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Perez Shows Out in the Show Me State

For the second consecutive day at the Mizzou Invite, an FIU swimmer broke her own school record. For the second consecutive day, senior Sonia Perez Arau beat what had been an FIU record time.

This time, Perez won.

Perez took the 400 individual medley Friday in 4:09.59, breaking her own school record of 4:10.54 set in February's Sun Belt Conference championships. Thursday, Perez finished second to teammate Johanna Gustafsdottir in the 200 IM as both broke Gustafsdottir's school record.

Gustafsdottir's 54.38 got her a fourth in the 100 backstroke. The junior from Iceland opened the night leading off the 200 medley relay team that, with junior Klara Andersson, freshman Jennifer Alfani and freshman Jenny Deist, came home in 1:42.76, good for seventh place and six tenths of a second off the school record set at February's Sun Belt meet by Gustafsdottir, Andersson, Valeriia Popova and Kelly Grace.

Gustafsdottir closed the night by leading off the 800 free relay team that included Perez, Farrugia and Courtney VanderSchaaf. Their 7:21.36 was good for third in the race and in FIU history. FIU's B team -- Becky Wilde, Andersson, Alfani, Deist -- scored a seventh in 7:35.21.

In the 200 free, Nadia Farrugia finished 13th, but dropped her personal best to 1:50.91, the fourth fastest in FIU history. Another 13th place finish came from Andersson, 1:04.32, in the 100 breaststroke. Sabrina Beaupre finished 10th in the 1-meter diving competition.



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