By Sharon Robb
CORAL GABLES, October 3, 2022—University of Miami women’s swimming and diving team recently opened its season successfully with a win over cross-town rival Florida International University at Whitten Center Pool.
The Hurricanes defeated the Panthers, 196-103, in their first dual meet of the season.
“It was a good meet, lots of good energy,” UM head coach Andy Kershaw said. “The things I love about this is it really gives us a chance to evaluate the things we are doing well and what we can improve on. There are things to improve on, but we did a lot of things really well.”
One of Miami’s top-point scorers was junior diver and reigning NCAA national champion Mia Vallée, who won the 3-meter springboard with 308.93 points and finished second on 1-meter with 307.13. UM teammate and sophomore diver Emma Gullstrand won 1-meter springboard with 326.03 and second on 3-meter with 297.90 points.
Redshirt junior Adrianna Cera was a double winner in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:21.09 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.20. She was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:25.93.
Captain and veteran Zorry Mason won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.39 was second in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. She was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay.
Sophomore Jacey Hinton was also a double winner for the Hurricanes in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.26 and 100-yard freestyle in 51.01.
Miami’s next meet will be the Oct. 7-8 SMU Classic in Dallas.
“The SMU Classic is certainly very special,” Kershaw said. “It’s also challenging because we have a very limited travel squad, so I’m looking forward to going to that competition, but also have some mixed emotions since we’re going to have some people here in Miami. It’s always great to get a chance to get on the bus and race.”
The Hurricanes were ranked No. 22 in the SwimSwam pre-season power rankings. In addition to the return of Vallee, several veteran swimmers who helped combine for 25 Top-10 performances in school history last season return to the lineup.
“We’re super excited about the season,” Kershaw said. “The team seems to have a hunger to them. Swimming can be very focused towards March and the postseason, but our team is eager to play the game.
“Our sport can get so driven on practice, we really kind of emphasize the importance of letting the game drive the practices, and they have really embraced it.
“The Top 10s and success last year, it seemed to only make them more hungry. Sometimes you go through that and you feel a lot of satisfaction. In this situation, it put them on the doorstop and had them very hungry to complete that process.”
The meet also marked the debut of South Florida Aquatic Club lead age group coach Kyle Cormier, a volunteer assistant at FIU.
University of Miami 196, Florida International 103
200-yard medley relay: 1. Miami A 1:41.68, 2. Miami B 1:43.76, 3. FIU A 1:44.26.
1,000-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 10:21.09, 2. Aino Otava, UM 10:23.16, 3. Kate Sommerstad, UM 10:27.71.
200-yard freestyle: 1. Harliai Curthoys-Davies, FIU 1:51.91, 2. Jane Fitzgerald, UM 1:52.01, 3. Savannah Barr, UM 1:52.23, 5. Eriana Temperino, FIU 1:54.64.
100-yard backstroke: 1. Zorryonna Mason, UM 56.39, 2. Celina Kuehne, UM 56.94, 3. Gia Pergolini, FIU 57.53.
100-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 1:02.58, 2. Tara Vovk, UM 1:03.31, 3. Giulia Carvalho, UM 1:03.49.
200-yard butterfly: 1. Mia Zahab, FIU 2:06.49, 2. Kaitlyn Bitting, UM 2:06.80, 3. Isabel Traba, UM 2:07.16.
50-yard freestyle: 1. Jacey Hinton, UM 23.26, 2. Hailiai Curthoys-Davies, FIU 23.88, 3. Hana Spaulding, UM 24.04, 7. Delaney Biro, FIU 25.84.
1-meter diving: 1. Emma Gullstrand, UM 326.03, 2. Mia Vallee, UM 307.13, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 299.25.
100-yard freestyle: 1. Jacey Hilton, UM 51.01, 2. Jane Fitzgerald, UM 51.99, 3. Hana Spaulding, UM 52.47.
200-yard backstroke: 1. Sarah Sensenbrenner, UM 2:02.48, 2. Kate Sommerstad, UM 2:04.19, 3. Celina Kuehner, UM 2:07.29., 4. Anelis Roque, FIU 2:08.52.
200-yard breaststroke: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:16.31, 2. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:19.24, 3. Tara Vovk, UM 2:19.27.
500-yard freestyle: 1. Adrianna Cera, UM 5:02.20, 2. Harliai Curthoys-Davies, FIU 5:05.07, 3. Aino Otava, UM 5:05.23.
100-yard butterfly: 1. Giulia Carvalho, UM 56.01, 2. Mia Zahab, FIU 57.29, 3. Savannah Barr, UM 57.66, 7. Delaney Biro, FIU 1:00.72.
3-meter diving: 1. Mia Vallee, UM 308.93, 2. Emma Gulstrand, UM 297.90, 3. Maha Gouda, FIU 295.95.
200-yard individual medley: 1. Christie Chue, FIU 2:04.11, 2. Zorryonna Mason, UM 2:05.69, 3. Eriana Temperino, FIU 2:09.58.
400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Miami A 3:25.93, 2. FIU A 3:28.48, 3. FIU B 3:41.49.
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