ATHENS, Ga. – The FGCU Swimming and Diving team took home five of a possible seven first-place finishes to stay in first-place with 544 points after the second day of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Conference Championships at the University of Georgia, Friday night.
After two days, the Eagles have set four new program and CCSA records. The Eagles have also won 10 of a possible 13 events during the two-day span.
“A great team effort across the board,” said three-time CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “We won both relays and had a bunch of best times so wer are looking forward to a great last day!”
In the first event of the second day, the Eagles took first and set a new conference and FGCU record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), and seniors Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), Megan Wolfe (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Daytona State College) and Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) finished with a time of 1:38.85 and qualified for the NCAA “B” cuts.
Freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) followed the relay with a first place finish in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:18.50. The Eagles’ seven straight-event winning streak was broken up when Jess Reinhardt of Liberty took first in the 100-yard butterfly in the ninth event on women’s side.
Lehtonen got the Eagles back on track when she won the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:50.26. Freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay) placed second in the event with a time of 1:50.44. Svensson won her first individual event of the day and second during the CCSA Championships when she took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.11. Svensson broke the FGCU and CCSA record with her time and qualified for the NCAA “B” cuts.
In the final event of the night, the Eagles took first in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of sophomores Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital), Cassie Niles (Helotes, Texas/Sandra Day O’Connor), junior Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Herforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) and Morgan finished with a time of 7:25.84.
The final day of the CCSA Championship begins Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10:00 a.m. with preliminaries followed by the finals which will take place at 6:00 p.m.
Fans can watch the championship on a live video stream on the Big South Network. The final two 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 BigSouthSports.com and choose “upcoming live events” from the multimedia menu.
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 TheCCSA.com. There will also be live Twitter updates on http://twitter.com/TheCCSA, updating you on all the action of the CCSA Championships.
For more information about the FGCU women’s swimming and diving team visit http://www.FGCUAthletics.comand follow @FGCU_WSwim on Twitter for more updates.
Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championship (Day One)
1. FGCU - 544
2. Liberty University - 378
3. Georgia Southern - 300.5
4. Gardner-Webb - 242
5. North Florida - 226
6. College of Charleston - 223.5
7. Davidson - 190
8. Campbell - 173
9. North Carolina Asheville - 88
10. Radford - 73
11. Howard - 60
12. Virginia Military Institute - 35
13. North Carolina A&T - 30