Today's 146-90 crushing of Central Connecticut came on Senior Day over at the Biscayne Bay Campus pool, the fourth of four home swim meets this year. Too bad the most successful team, if you combine academics and athletics, at FIU has so few chances to be seen by their peers. Plus, the water women do their thing across town from the main campus.
But at least they've got their own venue, unlike the track team.
Anyway, enough with the re-yammering of what I've yammered before. Here's the senior class:
Sonia Perez Arau -- FIU's distance ace holds school records in the 500 freestyle, 1000 free, 1650 free, 400 individual medley and was part of the school record 800 free relay team. She set the Sun Belt Conference record, 4:10.54, in winning the 400 IM at the Sun Belt meet last year and has the best 400 IM time in Conference USA this year.
Perez Arau also made the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or better) in 2011-12.
Sabrina Beaupre -- The best diver in FIU history. The only record she doesn't hold is in a 10-dive 1-meter competition and 11-dive 3-meter. And she doesn't hold those records because the NCAA discontinued them. Three-time Sun Belt Diver of The Year, which makes sense because she won the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions at all three of the Sun Belt Conference meets and holds the Sun Belt records in each event. She could rack up a hat trick at the Conference USA meet because C-USA has Platform Diving. Beaupre's ranked first in Platform and 1-meter this year, second in 3-meter.
You know the line about "as useful as a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest?" Well, One-Ankle Beaupre kicked butt in all those contests last year before missing the NCAAs for ankle surgery.
She also made the Sun Belt Commissioner's List (3.5 GPA or better) in 2012-13.
Mary Boucher -- Boucher would be FIU's Distance Queen, record-holder in the 1650 free and 100 free, if it weren't for Perez Arau. She's also got the fourth fastest time in the 500 free. She made the Sun Belt Commissioner's List in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Melissa Moreno -- Moreno has the third fastest time in the 200 butterfly in FIU history. Just writing "200 butterfly" makes me want to call a masseuse for my shoulders and lats. Moreno made the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Sarah D'Antoni -- D'Antoni scored points for FIU in the 100 fly and 200 fly at the 2013 Sun Belt Championships, her 200 fly time being second all-time at FIU behind the Panthers all time Fly Girl, Marina Ribi. D'Antoni made the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll last year, her first at FIU since coming from Indian River College.
Valeriia Popova -- Popova swam the breaststroke leg of the school-record 200 medley relay team and has the seventh-fastest FIU times in the 50 free and 100 back. She made the Sun Belt Honor Roll in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Note to those advocating the necessity of babysitting academically deficient athletes in certain other sports: the swim team often is finishing its first workout of the day when other athletes are hitting the snooze bar for the first time and they don't seem to need an army of coaches hounding them about going to class.
In the above story, I made reference that T.Y. Hilton's mother, Cora Hilton, played college basketball. She didn't make any reference to her high school days other than to say she played.
One of the community folks I've known down here since my earliest days at The Herald texted me early this morning that the former Cora Burnett "was one of the best point guards in Miami Central history" as well as "A school leader in our class...everybody had respect in school for CB."
Indeed, some research determines she was a star point guard on strong Central teams before graduating in 1981.