Lynn Swimming Collects Medals on Day 1 of SSC Championship
By Chad Beattie
Orlando, Fla. – The old and new guard of Lynn swimming made waves on the first day of the Sunshine State Conference Championship with a gold and bronze medal, bringing the program’s medal count to 15 since starting competition in 2013. Senior Rebecca Matthews earned the fourth gold medal of her career while freshman Catalina Berraud-Galea won her first career medal, helping the Fighting Knights end the opening night in fifth place.
- The Fighting Knights had 11 swimmers compete in the morning preliminaries: Thalie Carmigniani (10:23.64), Alanna Carey (11:11.06) and Hannah Walsh (11:20.72) in the 1000 freestyle preliminaries; Rebecca Matthews (2:02.71), Megan Carlson (2:12.36), Desiree Priemayr (2:14.93), Tieri Erasito (2:16.78), Caroline Shifley (2:25.15) and Valerie Samaniego (2:34.17) in the 200 individual medley; and Kasey Swartley (25.46) and Kaitlin Armstrong (25:54) in the 50 freestyle.
- Berraud-Galea started her SSC Championship career in great fashion, winning the bronze medal in the 1000 free with a personal-best and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 10:13.23. Her time was also one of the top-20 times in Division II this season.
- Carmigniani’s time was also NCAA ‘B’ cut worthy and placed her eighth in the competition.
- Matthews successfully defended her 200 IM SSC Championship gold medal from a season ago claiming first place with a time of 2:02.07. The Montpellier, France native earned the No. 1 seed in prelims when she beat the competition by three seconds and continued her dominance in the finals with a two and a half second victory.
- Lynn’s 200 medley relay team (Carmigniani, Matthews, Erasito and Carlson) missed the podium but claimed fifth place in the ‘A’ final with a season-best time of 1:47.71. The ‘B’ finals team (Armstrong, Priemayr, Walsh and Carey) took sixth.
- Florida Southern leads after day one with 195 points followed by Nova Southeastern (177.5) and Tampa (129.5). The Blue & White are in fifth place with 81 points and trails Saint Leo by eight points for fourth place. Florida Tech (44) and Rollins (35) round out the remaining schools.
- Matthews becomes the first swimmer in school history to win back-to-back gold medals in the same event (2015 & 2016 200 IM).
- Berraud-Galea is only the second freshman in program history to win an SSC medal (2013 – Carmigniani 400 IM bronze and 200 backstroke silver.
- Matthews’ gold medal is the fourth of her career and gives her six overall, one behind program leader Thalie Carmigniani.
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