FGCU Swimming and Diving Set to Host Dual Meet with Miami
Thursday, October 11, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team will host its second meet of the season when it takes on ACC foe Miami, Friday, October 12, at the FGCU Aquatics Center.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and is part of the department’s Third Annual Pink Kick-Off campaign that will feature three games on campus over the weekend. All the proceeds from the meet will go to breast cancer awareness and research.

The Eagles faced off with the Hurricanes at the All-Florida Invitational on September 28-30 and FGCU overtook Miami on the final day of competition to finish in third place. Since 2007, FGCU is 2-4 against Miami in six meetings. The Green and Blue defeated Miami last year, 151-148, in Coral Gables, Fla., in a tri-meet with Florida State.

The Hurricanes have not competed since the All-Florida Invite and this will mark their first dual meet of the season.

Last time out, the Eagles were defeated by FSU, 173-122, in its first dual meet of the season. The Eagles finished the day with five first-place, eight second-place and nine third-place finishes against FSU.

Senior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) picked up Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Diver of the Week (CCSA) honor for her performance in the dual meet with FSU. Butler took home third place finishes on the 1-meter board and 3-meter board events with scores of 242.24 and 240.00, respectively.

In relays, the Eagles finished first and second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and recorded a second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of junior Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson), seniors Megan Wolfe (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Daytona State College) and Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) and freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Canada/Harry Ainlay HS) finished in first place of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:35.85. The team of seniors Jamie Akenberger (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green HS/BGSU) and Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Creekside), junior Jessica Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) and sophomore Cassie Niles (Helotes, Texas/Sandra Day O’Conner) placed second in the event with a time of 1:40.93. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Morgan, Beaubrun, Blizzard and Wolfe earned the Eagles a second place finish with a time of 1:45.25.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Beaubrun, freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark) and classmate Samantha Rahael (Trinidad & Tobago/The Bolles School) placed first, second and third, respectively, with times of 1:04.81, 1:04.87 and 1:07.34.

Leth-Espensen added first place finishes in both the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, while Morgan added her own first place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:04.02.

Results and recap will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com at the conclusion of the event. Fans can also get updates from the team through twitter @FGCU_WSwim.