UPCOMING HOME MATCHES/GAMES
Sunday, women's basketball, vs. Cleveland State, 2 p.m.
Friday, women's basketball, FIU Thanksgiving Classic vs. Arizona 6 p.m.
When you're a mid-major program who gets a transfer from an SEC school who was a national junior champion in the 200 butterfly, how long would you guess before your 200 fly school record falls like Marvis Frazier?
Anybody guessing "the first major meet," give yourself a Pop Tart. Junior Valerie Inghels, a transfer from Auburn, took FIU's 200 butterfly record from Marina Ribi on the last day of the Mizzou Invite while senior Johanna Gustafsdottir added to her collection of school records in the 200 breaststroke.
Inghels. from France, cranked a 1:59.44 in the Saturday morning prelims, the first sub-2:00.00 200 fly in FIU history, then came back with 1:59.37 in the final. That brought her in 1.01 seconds behind the host school's Sharli Brady. FIU also got a second out of freshman Silvia Scalia, who finished second in the 100 backstroke for the meet and in FIU history in 1:55.55. Junior Karin Tomeckova came in fourth, clocking 1:57.73.
The 200 back record holder at 1:54.40 and, before Scalia's leadoff 400 medley leg Thursday, the 100 back record holder snagged the 200 breast record Saturday. Gustafsdottir's 2:14.20 lowered her previous best by six seconds for the day, got her sixth place in the event and toppled the oldest timed event record at FIU, Sara Giovannoni's 2:14.38 from the 2007 NCAA meet.
FIU's A team -- Gustafsdottir, sophomore Jenny Deist, Paulina Zelazna and Tomeckova -- got fourth place points in the 400 free relay in 3:23.64, the only event time that's behind the best of what FIU posted last year at the Mizzou Invite. Then again, last year's 400 relay had Gustafsdottir and Sonia Perez, probably the two best swimmers in the program's young lifetime, Jenny Alfani and school record speedster Klara Anderssson.
On the platform, freshman Rebecca Quensel and sophomore Lily Kaufmann finished second and fourth, respectively.
To recap the three days: it's clear FIU's going to be much tougher at the Conference USA meet, where they finished second to Rice last year, because they've got the kind of depth that eventually triumphs at big meets. Scalia and Inghels give FIU two more consistent point scorers as well as swimmers for the relays. If FIU gets similar points from diving, the conference meet could come down to the relays.