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Hurricanes Top Panthers in Season Opener

Hurricanes Top Panthers in Season Opener

CORAL GABLES, Fla. ‚Äď The University of Miami swimming & diving team opened their season Saturday, earning a win over FIU at the Whitten Center Pool.

The Hurricanes surpassed the Panthers, 199-100, in their first dual meet of the season.

‚ÄúIt was a good meet today. Lots of good energy,‚ÄĚ head swimming coach Andy Kershaw said. ¬†‚ÄúThe things I love about this is it really gives us a chance to evaluate the things we‚Äôre doing well and what we can improve on. There‚Äôs things to improve on, but we did a lot of things really well.‚ÄĚ

One of Miami’s top-point scorer of the day was junior diver and reigning NCAA national champion Mia Vallée, who finished with a top-finish in the 3-meter springboard (308.93) and second-place finish in the 1-meter springboard (307.13). Sophomore diver Emma Gullstrand had a top-finish in the 1-meter springboard (326.03) and second in the 3-meter springboard (297.90).

To begin the meet, Miami secured the first (Kuehne, Vovk, Mason and Hinton) and second (Vanrenterghem, Sundstrand, Carvalho and Spaulding) finishes over FIU in the 200-yard medley relay.

Redshirt junior Adrianna Cera opened individual swimming action with a top-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing in 10:21.09. Captain Aino Otava placed second (10:23.16) behind Cera and freshman Kate Sommerstad placed third (10:27.71) in her collegiate debut.

Freshman Jane Fitzgerald placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.01), in her collegiate debut.

Captain and veteran Zorry Mason placed first in the 100-yard backstroke (56.39), with Celina Kuehne following closely behind (56.94).

Sophomore Jacey Hinton helped the Hurricanes maintain the lead with top finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (23.26) and 100-yard freestyle (51.01).

In the 100-yard freestyle Fitzgerald(51.99), Spaulding (52.47) and Barr (52.55) all finished consecutively behind Hinton.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Miami had three top finishes with Sarah Sensenbrenner finishing first (2:02.48), Sommerstad (2:04.19) in second and Kuehne finishing third (2:07.29).

Cera added another win in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.20). Carvalho followed Cera winning the 100-yard butterfly (56.01).

The Hurricanes closed out their opening meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Miami’s first-place finish included Fitzgerald, Cera, Spaulding and Hinton with a final time of 3:25.93 to cap off the season-opener.

Miami’s next meet will be the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas from October 7-8.

‚ÄúThe SMU Classic is certainly very special. It‚Äôs also challenging because we have a very limited travel squad, so I‚Äôm looking forward to going to that competition, but also¬†have some mixed emotions, since¬†we‚Äôre going to have some people here in Miami. It‚Äôs always great to get a chance to get on the bus and race,‚ÄĚ Kershaw said.