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FIU Swimming & Diving Program Recognized Nationally
          Release: 06/07/2012
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MIAMI (June 7, 2012)
- The 2011-12 College Swimming & Diving Honors were announced and the Panthers were recognized in three categories for their recent achievements. FIU swimming & diving was recognized as a Female Breakout Team and a Championship Performance honoree while diving coach Chris Mantilla was recognized as one of the top assistants of the year.

The Panthers were touted as one of eight female breakout teams and also honored for their 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship performance where FIU swept all the conference swimmer, diver and coaches of the year awards. During the season, the Panthers collectively broke 10 program records, four Sun Belt Conference records, claimed five Sun Belt championships in addition to having nine medalists and 13 finalists in the SBC Championships.

Mantilla was also recognized as one of the top eight assistants in the country for his tutelage of sophomore Sabrina Beaupre. Beaupre earned the SBC Diver of the Year award for the second consecutive year after taking home both diving titles. Beaupre captured the 1-meter and 3-meter diving titles and set Sun Belt records in the process.    

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 in 17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit

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Courtesy: Roy Viera
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