Louisville blasted the field at its own Louisville Invitational.
Louisville Press Release
The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded the UofL Invitational with two NCAA A-cuts and 25 NCAA B-cuts while also breaking six meet records, five pool records, and two school records.
“It was just another really good night, and the energy was fantastic.” Head coach Arthur Albiero said after the final day’s events. “I credit the group, as I just talked to them about just the energy of being excited to perform under whatever conditions. I’m very pleased with the results of the weekend. I think we learned a lot about, especially our freshman, that was very important for us to learn what we could do. And finishing with the two relays again. I think it shows the strength of the team and the depth of what we are trying to do and it’s contagious. It’s been fun. It’s been a good first cycle for us now and we’ve got some very exciting things happening. Four athletes and a coach going to short-course worlds representing different countries – three for Team USA and representing UofL there, too. Very exciting things are ahead of us, but this is great. It’s a great environment to have this kind of meet at home. We’re very proud of it and excited to keep building upon it.”
In the longest event of the evening, the 1650 free, Marah Pugh finished in second with a NCAA B-cut time of 16:27.78. Emily Moser came in second with a time of 16:37.97. The men followed that up with a 1, 2 finish in their 1650 event. Marcelo Acosta absolutely shattered his previous school record of 15:02.00 with a NCAA B-cut time of 14:47.79 to come in first. Jake Schultz also recorded a NCAA B-cut time of 15:17.78 to touch second.
Alina Kendzior broke her own school record in the women’s 200 back, touching first with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:53.61, which was also a new pool and meet record. Sofie Underdahl touched second with a time of 1:56.88. Aaron Green touched first in the men’s event with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:43.30, while Ryan Massey took third at 1:48.21.
Casey Fanz (49.23) touched first in the women’s 100 free with Lainey Visscher (49.44) just behind in second; both were NCAA B-cut times. The men dominated the 100 free, placing one through eight. Andrej Barna led the field with a NCAA B-cut time of 44:01. Also registering NCAA B-cut times, Trevor Carroll (44.11), Matthias Lindenbauer (44.17), and David Boland (44.23) followed in second, third, and fourth, respectively.
Andrea Cottrell broke the meet and pool record in the women’s 200 breast with a NCAA B-cut time of 2:08.25. Lauren James (2:11.61), Silvia Guerra (2:13.16), and Rachael Bradford-Feldman (2:14.51) finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, with NCAA B-cut times. Louisvlle swept the top five in their event, with Carlos Claverie registering the fastest time in the country this year with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:53.32. Also registering NCAA B-cut times, Jonathan Zoucha (1:57.51), Todd Owen (1:57.64), Brennen Berger (1:57.78), and Keegan Foulke (1:58.79) finished second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
In the women’s 200 fly, Houck touched first with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:56.82. Sophie Cattermole (2:00.69) followed in second and Pugh (2:01.10) finished in third. Etay Gurevich captured the top spot in the men’s 200 fly, with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:44.49, while Quallen took second with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:45.33. Jarrett Jones finished in fourth, also with a NCAA B-cut time of 1:47.64.
In the women’s 400 free relay, Louisville’s ‘A’ team of Visscher (49.65), Mallory Comerford (47.59), Abbie Houck (49.39), and Fanz (47.60) touch first with the third fastest time this year, setting a new meet and pool record and NCAA A-cut time of 3:14.23. In the men’s 400 free relay, Louisville’s ‘A’ team of Barna (43.79), Lindenbauer (42.96), Grigory Tarasevich (42.80), and Carroll (42.59) touched in first with the third fastest time this year, a new meet record, and a NCAA A-cut time of 2:52.14.
In the women’s platform diving event, Andrea Acquista finished second with 269.95 points, Breanna Price in fourth with 230.05 points, Molly Fears in sixth with 213.50 points, and Michaela Sliney in ninth with 194.95 points. In the men’s platform diving event, Louisville went 1, 2, 3 with Daniel Fecteau taking first with 320.90 points, Evan Cooper taking second with 246.50 points, and Sean Riley placing third with 204.20 points.
After the final day of the University of Louisville Invitational, here are the scores:
1) University of Louisville – 2309.0
2) Florida International University – 1588.0
3) Ohio University – 1081.0
4) Southern Illinois University-Carbondale – 993.0
5) Illinois State University – 750.0
6) Wright State University – 459.0
1) University of Louisville – 2543.0
2) Southern Illinois University – 1511.5
3) Wright State University – 1232.5
FIU Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2016) – The FIU swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the 2016 Louisville Invitational, finishing second (1,588 points) behind host-institution Louisville (2,309 points) from the Ralph Wright Natatorium.
The third and final day saw FIU swimmers post five more NCAA B standard qualifying times. Over the span of the three-day invitational, the Panthers recorded a total of 16. FIU also set a school record on Sunday (400 Free Relay); the third school record set over the weekend.
"This was a fun weekend,” Head Coach Randy Horner said. “This team has a great competitive attitude and competed hard all three days. The 400 Free Relay capped off the meet, setting a school record.”
The team of Letizia Bertelli, Naomi Ruele, Marie Lauridsen and Jennifer Deist set the school record in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:17.60. Bertelli’s lead-off time of 49.32 was 0:02 second’s off of the school record held by Ruele (49.30 at the Conference USA Championships – 2/27/16). The team’s result was good for a second-place finish.
In the 100 Free, Ruele and Bertelli registered NCAA B standard qualifying times in both the prelims and the finals. In the finals, Ruele placed third with a time of 49.47 followed by Bertelli, who placed fourth with a time of 49.79.
Skye Carey finished third in the 200 Backstroke with a time of 1:57.84 in the finals. Karin Tomeckova, who finished ninth after winning the B finals with time of 1:56.46. Both results were good for the NCAA B standard cut.
Kyna Pereira set the met record in the 1650 Free posting a time of 16:26.04. The native of Umkomaas, South Africa, placed first in swimming’s longest distance with the NCAA B standard qualifying time. Her time was less than two seconds off of the school record which Pereira set during last year’s C-USA Championships (16:24.36).
The Panthers will next host Georgia Southern on Thursday, Dec. 15. The dual meet from the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET.