Swimming Tops Florida Atlantic, Tampa
Friday, October 30, 2009 | by Michael Pierce

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swimming and diving team swept Florida Atlantic and Tampa in a tri-meet Friday evening, picking up convincing victories over both schools. The Eagles defeated FAU 180-112 and knocked off Tampa 194-92. With the two victories, the Eagles upped their dual meet record to 6-3 on the season.

The Blue and Green started strong, placing first and second in the opening event, the 200 medley relay. Then, in the next event, the 200 free, Eagle swimmers placed first, third, fourth, and fifth. This set the tone for the evening, as FGCU would dominate both the Owls and the Spartans throughout the meet.

Florida Atlantic’s Eszter Bucz was the only female swimmer not wearing an FGCU suit that won an event, until the Eagles chose to exhibition the last few events. Bucz won the 100 breast and the 1000 free, but the Eagles still performed well in those events, placing second, third, and fourth in both.

Four Eagles recorded multiple individual wins on the day. Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec) won the 100 back in 57.78 and the 200 breast in 2.22.07. Line Lauridsen (Esbjerg, Denmark) placed first in the 50 free in 23.63 and the 100 free in 52.25. Margie Chamberlin (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) won the 100 fly in 56.95 and the 200 fly in 2:04.05. Chamberlin and Lauridsen also took part in the Eagles first-place finish in 200 medley relay, swimming the third and fourth legs, respectively, for FGCU’s “A” team. Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla.) finished first in the 1-meter diving with a score of 243.52 and the 3-meter diving with a score of 260.17.

The Eagle swimmers will be back in the water on November 11, traveling to Jacksonville to battle CCSA and in-state rival North Florida in a dual meet. Start time is set for 2 p.m.