Cujas' 50 Free Record Highlights First Day of Fall Frenzy


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Catawba men sit in ninth and the women 11th after the opening day of the Wingate Fall Frenzy being held through Sunday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.  Queens sits atop both men's and women's standings with 14 teams competing in the women's meet and 11 in the men's.

Amy Cujas (Mocksville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) highlighted the opening day of the three-day meet with a school record in the 50 free.  On Friday, Cujas actually swam the three fastest 50 free times in school history.  She first broke the record in the 50 free afternoon prelim with a time of 24.52.  Cujas came back to shave sixth-tenths of second off the mark during the opening leg of the 200 free relay. 

Cujas' record time of 24.46 in the relay helped the team to the second fastest time in school history at 1:38.94.  She was joined by Anna Barnes (Suwanee, Ga./N. Gwinett HS/Darton St.), Janin Kassner (Giesen, GERMANY/Andreanum) and Nadine Brockmann (Hamburg, GERMANY/Ossietzsky) for an 11th-place finish. 

Brockmann (Hamburg, GERMANY/Ossietzsky) swam in the B Final of the 500 free and was 15th in a time of 5:08.13.  That marked the third fastest time in school history, replacing her prelim time of 5:08.69.  Cujas, Kassner, Brockmann and Barnes teamed up for the 400 medley relay and went 24th in the eighth fastest time in school history (4:04.43). 

For the men, Theo Zatterstrom (Stockholm, SWEDEN/Fryshuset) was 15th in the men's 500 free with a time of 4:45.90.   Andrew McCollister (Rockwell, N.C./Salisbury HS) was in the C Final and his time of 4:48.16 placed him 23rd.  A pair of swimmers were in the C final of the 200 IM with Jevgenij Gamper (Vilnius, LITHUANIA/Kachialov) placing 18th (1:56.01) and Finn Furstenwerth (Hamburg, GERMANY/Gymnasium Farmsen) 21st (1:57.70).

The men's 200 free relay squad of Gamper, Zatterstrom, Dominik Brus (Krakow, POLAND/Loms Krakow) and Toomas Goutt (Saint Witz, FRANCE/de Vinci) were sixth.  Their time of 1:24.10 was the seventh best in school history.  The four also teamed up for the 400 medley relay which was 11th in the school's fourth best time of 3:26.61.

The Fall Frenzy will continue through the weekend with preliminaries starting up Saturday morning at 10 am and the day two finals at 6 pm.

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