By Sharon Robb
FORT MYERS, January 13, 2021—University of Miami won its fourth consecutive dual meet against Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday at FGCU Aquatics Center.
The Hurricanes won, 171-129, and now trail the series, 8-5, that started in 2010.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Hailey Jerew, a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast, anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:46.11; was second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.34 and third in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.43. She was also a member of the second-place 400-yard freestyle relay.
Miami was coming off its Miami Invite win over Vanderbilt in December.
“It’s always good to get a win,” head coach Andy Kershaw said. “I’m certainly proud of how they competed and how they raced with that game day attitude, which is an important thing as we head towards ACC Championships. It’s certainly going to be an important aspect to have within our team.”
UM freshman Savannah Barr won three events and sophomore teammate Adrianna Cera was a double winner.
UM had only 16 swimmers at the meet with seven winning individual events.
“We’ve been working hard in training these last two weeks,” Kershaw said. “I told them, ‘Put all that behind you. Today, our focus is the energy as a team.’ That game day attitude, having fun as a group, getting the opportunity to have this experience…as we know, it should be cherished, this year in particular. We did a really good job in that regard.
“From a performance standpoint, looking at times, we certainly have some work to do,” Kershaw said. “There’s some factor in terms of elements, but we have to get to work and stay at work and keep riding above and polish up a few things. That’s what we’ll do. That’s what these opportunities show us.”
Florida Gulf Coast was coming off its season-opening FGCU Invitational win ahead of Florida International and Georgia Southern. In that meet, Jerew was second in the 100 freestyle in 50.75, second in the 50 freestyle in 23.15, fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.48, led off the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay and swam third leg of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay.
Because of bad weather host FGCU was unable to live stream on its’ Facebook page. Only the first 50 spectators were allowed to attend the meet.
Florida Gulf Coast travels on Saturday to swim North Florida at the Bolles School at 1 p.m. The Hurricanes return home for a Senior Day dual meet on Fri., Jan. 22 vs FIU. Action will begin at 3 p.m. at Whitten Center Pool.
University of Miami 171, Florida Gulf Coast 129
200-yard medley relay: 1. Florida Gulf Coast 1:46.11 (Joely Merriman, Petra Halmai, Tori Czarnecka, Hailey Jerew), 2. Miami 1:47.46, 3. FGC B 1:50.96.
1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:32.02, 2. Sara Niepelova, FGC 10:50.06, 3. Emily Weissman, UM 10:54.56.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Savannah Barr, UM 1:51.43, 2. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 1:55.27, 3. Anna Hogan, FGC 1:56.23.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Alaina Skellett, UM 59.45, 2. Joely Merriman, FGC 1:00.16, 3. Lucy Ho, UM 1:01.44.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Petra Halmai, FGC 1:03.12, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 1:04.63, 3. Karen Arngeirsdottir, FGC 1:07.02.
200-yard butterfly: 1. Isabel Traba, UM 2:07.19, 2. Sophia Macaisa, FGC 2:10.75, 3. Una Forsythe, UM 2:11.40.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Tori Czarnecka, FGC 23.81, 2. Hailey Jerew, FGC 24.34, 3. Sydney Knapp, UM 24.96.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Savannah Barr, UM 51.61, 2. Sydney Knapp, UM 52.90, 3. Hailey Jerew, FGC 53.43.
200-yard backstroke: 1. Andrea Todorovic, UM 2:06.67, 2. Alaina Skellett, UM 2:07.39, 3. Lucy Ho, UM 2:13.21.
200-yard breaststroke: 1. Petra Halmai, FGC 2:17.28, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:22.74, 3. Anna Hogan, FGC 2:24.44.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 5:09.04, 2. Sara Niepelova, FGC 5:14.07, 3. Alexis Durlacher, FGC 5:17.47.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Savannah Barr, UM 56.55, 2. Tori Czarnecka, FGC 57.15, 3. Isabel Traba, UM 59.35.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Petra Halmai, FGC 2:06.57, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:08.76, 3. Andrea Todorovic, UM 2:09.67.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. University of Miami 3:31.76 (Savannah Barr, Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, Alaina Skellett, Sydney Knapp), 2. Florida Gulf Coast 3:32.08 (Tori Czarnecka, Meghan Schienvar, Kaja Reinhardt, Hailey Jerew), 3. Florida Gulf Coast B 3:41.70.
3-meter diving: 1. Millie Haffety, UM 324.53, 2. Reese Wakefield, FGC 276.53, 3. Delaney Nelson, FGC 244.88.
1-meter diving: 1. Millie Haffety, UM 296.18, 2. Jessie Creed, UM 286.58, 3. Isabeau Keene, FGC 259.35.
The Southeastern Conference has a new format for the 2021 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. The championships will now feature three separate events:
Men’s and Women’s Diving on Feb. 17-20 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo.
Women’s Swimming on Feb. 17-20 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
Men’s Swimming on Feb. 23-26 at Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Mo.
The 2020-21 SEC men’s and women’s swimming & diving season began in October and will conclude no later than Jan. 25 with regional competition permitted upon the adherence of opponents to SEC Medical Guidance Task Force Requirements for COVID-19 Management. Contests are limited to a dual-meet format unless alternative strategies are identified to limit the overall number of participants to ensure appropriate distancing. The number of events is at the discretion of each school.
The SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force continues to meet on policies and procedures for the safe return of student-athletes to competition, building on the NCAA’s Resocialization of College Sports Guidelines.
The NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships is scheduled for March 17-20 at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., and NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships is set for March 24-27, also at Greensboro Aquatic Center.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Big Ten Conference has also adjusted its procedure for the 2021 championships, with the meet across three different sites for the men’s, women’s and diving championships.
The Big Ten men’s and women’s diving championships are Feb. 24-27 at Purdue University, while the women’s swimming-only championships are also Feb. 24-27 at University of Minnesota and men’s swimming-only championships are March 3 – 6 at Ohio State.
There are other championships that have adjusted because of COVID-19.
The 2021 Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championships were moved back to April, according to Pepperdine officials. The championships normally fall in February, during NCAA “conference season,” but due to circumstances relating to COVID-19, the meet is now tentatively set for April 14-17. The site has not been announced and schedule is subject to change. The Mid-American Conference has also moved back its championship meet to April.
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