The FIU swimming and diving program took first in nine of the 16 events and opened the season with a lopsided 164.5-115.5 victory over visiting Miami (Fla.) Saturday at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center. The dual win avenged one of only three losses the Panthers suffered last season (10-3 in 2016-17) and gets the team off to a 1-0 start.

In her first collegiate meet, freshman Rachel Foord (Melbourne, Australia) posted an NCAA qualifying mark by scoring 290.47 in the 3-meter springboard. Senior and defending Conference USA Diver of the Year Rebecca Quesnel (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) took the top spot in the 1-meter, posting an NCAA qualifying mark of 289.57 from her season-opening program.

Results Here

The 2017 C-USA Swimmer of the Year, senior Letizia Bertelli (Cremona, Italy) won three individual events (50 free – 23.74, 100 free – 51:10, 100 fly – 55.39) and swam the third leg in FIU’s first-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay (1:43.39). Three of her times were her fastest for her career in a dual meet.

“We had a complete team effort today,” notes FIU Head Coach Randy Horner. “The ladies stepped up and competed well. We beat a very good Miami team. This could be the best FIU team we have had.”

Other individual wins…

–          Kyna Pereira (1000 free – 10:35.49)

–          Naomi Ruele (100 back – 55.92)

–          Stephanie Hussey (200 fly – 2:03.29)

–          Sara Gyertyanffy (200 IM – 2:06.59)

The Panthers will split the squad for next weekend’s action, with some competing at North Florida against the Ospreys and Georgia Southern in duals and others participating in the FIU Fall Classic, a seven-team home event that starts at 4 p.m. Friday and concludes with Saturday action, beginning at 11 a.m.

Courtesy of Ryan Rose