UWF Looks to Continue Success at Panther Invitational

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PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida swimming and diving team will wrap up its fall season with a trip to Melbourne, Florida, for the Panther Invitational hosted by Florida Tech this weekend. The three-day meet will begin on Friday and will include prelims and finals each day.

The 2015 Panther Invitational was a good one for West Florida, as the team took a win over Florida Tech, North Florida and Saint Leo. In that meet, Pia Hulley set a school record in the 100 Back and Gabrielle Spangenberg put up the fastest DII time of the year in the 100 Breast.

UWF is following up on arguably its best meet of the fall, a quad meet against Florida State, Florida Gulf Coast and Florida Southern. The Argonauts took a win over No. 22 Florida Southern and saw several student-athletes record NCAA qualifying times.

Reigning national champion in the 100 Breast Theresa Michalak put together four A-cuts at the meet and set a national record in the 100 Breast, coming in at 1:00.62. She has recorded the sixth-fastest time in the 50 Free and the 10th-fastest time in the 100 Breast across all divisions of women’s college swimming this year. Her times in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast and 200 IM, which is also an A-cut time, are each the fastest in their discipline in DII this year.

But Michalak was not the only one with a strong showing at the quad meet, as Madeline Pitt clocked B-cut times in the 400 IM (4:26.97), the fifth-fastest in DII this year, the 1000 Free (10:19.42), which is the sixth-fastest DII time in the event this year, and the 500 Free.

UWF performed well on the boards, too, with Monica Amaral winning the 3-meter event and placing third in the 1-meter, and every West Florida diver defeated at least two DI divers from either FGCU or FSU.

Aside from individual standouts, the 400 Medley Relay team of Nicole Machado, Michalak, Rebecca Halfast and Danica Burnett set a school record (3:49.52) at the meet and posted a B-cut time as well.