Petra Halmai Ends Decorated Career at Ohio State’s Last Chance Meet

Columbus, Ohio – One of the best swimming careers in FGCU history ended Sunday as a redshirt-senior Petra Halmai (Dombovar, Hungary/Lanczos Kornel Secondari Grammar School) participated in the Ohio State Last Chance Meet.

Halmai had previously swum NCAA “B” cut times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, but due to the number of swimmers with better times ahead of her, her times did not directly qualify.

On Sunday at Ohio State, she tried to break season records in order to qualify but ultimately fell a little short, posting times of 1:01.29 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:10.60 in the 200 breaststroke. .

“Although we didn’t achieve the goal we set for ourselves, Petra had one of the most successful careers of any FGCU athlete,” the head coach said. david rollins. “Sport offers countless lessons and opportunities, both for athletes and coaches, and this past season has taught us a lot. I know that even though his college career is over, his professional career will be really special. It’s been a whole season, but now we are thinking and preparing our team for next year.”

Halmai concludes her FGCU career as one of the most decorated in history. She is a 13x CCSA Gold Medalist, 2x CCSA Swimmer of the Year, 2x CCSA Championship Swimmer, 2x CSCAA All-American and CSCAA Scholar All-American.

She also swam at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, competing for Team Hungary where she helped set a national record in the mixed mixed relay.

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The head coach david rollins is only the second coach in program history. He was hired Sept. 1, 2016 and boasts a 35-26-1 (.573) dual meet record, which includes a 14-2 (.875) mark against CCAA opponents, in his sixth season. . Rollins guided the FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), as well as the program’s fourth consecutive title in 2018, scoring the ninth championship in 10 years before winning the 10th championship in program history in 2021. Additionally, he was named CCAA Coach of the Year in two of his seasons at the helm. Previously, Rollins was the assistant coach of men’s swimming at Ohio State University. Rollins brings more than a decade of coaching experience to The Nest, including helping develop Olympians, NCAA champions and All-Americans, as well as multiple conference champions. A native of Brockton, Mass., he was an outstanding college swimmer and was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame in 2017, as a nine-time NCAA All-American, national champion, record holder school and team. captain.

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