Derr followed up that performance with a time of 1:59.43 in the 200 free as she placed first versus WPI and second versus IRSC. The 50 free race then saw freshman Kelly Grace touch in 26.31 seconds for a top finish against WPI and a fourth-place finish against IRSC.
Next up was the 200 IM event which saw sophomore Elly James notch a time of 2:16.55, good for another top finish versus WPI and a runner-up finish against IRSC.
Sophomore Namiko Shibata and freshman Jamie Stinson dominated on the diving board as Shibata took first place on both the 1- and 3-meter springboards and Stinson placed second in both events. Shibata recorded an NCAA Diving Zone qualifying mark of 286.95 on the 3-meter board while notching a score of 256.55 in the 1-meter competition.
Rojas took first in the100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.25 before Macchiavello recorded a top finish in the 100 free, touching in 55.23 seconds.
Junior Danielle Sneir was FIU’s top finisher in the 100 backstroke as she touched in 1:02.55 for a first-place finish versus WPI and a fourth-place finish against IRSC. The 500 free saw sophomore Vicnan Torres record a first-place outing against WPI and a third-place finish versus IRSC.
Next up in the pool was the 100 breaststroke race which saw Pavlick finish in 1:11.44 for a first-place finish versus WPI and a second-place finish versus IRSC.
FIU ended the meet with a first- and third-place showing versus WPI and IRSC, respectively, in the 200 fee relay as Grace, sophomore Caroline Foster, sophomore Kariann Stevens and Macchiavello combined for a time of 1:45.01.
The Golden Panthers return to the pool tomorrow as FIU travels to Boca Raton, Fla., to face Sun Belt Conference rival Florida Atlantic. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m.