Atlanta, Ga. – The FGCU Swimming and Diving team sits in second place and set three program records on the first day of Georgia Tech Invitational Friday night in Atlanta, Ga.
Florida State leads the field with 515 points, followed by FGCU (271), Miami (238) and Georgia Tech (169) to round out the top four teams. Harvard and Alabama sit in a tie for fifth place with 123 points.
“Today was an awesome day for our program. We took down two relay varsity records and the 200-IM individual,” said head coach Neal Studd. “The girls are swimming so fast and having a lot of fun doing it. Beating FSU in the relay was a special moment. To see us leading Alabama, Georgia Tech, Miami and Harvard is just unbelievable for us. We hope we can finish this off over the next two days. If we continue to work hard I believe we can.”
The Eagles got off to a great start in the first event, setting a new program record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), senior Megan Wolfe (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Daytona State College), freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay) and senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) finished in second place with a time of 1:31.70. The previous record was 1:32.24 set by last year’s team.
In the 200-yard IM, freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) set a program record when she finished in second with a time of 2:00.68. The previous program record was 2:01.55 and the freshman record was 2:02.69.
In the final event of the night, the Eagles took home their only first place victory in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Morgan, senior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/Bolles School), Lehtonen and Svensson finished with a time of 3:41.10, which also established a new program record. The previous record was 3:41.11 and set last season.
Lehtonen added more points for the Green and Blue when she finished third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.19.
Svensson and Wolfe both came back to race in the “A” final of the 50-yard freestyle and took third and sixth place, respectively. Svensson finished with a time of 22.85 and Wolfe finished with a time of 23:45.
In diving, senior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) collected a ninth-place finish on the three-meter board with a score of 245.05.
Day 1 Georgia Tech Invite Results
1. Florida State – 515
2. FGCU – 271
3. Miami – 238
4. Georgia Tech – 169
T-5. Harvard – 123
T-5. Alabama – 123
7. Emory – 79
8. Clemson – 15
9. Hawaii - 6