FGCU Swimming & Diving Defeats ACC Foe Miami, 130-113
Friday, October 12, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the second time this season and third-straight time overall, the FGCU Swimming and Diving team defeated ACC foe Miami, 130-113, at the FGCU Aquatics Center, Friday afternoon.

The Eagles finished with eight first-place, 10 second-place and five third-place finishes against Miami.

Freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark) set a new FGCU freshman record in the 200-yard breaststroke when she finished first with a time of 2:18.30. The previous record was 2:18.96, set by Vicky Cadge back in 2009. Leth-Espensen also added a first place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:06.74.

"I am really proud to be the coach of such a hard working and great group of girls," said head coach Neal Studd. "We had a setback today when we won the first relay but got disqualified then the girls dug really deep and fought their way back on top. It was a true team effort and the girls made me so proud of them today."

Swimming in her first race this season, sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), who competed in the 2012 NCAA Championships, earned a first place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24:03. Senior Megan Wolfe (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Daytona State College) also competed in the event and placed second with a time of 24.22.

In the 1000-yard freestyle, junior Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) and senior Jamie Akenberger (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green HS/BGSU) took first and second place finishes, respectively, with times of 10:24.44 and 10:24.76.

Porter competed in the 500-yard freestyle as well and placed second with a time of 5:09.02. Junior Lindsay Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) was right behind Porter when she finished with a time of 5:09.53, good for third place.

Senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) and freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay) finished first and second, respectively in the 200-yard freestyle with times of 1:51.40 and 1:52.87. Morgan also finished first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.96.

Coming off a summer in which she represented Honduras in the 2012 Olympic games, sophomore Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) competed with Morgan in the 200-yard backstroke and placed second with a time of 2:06.37.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Svensson, freshman Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy), Lehtonen and Morgan finished first with a time of 1:35.32.

The swimming and diving team will be back in action Friday, October 26, when they host FIU in a dual meet at 5 p.m. at the FGCU Aquatics Center.