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December 01, 2012

School records for Gustafsdottir & Ribi in Missouri (not muddy) waters

As far as basketball at The Branch tonight, the women won, the men lost, I'll blog more about it later or tomorrow morning.

At the final night of the Mizzou Invitational, sophomore Johanna Gustafsdottir finished second in the 200 backstroke to Missouri's Dominique Bouchard by 5.06 seconds after clocking a 1:57.83. In just over one season at FIU, Gustafsdottir owns five individual records and swam on four of the record holding relay teams.

The 200 butterfly saw Marina Ribi finish third in 2:00.31 while smashing her own school record of 2:04.36 set in October.

The 400 freestyle relay of Gustafsdottir leading off, Ribi anchoring and Klara Andersson and Sonia Perez Arau in between came in sixth in 3:25.23. Gustafsdottir's opening leg of 51.03 broke Trudi Maree's record of 51.27 set Feb. 28, 2008 at the Sun Belt Conference meet.

 

New guys

I asked FIU coach Richard Pitino for thumbnail sketches on this week's signees. Here's what he said:

On Jaquan Lynch, a 6-1 senior at Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson High: "Lynch we saw over the summer. Really liked him a lot. It turned out (assistant coach) Kimani (Young) had known him growing up. He had a relationship with him. He reminded me a lot of a kid I coached at Louisville, Russ Smith, where he just puts the ball in the hole, great defensive player. I thought he’d be perfect for our up-tempo style, our pressing style. Plays both positions, the 1 and the 2."

 

On Daquein McNeil, a 6-3 senior guard at Saxton River Vermont Academy, rated as the No. 41 shooting guard in the country by Rivals.com, three stars by Rivals and Scout.com, two stars by ESPN: "I think he can play three positions. I like getting guys who can play multiple positions because we switch a lot and do a lot of different things defensively. Daquan is a kid I’ve known because I recruited him at Louisville. Really liked him a lot. Loved how hard he played, his leadership skills, his versatility, loved his potential."

 

On Jonathan "Sponge" Holton, a 6-9 sophomore at Palm Beach State College and Coral Gables High graduate: "He was a guy who could play a couple of different positions for us. Very talented player, very skilled player. Good pick and pop guy.”

Holton's also faced accusations of video voyeurism while a freshman last year at Rhode Island University for posting videos of himself having sex to his Facebook account.

 


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