By Sharon Robb
MIAMI—University of Miami women’s swimming and diving team won its season-opener with a 162.5-137.5 victory over cross-town rival Florida International Saturday at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.
“It was a very good meet today on both sides, with lots of great racing and lots of back and forth,” Miami head coach Andy Kershaw said. “That’s what it’s all about. I’m very proud of our women and how they responded. It was definitely a team effort.”
UM redshirt sophomore Adrianna Cera, 20, won three events including the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:17.78 and 500-yard freestyle in 4:58.78. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:25.67.
Veteran Carmen San Nicolas won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.64. Sophomore Emma Sundstrand (1:03.20) and freshman Giulia Carvalho (1:03.23) finished one-two in 100-yard breaststroke.
“It’s such a credit to the vibe they’ve created and the bond they’re creating, even this early in the season,” Kershaw said. “They’re all there for each other, all cheering for each other, racing for each other, getting to the wall for the betterment of the team.”
Freshman Jacey Hinton was second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.04) in her college debut. San Nicolas (51.82) and Hinton (52.39) had top-two finishes two events later in the 100-yard freestyle to maintain the lead.
Kershaw was pleased with his team’s camaraderie.
“That’s what we talked about going in, and that’s what we executed,” Kershaw said. “That was true whether they had great races. Even the people who weren’t happy with their races still celebrated with the team.
“Certainly, we have things to work on, but I’m very happy with the culture and foundation that is being put in place by this group of women.”
Giulia Carvalho earned her first college win in the 100-yard butterfly (55.49).
The Hurricanes capped their opening meet with a win the 400-yard freestyle relay with Hinton, San Nicolas, veteran Sydney Knapp and Cera in 3:25.67.
“Hats off to FIU, they had some great races and a lot of great detail out of their team,” Kershaw said. “It was another great battle, and we’re happy to come out on top this time. I’m looking forward to continuing this great rivalry that we have.”
One of Miami’s leading -scorers was second-year diver Emma Gullstrand, who swept the 1-meter springboard (360.83) and 3-meter springboard (327.23). Gullstrand represented Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics this past summer.
Miami next competes at the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas from Oct. 8-9.
Miami 162.5, FIU 137.5
200-yard medley relay: 1. FIU 1:42.76, 2. UM A 1:43.31, 3. UM B 1:48.18.
1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:17.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 10:22.52, 3. Aino Otava, UM 10:32.15.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 1:50.64, 2. Christie Chue, FIU 1:52.48, 3. Sydney Knapp, UM 1:54.70.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 56.51, 2. Kelsie Campbell, FIu 57.11, 3. Danika Huizinga, UM 58.17.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Emma Sundstrand, UM 1:03.20, 2. Giulia Carvalho, UM 1:03.223, 3. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 1:04.10.
200-yard butterfly: 1. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 2:03.71, 2. Isabel Traba, UM 2:05.02, 3. Aino Otava, UM 2:05.85.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Elinah Phillip, FIU 23.97, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 24.04, 3. tie, Helga Fodor, FIU 24.71 and Sydney Knapp, UM 24.71.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Carmen San Nicolas Martinez, UM 51.82, 2. Jacey Hinton, UM 52.39, 3. Elinah Phillip, FIU 52.92.
200-yard backstroke: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:03.73, 2. Danika Huizinga, UM 2:06.30, 3. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:08.07.
200-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:17.58, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:20.87, 3. Delaine Goll, FIU 2:21.97.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 4:58.78, 2. Stephanie Hussey, FIU 5:03.03, 3. Aino Otava, UM 5:09.78.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Giulia Carvalho, UM 55.49, 2. Sara Gyertyanffy, FIU 56.3, 3. Kelsie Campbell, FIU 56.58.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Julia Miranda, FIU 2:06.09, 2. Emma Sundstrand, UM 2:06.14, 3. Christie Chue, FIU 2:06.23.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. UM A 3:25.67, 2. FIU A 3:26.30, 3. FIU B 3:34.97.
1-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 360.83, 2. Mia Vallee, UM 318.30, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 311.10.
3-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 327.23, 2. Maha Gouda, FIU 320.10, 3. Mia Vallee, UM 310.05.
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