Two More NCAA Qualifying Times Highlight Final Day at Georgia Tech Invite
Sunday, November 20, 2011 | by Justin Glover (Jglove3)

ATLANTA, Ga. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team completed the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational in style picking up two more NCAA qualifying times, including the 400-yard free relay team at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on Sunday afternoon.

“A really great weekend for us after we showed we are ready to compete at the very highest level,” said head coach Neal Studd. “It was another huge step for this program. So proud of the amount of lifetime best times and improvements the girls produced”

In the 1650-yard free event, sophomore Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/ Royal Masonic) finished eighth with a time of 16:59.85, while teammates Leah Daniel (Winnepeg, Manitoba/Grant Park HS) and Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./ Rochester Adams/Florida) touched in 12th (17:03.22) and 16th (17:10.59), respectively.

Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan HS) placed second in the 100 free with an NCAA “B” time of 49.49. Sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson HS) finished sixth in the “B” final of the event touching in at 51.63.

In the 200 breast, Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) took fourth with a time of 2:16.26, which was just six tenths of a second from earning an NCAA qualifying time.

Senior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) earned a ninth place finish in the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.50. With that time, Butler achieved a USA swimming National cut for the USA nationals meet on Dec. 1-3.

In the final event of the day, the Eagles placed fourth in the 400 free relay as the team of Svensson, Tanninen, Lehtonen and Daniel earned an NCAA qualifying time of 3:24.48.

Svensson finished the invitational with three individual NCAA qualifying times in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back, while also a part of two relay teams that posted NCAA times in the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

The Green and Blue completed a remarkable weekend in which they broke numerous records and earned a total of six NCAA “B” times.

The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team finished in sixth place with 508 points at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. Florida took home the victory with 1196 points, while Florida State placed second with 1031 points.

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

Team Standings Complete

1. University of Florida: 1196.5

2. Florida State University: 1031

3. Virginia Tech: 874.5

4. Georgia Tech: 606

5. University of Miami: 564.5

6. Florida Gulf Coast University: 508

7. Clemson University: 338.5

8. Florida Atlantic University: 331

9. Auburn University: 194

10. University of Alabama: 46