FAU’S Swimming and Diving Sign Eight During Fall

FAU signs Eight this fall

FAU signs Eight this fall

FAU’S Swimming and Diving Sign Eight During Fall

Florida Swim Network – December 16, 2014


BOCA RATON, Fla. —Florida Atlantic University Swimming and Diving will welcome eight new members, with one enrolling in Spring 2015 and the remainder in Fall of 2015.

“I am really excited about this new generation of Owls,” said Lara Preacco, head swim and dive coach. “They are already showing passion and high standards academically, athletically and personally. We look forward to integrating them into our driven and goal-oriented program.”

Julia Alberti (Hamden High School) is a distance freestyler who is ranked 25th in the state of Connecticut. Her top three events are the 500 free (5:05.70), 1,000 free (10:19.86), and 1,650 free (17:18.81). She plans on majoring in dentistry since she has multiple family members in the field.

Paulina Boeger (Isar Gymnasium Munchen) is a breast and backstroker from Munich, Germany. Her best events include the 200-meter (LCM) backstroke (2:19.24), 50-meter (LCM) breaststroke (34.48), and 100-meter (LCM) breaststroke (1:15.79).

Claire Green (Canton High School) is a versatile swimmer specializing in the breaststoke, middle distance and IM. She was a member of the Plymouth Canton Cruisers in Canton, Mich. and put up personal bests in the 500 free (5:01.23), 100 breast (1:07.22), 200 breast (2:24.63), and 400 IM (4:35.82).

Lydia Musleh (Coral Springs High School) is a local from South Florida and was a member of the Pine Crest Swim Club. She has been named first team All-Conference, All-State, and All-County and represented her home country of Jordan at the Youth Olympic Games in China this past September. Her best times include 1:51.84 in the 200 free and 4:32.49 in the 400 IM.

Michael Rahrig (Dreyfoos School of Arts) will add to the team’s current skills in the butterfly. He was a finalist in the 100 fly at the 2014-15 Florida 2A State Championships with a time of 51.21. A West Palm Beach native, Rahrig is continuing a family tradition of attending FAU as his father is an alumnus.

Zach Allen (Clear Falls High School) brings his sprinting abilities to the team. Hailing from Seabrook, Texas, his best events include the 50 free (21.60), 100 free (47.09), 100 fly (50.78), and 100 breast (57.98). Allen plans to major in marine biology.

August Charni (Coral Glades High School) is another local from Coral Springs, who will bring his sprinting talent to the Owls. In November, he was a finalist at the Florida 4A State Championships. Charni specializes in the sprint freestyle and backstroke, with a personal best time of 21.53 in the 50 free.

Konstantin Byshnev (American International University, London), originally from the Republic of Belarus, will be the only new swimmer to join the team in spring 2015. He was a member of the Chelsea Westminster Swimming Club and brings experience in both the freestyle and butterfly. Byshnev’s personal bests include 53.98 in the 100-meter (LCM) freestyle and 59.1 in the 100-meter (LCM) butterfly.

What the Future Owls Had to Say:

Julia Alberti: “There are many reasons why I chose FAU as the college I will attend next fall with the first reason being the education I will receive. My next reason is for the incredible swimming program. Not only are the swimmers fast and the coaches nice, but the entire team is also extremely focused on the sport and maintaining a good G.P.A. When I went on my recruiting trip I felt so welcomed and was amazed at how much each individual athlete was focused on training hard and becoming better.”

Paulina Boeger: “The coaching staff was very supportive in helping me join this great team. I felt straight at home and am certain that I have found the right environment to develop my swimming and academics. And of course the campus is beautiful, swimming is outdoors all year round and the sea is next door – what more could I ask for?”

Claire Green: “I choose FAU because it had everything I was looking for both in a school and on the swim team. The team has a very positive atmosphere and everyone is very friendly. The coaches are highly qualified and work great with the athletes. The facilities are all very nice, and I was really impressed with the amount of academic support the student-athletes receive. All in all I couldn’t be happier with my decision to be a Florida Atlantic Owl and I am more than excited to join the team next year.”

Lydia Musleh: “I chose FAU because of its diversity and welcoming students, teachers and coaches. It feels like home, no matter where you’re from. Especially within the swim team, that has built a big warm nest to fit all the new owlets soar to success. Go Owls!”

Michael Rahrig: “I decided to go to FAU because it was a good local university that had programs for the area of study I wanted to go in to. On top of that, FAU has a formidable swim team where I think I’ll be able to continue my swimming career and excel. My father also attended FAU back in 1988-1990 where he graduated, so I’ve always had a leaning towards FAU since a young age.”

Zach Allen: “The more I researched Florida Atlantic, the more I realized what a great fit this school could be for me. The swimming and diving coaches and team are a fantastic bunch of people. I know that Florida Atlantic is growing not only as an academic institution, but also as an athletic powerhouse. I think I can help with those efforts and I would be proud to represent FAU.”

August Charni: “My decision to attend and swim for FAU starting Fall 2015 is because of the facilities, swim team, and the student-athlete community. The swim team is very well run by a group of knowledgeable and personable coaches. I am looking forward to reaching my potential under their experience, guidance, and direction. Another reason I chose to go to FAU was because of the administrations’ support of the sports program. FAU is a D1 school and the president of the college is very pro sport. FAU really treats their student-athletes well!”

Konstantin Byshnev: “FAU is an amazing place for International students and provides a high level education for students from all over the world. I have been swimming for 15 years, and it is really essential for me to carry my swimming career further because my goal is to become an Olympic champion. I believe FAU has a strong swim team and very knowledgeable coaching staff, which can help me to achieve my dream. FAU has everything I need in order to combine education and sport together and provide the best opportunity for students to realize themselves during their time at the university and be ready for adult life.”


Florida Swim Network