Swimming Splits Tri-Meet with Georgia Tech, Northwestern
ATLANTA – The University of Miami split its tri-meet with Georgia Tech and Northwestern on Saturday afternoon, topping the host Yellow Jackets at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
Miami’s showing was even more impressive considering the Hurricanes were competing without their diving contingent, who spent the week at the U.S. Winter National Championships in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hurricanes bested Georgia Tech but fell to Northwestern in a special tri-meet featuring different events; most 200-yard events were cut to 150 yards, while 100-yard events were cut to 75 to encourage a change of pace and strategy.
The Hurricanes took two of the top three times in the 800-yard freestyle, as Adrianna Cera (8:11.19) and Aino Otava (8:14.31) captured second place and third place, respectively, in one of the first distance events of the day.
Cera was right back at it in the 150-yard freestyle (1:20.68), nearly winning the event but coming up just short of Northwestern’s Ally Larson (1:20.29). Veteran Carmen San Nicolas (1:20.84) was third.
Danika Huizinga was second in the 75-yard backstroke (41:46) while Emma Sundstrand scored points for Miami with a fourth-place finish in the 75-yard breaststroke (45.91). Freshman Giulia Carvalho was third by a razor-thin margin in the 75-yard butterfly (40.75), with Northwestern’s Miriam Guevara (40.34) and Georgia Tech’s McKenzie Campbell (40.57) taking the top two spots, to keep the momentum building for the Hurricanes.
Freshman standout Jacey Hinton was third (37.62) in the 75-yard freestyle while Cera (3:57.52) and Otava (3:58.92) took two of the top three spots in the 400-yard freestyle. Carvalho added another third-place finish in the 100-yard IM (57.59).
Miami’s 200-yard freestyle relay, comprised of San Nicolas, Hinton, Cera and Sydney Knapp, finished the event in second place (1:35.11).