FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team looks to capture its fifth-straight Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Conference Championships beginning on Thursday Feb. 21 at the University of Georgia. The Green and Blue look to make it five-straight CCSA Conference Championships.
The Eagles are 9-2 this season with conference victories coming against Liberty, Georgia Southern, North Florida and Radford.
At last year’s CCSA Championships, FGCU finished with 840 points and won the meet by over 300 points. Then-junior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) was honored as the Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet while then-freshman Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) took home the Most Outstanding Female Freshman Performer of the Meet.
In the last four CCSA Championships, the Green and Blue have won by an average margin of 220 points and during conference action this season, they are winning by an average margin of 126 points.
Since joining the CCSA in 2007, the Eagles are 24-1 in conference action with its only loss coming at the hands of Georgia Southern back on Jan. 19, 2008.
The Green and Blue have also defeated ACC foes Miami, Georgia Tech and WAC opponent North Dakota.
FGCU is ranked No. 10 in the third edition of the CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Swimming Poll and is the only team in the CCSA ranked in the Top 25. The Eagles were ranked as high as No. 8 in the first edition of the poll and dropped back to 10th in the second edition. The Green and Blue were also ranked No. 44 in the top 100 fall performances, conducted by CollegeSwimming.com in late December.
The Green and Blue have earned six CCSA Swimmer of the Week and five Diver of the Week honors in just 14 weeks and have won the most out of any school in the conference. Bulter has garnered Diver of the Week three times this season while sophomore Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola) received the award in the first week of voting. Svensson has garnered Swimmer of the Week, three times while freshmen Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay), Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) and senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) have all received the award once this year.
Fans can watch the championship on a live video stream on the CCSA Website. All three days of the championship will be video-streamed LIVE and can be purchased for $7.95, while a single day can be viewed for $4.95. You can purchase the video streaming packages at theCCSA.com.
In addition to the video stream, the CCSA will provide free live results through the HyTek manager system. The link for the live results will be available on www.THECCSA.com. There will also be live Twitter updates on http://twitter.com/TheCCSA, updating you on all the action of the CCSA Championships.
Results and recap will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com at the conclusion on the event. Fans can also get updates from the team through twitter @FGCU_WSwim.