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Swimming and Diving Finish Second At First-Ever CCSA Championships
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Viktoria Hyddmark, earned womens most outstanding swimmer honors, as well as outstanding freshman honors.
Viktoria Hyddmark, earned womens most outstanding swimmer honors, as well as outstanding freshman honors.

HUNTERSVILLECHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Florida Gulf Coast University Women’s Swimming and Diving team took second place in the inaugural CCSA Swimming Championships that concluded on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. The Eagles finished as the top A-Sun team in the CCSA Championships, but fell just 26 points shy to Davidson College. Freshman Viktoria Hyddmark, earned women’s most outstanding swimmer honors, as well as outstanding freshman honors.

 

“This was unbelievable day,” said head coach Neal Studd.”This was our best performance of the year, and it was a great way to end an unbelievable season. I couldn’t ask for a better group, and they all came together and really stepped it up this weekend.”

 

The Eagles where victorious in three events, taking the top spot in the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, and the 200-yard butterfly.

 

Junior Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.) took the top spot in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:56.58, while freshman Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla.) took the eighth spot, finishing in 17:57.99.

 

In the 200-yard backstroke freshman Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden) finished in first place with a time of 2:00.69. Freshman Katie Oke (Exeter, Ontario) finished in sixth, touching in 2:07.61.

 

Freshman Rachel Rein (Oviedo, Fla.) finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.01, and classmate Catrina Silveira (Doral, Fla.) placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:24.37.

 

Freshman Corinna Lallier (Woodbury, Fla.) won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:06.46, and Courtney Gallo took third just under seconds behind Lallier.

 

On the boards, freshman Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla.) finished second in the three meter with 243.90 points. Freshmen Sarah McCollough (Lakeland, Fla.) finished in fourth with 220.00 points, and Gabrielle Shaw ( Boyton Beach, Fla.) finished eighth with 198.60 points.  

 

“We really came through,” said assistant coach Patricia Stringham.”We have come a long way, and this was a very special day for our program.”

 

Hyddmark swam her fastest times this season in every event she competed in, earning her three first-place finishes, 73 points and a NCAA Division I B cut time.  On day one, she earned her first gold medal, swimming a 2:07.45 in the 200-yard individual medley (20 points).  On day two she took first in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 57.11 and earning her another 20 points for the meet.  On the final day of competition, the freshman had her best race of the meet and took home her third win in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher (2:00.69) and earning her the NCAA Divison I B cut time.  She also earned nine bonus points for setting Conference records in each event and four more bonus points for earning the B cut time.

 

2008 CCSA Individual Honors

 

Most Outstanding Swimmer

Women – Viktoria Hyddmark, Florida Gulf Coast University

 

Most Outstanding Diver

Women – Emily Eisenhower, University of North Florida

 

Most Outstanding Freshman Performer

Women – Viktoria Hyddmark, Florida Gulf Coast University

 

Swimming Coach of Year

Women – John Young, Davidson College

 

Diving Coach of the Year

Women – Melissa Hyams, University of North Florida