FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU Swimming and Diving team used nine first-place finishes, including three from both sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) and freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) to take care of FIU, 168-130, in Miami, Fla. on Saturday afternoon.
“It was a long day but we swam tough and took a convincing win,” said three-time CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “The team is really beat up right now with all the work we are doing to prepare to try to win another conference championship. We set five new FIU pool records which is fun including the 400-yard freestyle relay. Emma Svensson and Julie Leth-Espensen both had a great day with multiple victories.
The win helps improve the Green and Blue’s winning streak to five games and a dual meet record of 7-2 on the year.
Leth-Espensen was also part of the 200-yard medley relay and Svensson was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay teams that also took home first-place finishes. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay), Leth-Espensen and seniors Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep), and Megan Wolfe (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Daytona State College) finished first with a time of 1:47.39. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Svensson, Wolfe, senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) and freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay) took first with a time of 3:29.42.
Svensson picked up individual victories in the 100-yard backstroke (55.46), 100-yard freestyle (51.23) and 100-yard butterfly (56.05) while Leth-Espensen had individual victories in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.32), 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.57) and 200-yard IM (2:06.01).
Junior Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) was the only other Eagle to pick up an individual first-place finish. Meeder took first in the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 5:04.48. Meeder also added a second-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:29.98.
Lehtonen chipped in two second-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.71) and 200-yard butterfly (2:07.79) events.
Morgan added points with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.54) and a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.08).
Wolfe recorded her own second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 24.85.
Freshman Meghan McGuirk (Plaistown, N.H./Peddie School) tallied two third-place finishes in both the 100-yard (1:06.59) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.12) events.
In diving, senior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) collected second-place finishes on the one-meter and three-meter board events with scores of 256.72 and 289.12, respectively. Sophomore Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola) finished third in both events with scores of 244.57 and 243.07, respectively.
The swimming and diving team will return back to the FGCU Aquatics Center Wednesday, January 23, when they host FAU in a dual meet at 6 p.m.