Swimming & Diving Soar Past Boston College and Maine
Friday, November 04, 2011 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)

BOSTON, Mass. – The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team used ten first-place finishes en route to defeating Boston College and Maine on Friday night at the Flynn Recreation Complex Pool in Boston, Mass.

The Eagles now stand with a 5-1 dual meet record after taking down ACC foe Boston College (188-103) and Maine (168-123).

“It was a great night, the girls handled traveling and competing in the same day,” said reigning CCSA Coach of the Year, head coach Neal Studd. “We had some great events and got to try some new events on people. The ladies are excited to be somewhere new and looking forward to touring the city tomorrow.”

FGCU started out strong with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:47.98. The team of senior Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College), junior Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico/The Bolles School), freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), and sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) took home the win over Maine and Boston College.

In the 1000-yard Freestyle, the Eagles swept the event with junior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester, Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida) touching in at 10:29.80 for the victory followed by senior Leah Daniel (Winninpeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) and sophomore Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista HS).

Sophomore Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) helped the Eagles sweep the 200-yard free with a time of 1:55.04. Teammates Cadge and junior Jamie Akenberger (Bowling Green, Ohio/BGSU) came in second and third, respectively.

In the 100-yard back, freshman Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) swam to a first-place finish with a time of 59.95, while Nicolette Hansen (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline HS) placed second.

Seniors Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) and Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished first and second in the 200-Fly. Butler finished with a time of 2:08.15, while Cianci touched in at 2:08.42.

In the 50-yard Free, Svensson placed first with a time of 23.86, while Tanninen took second with a time of 24.98.

In the 1-meter diving competition, freshman Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola HS) came in second-place with 236.85 points.

Svensson earned her second individual victory of the day after placing first in the 100-Free with a time of 51.98, while Porter placed second touching in at 54.14.

In the 200-yard back, Vilorio picked up her second victory with a time of 2:08.00 and Hansen followed in third at 2:09.94.

The Eagles would take another second and third in the 200-breast after Rodrigues finished at 2:27.36, while classmate Mandy Melymuka (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul Catholic) came in at 2:30.15.

In the final diving event of the day, Collins finished second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 237.60.

FGCU would win the final event of the day as Butler, Lehtonen, Porter and Tanninen placed first in the 400-Free Relay touching in at 3:36.87.

The Eagles are back in action in two weeks at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 18-20.

For more information about the FGCU women’s swimming and diving team visit www.FGCUAthletics.com and follow @FGCUSwimandDive on Twitter for more updates.