Swimming and Diving Ready for CCSA Championships

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swimming and diving team travels to Lynchburg, Virginia this week for the CCSA Championship. The Eagles will be looking for their 11th CCSA Championship and second straight after sharing the title with Liberty last year.

Each of the four days of competition will have a morning session and an evening session. Prelims will take place in the morning beginning at 10 am while the finals will begin at 6 pm The entire event will be live-streamed with the prelims on the Big South Sports Network and the finals on ESPN3. You can also follow the championships on the Meet Mobile app or online here.

Each individual event will have three scored finals (ABC) with nine athletes each. All 27 of those athletes will score points for their respective teams.

Individual Event Scoring
Each event’s champion will score 35 points for their team, while last place in the C Final will earn one point. Here’s where everything in between ranks for point totals:

A Final: 35-31-30-29-28-27-26-25-24
B Final: 22-19-18-17-16-15-14-13-12
C Final: 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Relay Scoring
Only a team’s A Relay will score in each of the relay events. Each of the nine teams in the CCSA will compete in the five different relays: the 200-yard medley relay, the 800-yard freestyle relay, the 400-yard medley relay, the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay . Here are the point totals for each scored relay:


History at the CCSA Championship
FGCU will enter this year’s meet looking for its 11th CCSA Championship since the 2009 season and second straight after sharing the title with Liberty last season.
In the meet, the Eagles scored the second-most points in championship history with 1748.5 points and ended up tied with the Flames. With the shared title last year, Liberty has won three straight CCSA Championships after FGCU won nine of the previous 10 years.

Senior Petra Halmaic (Dombovar, Hungary/Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Championship last year after winning the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM as well as the 200 medley relay. She is also the reigning two-time CCSA Swimmer of the Year and now has Olympic experience as well as she competed in Tokyo for Team Hungary.

Senior Wiktoria Czarnecka (Lublin, Poland/Liceum 10 NR W Lublinie) will also be looking to defend multiple gold medals as she won the 50 free and 100 free in addition to the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay, and 400 free relay.

Both senior Megan Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada/Centennial CVI) and junior Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada/Bishop Macdonnelle CHS) will be looking to win gold again on the diving boards. Big sister Megan swept the 1-meter and 3-meter in 2019 while Reese took home gold in the 3-meter in 2020.

2021-22 Highlights
The Eagles faced some stiff competition this season and ended up with a 1-4 dual-meet record. They did shine in the invitationals as they finished first at the UNF Invitational to open the season as well as the Eagle Invitational.

Czarnecka leads the way in sprint freestyles as she has the top time in the CCSA this season in both the 50 free (22.77) and 100 free (49.58). Junior Hailey Yerew (Miami, Fla./Cutler Bay Senior High) is second in the CCSA in both events with times of 22.81 and 50.82, respectively.

As the distance gets longer, junior Sara Niepelova (Piestany, Slovakia/Gymnazium Pierra de Coubertina/ECU) takes the reigns as she has the third-fastest time in the 500 (4:58.74) and the fourth-fastest in the 1650 (17:23.24).

freshman Macy Mullis (Colbert, Ga./Madison County) and sophomore Emma Hixenbaugh (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) are the leading backstrokers for the Eagles. Mullis has the fourth-fastest time in the CCSA in the 100 back (55.98) while Hixenbaugh has the fourth-fastest in the 200 back (2:01.22).

The breaststroke is Halmai’s specialty as she has the top times in both the 100 breast (1:00.72) and the 200 breast (2:09.78), both of which have qualified for the NCAA Championships. She is also the only CCSA swimmer to have qualified for NCAAs in the 200 discipline.

Czarnecka and Halmai are near the top of the CCSA leaderboard in the butterfly as well as Czarnecka has an NCAA “B” cut time of 53.18 in the 100 fly, the top time in the CCSA, while Halmai has the second-fastest time in the 200 fly at 2:01.85.

Halmai’s name will pop up again in the individual medleys as she has the fastest 200 IM with a time of 2:01.48. She is also second in the 100 IM at 59.42.

The Eagles will also be looking for relay wins as they hold the top time in the 200 free relay (1:32.40), the 200 medley relay (1:41.98), and the 400 medley relay (3:41.21).

in diving, Reese Wakefield has the top score for the Eagles in both the 1-meter (291.00) and 3-meter (294.68).

2021-22 CCSA Weekly Honors for the Eagles
Sep 28
CCSA Swimmer of the Week: Wiktoria Czarnecka

Oct 19
CCSA Swimmer of the Week: Petra Halmaic
CCSA Diver of the Week: Reese Wakefield

Nov 9
CCSA Swimmer of the Week: Petra Halmaic
CCSA Diver of the Week: Reese Wakefield

Nov 23
CCSA Diver of the Week: Megan Wakefield

January 18
CCSA Swimmer of the Week: Petra Halmaic
CCSA Diver of the Week: Delaney Nelson

Feb 8
CCSA Swimmer of the Week: Dani D’Ambrosio

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head coach Dave Rollins is only the second coach in program history. He was hired Sept. 1, 2016 and owns a 35-26-1 (.573) dual meet record, which includes a 14-2 (.875) mark against CCSA opponents, in his sixth season. Rollins guided FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), as well as the program’s fourth-straight title in 2018, marking the ninth championship in 10 years before winning the 10th championship in program history in 2021. In addition, he has been awarded CCSA Coach of the Year in two of his seasons at the helm. Previously, Rollins was the associate head men’s swimming coach at The Ohio State University. Rollins brings over a decade of coaching experience to The Nest, which includes helping to develop Olympians, NCAA Champions and All-Americans, along with multiple conference champions. A native of Brockton, Mass., he was a standout collegiate swimmer in his own right and was inducted into the University of Arizona’s Hall of Fame in 2017, as a nine-time NCAA All-American, national champion, school record holder and team captain.

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