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Total Domination: Panthers win 12 Events in Final Home Meet of Season
          Release: 01/14/2012
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MIAMI (Jan. 14, 2012) The future is now for FIU Head Coach Randy Horner and his FIU swimming & diving team as underclassmen accounted for 10-of-11 individual wins in a 174-120 route of Central Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon.

Not to be outdone by the young pups on the squad, senior and reigning Sun Belt Swimmer of the Week, Kariann Stevens, took first place in the 100 Butterfly, winning the event in her final home match of her career on senior day. She also teamed with fellow senior Vicnan Torres and freshmen Klara Andersson and Nadia Farrugia to take the gold in the 400 Free Relay.

Along with Stevens and Torres, FIU also honored senior Elly James. 

Sophomore Sonia Perez Arau was the big winner for the Panthers on Saturday afternoon, taking a total of three individual events to account for 27 points in those three victories. She took first in the 1000 Free, 200 Back and the 400 IM.

Sophomore and reigning Sun Belt Diver of the Week, Sabrina Beaupre, once again took first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. She now has a whopping 14 victories during the 2011-12 season.

Sophomore Johanna Gustafsdottir won both the 100 Back and 500 Free events. Freshmen Farrugia (200 Free), Andersson (100 Free) and Jeanmarie Madison (200 Breaststroke) each took home one event on the afternoon.

The Panthers will next travel to Ft. Myers, Fla. on Jan. 28, to take on Florida Gulf Coast University.

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.




About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campus and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit





FIU's seniors, Vincan Torres (left), Elly James (middle), and Kariann Stevens (right), are honored prior to the start of the meet.
FIU's seniors, Vincan Torres (left), Elly James (middle), and Kariann Stevens (right), are honored prior to the start of the meet.

Courtesy: Samuel Lewis
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