The Shark Invitational Closes For Florida Tech Panthers
By Florida Tech // December 19, 2013
men's swimming finished 4th & women's took 8th
BREVARD COUNTY • FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Florida Tech concluded the Shark Invitational on Tuesday with the 20th-ranked men finishing fourth and the 25th-ranked women placing eighth at the NSU Aquatic Center.
The men totaled 659.5 points, which were 292.5 more points than fifth-place Saint Leo. Eighth-ranked Tampa won the four-day invitational with 1,178.5 points and top-ranked Florida Southern was the runner-up at 1,386.5 points.
On the women’s side, Saint Leo edged the Panthers out for seventh place by just a half of a point, 144.5-144. Eleventh-ranked Tampa completed the sweep, beating out NCAA Division I Florida International 1,340-1,213.
JULIE COEN SNATCHED SIXTH OVERALL
Julie Coen grabbed sixth overall in the ‘A’ Final of the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:09.34. Her record time was more than five seconds faster than the previous clip, held by Faryn Duff since Oct. 18.
In the final women’s race, Suarez, Murphy, Shelby Pearce and Liana Soileau swam the 400-yard freestyle relay at a new program mark of 3:42.51 for 17th-place.
Coming in 23rd was a second relay team of Willa Huddleston, Kristen Jones, Madison Hart and Rachel Barczyk.
The women set four program records on the last day. Carmen Montalvo shattered her personal best and the program’s previous mark in the 1,650-yard freestyle by more than 31 seconds. She swam the race in a time of 18:06.27 for 17th place. In late October, she clocked in at 18:37.61.
Lauren Suarez set a new FIT women’s best in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing at 53.43 for second place in the ‘B’ Final. Bernie Murphy came in 10th at 54.55.
Takashi Worrell and Ferruccio Rossi finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the opening men’s race, the 1,650-yard freestyle.
Worrell stopped the clock at a program best 16:08.25 to earn his second ‘B’ cut in as many days.
Rossi’s time was 16:10.95. Matt Colvin rounded out the top 10 at 16:24.65.
The Panthers also finished consecutively in the 200-yard backstroke ‘A’ Final where Tyler Phelps snatched ninth and Adrien Hosking was the 10th swimmer to touch the timing pad.
Phelps’ time was 1:56.20 and Hosking’s was 1:57.66.
THE ‘A’ FINAL OF THE 200-YARD BREASTSTROKE
Brian Dumont, Camden Johnston and Stuart Jamieson all raced in the ‘A’ Final of the 200-yard breastroke.
Dumont led FIT with a fourth-place finish at 2:07.79. Johnston was seventh at 2:09.63 and Jamieson was ninth at 2:10.74.
Victor Westerlund, Logan Szarka, Jonah Rieman and Nir Barnea placed in the top 10 in the last men’s event, the 400-yard relay.
They clocked in at 3:09.23 for seventh place out of 23 teams.
FIT will enjoy a two-week break before returning to action on New Year’s Day to host Lewis University at 11 a.m. at the Panther Aquatic Center. Admission is free.
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