Eagles Soar Off the Blocks: Day One Complete
Thursday, February 19, 2009

ATHENS, GA. – After day one of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championship, Florida Gulf Coast women’s swimming and diving is in the lead with 298 points, Davidson is in second with 209 points and Gardner-Webb is third at 132 points.

Day one finals of the CCSA Championship started off with the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay where Florida Gulf Coast (Vicky Cadge, Margie Chamberlin, Rachael Rein and Isabela Mills Pinto) earned the win with a Conference-best time of 1:34.06. Coming in second was Davidson (Lindsey Martin, Alexa Richardson, Courtney Sanders and Emily Castle), who touched the wall at 1:34.31, and Georgia Southern (Courtney Martz, Ali Campbell, Caroline Bevillard and Katelyn Woolfolk) who grabbed the third-place finish with a time of 1:34.87.

In the women’s 500-yard freestyle, Florida Gulf Coast grabbed two of the top three finishes, with Leah Daniel pacing the Eagles with a 4:48.78 which not only placed her first but also set a new conference record as well. Lyn Ann Nelson of North Florida finished second with a time of 4:49.92, while FGCU’s Rosy Murray placed third with a time of 4:52.69.

In the women’s 200-yard individual medley, the Eagles swept the podium taking home the gold, silver and bronze with Vicky Cadge finishing first (2:02.69), Margrete Ulvestad touching for second (2:03.39) and Rachael Rein coming in third (2:04.94). All three swimmers now hold the record for top times in the CCSA.

In the women’s 50-yard freestyle, Davidson’s Lindsey Martin garnered first-place accolades with a time of 23.04. Gardner-Webb’s Corey Hughey came in second at 23.46 and Davidson’s Emily Castle rounded out the top three, touching the wall at 23.58.

Off the women’s 1-meter diving board, Florida Gulf Coast’s Karmin McNamara earned the gold with a score of 251.80, while Gaby Shaw garnered the silver with a 235.80. Davidson’s Linnea Buttermore finished third (228.65).

Closing out day one, the Gardner Webb 400-yard medley relay team of Tory Bryant, Stepheni Stadnik, Rachel Warkentin and Corey Hughey placed first with a time of 3:47.32, touching the wall barely before Florida Gulf Coast (Viktoria Hyddmark, Vicky Cadge, Margie Chamberlin and Rachael Rein) who finished second, clocking in at 3:47.56. North Florida (Emily Shaw, Taylor Crosby, Caroline Poling and Lyn Ann Nelson) placed third with a time of 3:51.40. All three relay teams recorded top times for the CCSA.

The CCSA Championships will resume tomorrow morning at 10:00am.