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JoGus wins again; team 5th at Mizzou Invite

Before I get to the postgame blog off Senior Night, let me pull your coat about FIU at the Mizzou Invite.

The team finished fifth in the 11-team field, behind Arkansas, Utah, Missouri and UCal-Davis and ahead of West Virginia, Southern Illinois, Northern Colorado, Nebraska, Saint Louis and Colorado State. That's a good placing, especially finishing only 10 points behind fourth place Cal-Davis.

I don't know if junior Johanna Gustafsdottir minds when I put "JoGus" in a blog headline. I just know it takes up less space than her last name, which I've learned to spell as she's becoming the best swimmer in FIU history, if she isn't already. She's certainly the best backstroker. Gustafsdottir took her second event at the Mizzou Invite, the 200 backstroke, Saturday night in 1:55.74. Senior Sonia Perez Arau, FIU's second best scorer this meet, finished third in 1:57.35 to give her an individual Mr. Owl Tootsie Pop Meet -- a one, a two, a three.

 

Perez Arau and Gustafsdottir started and anchored, respectively, the fifth place 400 freestyle relay team, which cranked off a 3:22.99, behind only the record 3:21.67 at February's Sun Belt Conference Championships by Gustafsdottir, Klara Andersson, Dani Albright and Marina Ribi. Andersson swam the third leg and Jennifer Alfani saw the second.

In the platform diving, senior Sabrina Beaupre got a fifth. When I talked to her several months ago, Beaupre said she was excited about the switch to Conference USA because C-USA had platform diving. 

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