McCarthy, Kubagawa Selected Florida Tech Panther Student-Athletes of the Week

By  //  October 27, 2015

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Following exemplary performances over the past week, women’s soccer forward Keira McCarthy and men’s swimmer Yagoh Kubagawa have been named Florida Tech’s Panther Student-Athletes of the Week. (Florida Tech images)

Following exemplary performances over the past week, women’s soccer forward Keira McCarthy and men’s swimmer Yagoh Kubagawa have been named Florida Tech’s Panther Student-Athletes of the Week. (Florida Tech images)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Following exemplary performances over the past week, women’s soccer forward Keira McCarthy and men’s swimmer Yagoh Kubagawa have been named Florida Tech’s Panther Student-Athletes of the Week.

Entering Saturday, McCarthy hadn’t scored since the Panthers’ SSC opener back on Sept. 19. However, on Senior Night it was the freshman that sparked Florida Tech with two goals to lead the Panthers to a notable 3-1 victory over Tampa, snapping the Spartans’ five-game unbeaten streak.

After Florida Tech fell behind 1-0 early in the second half, the club’s leading goal scorer notched the equalizer in the 57th minute on a strike into the upper 90.

The Melbourne High School graduate would later add insurance in the 85th minute to send the Spartans to just their second conference loss of the year. The Panthers’ three goals in the match tied the most Tampa has allowed in a single game this season.

McCarthy’s honor marks the fourth time in five weeks a Panther has been awarded by the SSC, yet becomes just the first offensive player to be lauded.

Kubagawa becomes the first swimmer honored with student-athlete of the week accolades this year following a week in which he won three races and helped the men’s team to its first win of the season over Savannah College of Art & Design.

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The sophomore tallied two wins in FIT’s home loss to powerhouse Florida Southern, taking the 400 IM (4:00.55) and 500 free (4:39.68). Kubagawa’s medley performance was quick enough to qualify as an NCAA B-Cut time.

The Brazilian native returned to form the next day against SCAD, touching first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:34.37). Kubagawa also placed runner-up in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.46, also a B-Cut qualifying time.

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Currently third in the conference standings, the FIT women’s soccer team will wait and see how the rest of the league shakes out before SSC Tournament play opens on Nov. 3.

Meanwhile, men’s and women’s swimming returns to the pool on Nov. 6, heading to Boca Raton, Florida to compete in the Panthers’ lone road meet of the regular season.

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