Silvia Scalia, a freshman from Lecco, Italy, ripped off the second best 100 backstroke time in FIU history last week while opening a winning 400 medley relay and plowed the water for Conference USA's second best 200 back time this season (to her own previous 200 back time).
For this, Scalia earned Conference USA's Swimmer of the Week award.
In FIU's rout of Florida Southern, Scalia's leadoff relay leg of 55.76 slotted her behind only then-sophomore Johanna Gustafsdottir's 53.94 at the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championships (as the relay's first leg, it can be counted for records at that distance). Her 2:01.81 in the 200 back was a digit off her 2:01.69 against FAU on Oct. 4, the third best time in FIU history.
Junior linebacker Patrick Jean has been suspended for the rest of the season. FIU coach Ron Turner said Jean's potential return to the program was still up in the air.
As of right now, Saturday's game isn't airing in this market. It seems common sense or common decency that if the TV rights holder is going to do a Freddy Kreuger on FIU's attendance by forcing the Panthers to play at noon, the least the rights holder can do is make sure the game gets aired in this market.
The spread, which began with Rice an 8-point favorite, is now down to 6 with a 50.5 Over/Under.