FGCU Qualifies for NCAA Final Meet in First Attempt
Thursday, March 01, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)

Freshman Emma Svensson has been selected to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swimming and diving team just completed its fourth-straight Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championship and for the first time in program history the Eagles will be represented at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships by freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) at the Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. on Mar. 15-17.

The Eagles are eligible for the first time this season, as Svensson will become the first FGCU swimmer to compete at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in program history.

“This is a major milestone for the program, to qualify for the world’s fastest swim meet at the very first opportunity is just outstanding,” said head coach Neal Studd. “Emma has been an incredible athlete to coach, she works hard, is diligent in everything she does, stays late to work on extra things after practice and is hugely talented.”

Svensson will compete in the 50 freestyle after shedding eight tenths of a second off her season-best time last weekend at the Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. to qualify at 22.46. The Uppsala, Sweden, native broke the Swedish national record in the 50 free with the time of 22.46 and is tied for the 29th fastest entered in the competition.

“To be a freshman qualifier in the shortest, most powerful event in swimming is awesome,” added Studd. “I think she can go on to be a contender in the coming years, the coaches are so proud of her and I know the team is too. She is beloved by everyone, due to her good attitude and work ethic.”

Svensson had a memorable freshman campaign for the Eagles, earning the CCSA’s Most Outstanding Female Freshman Performer of the Meet, placing first in the 100 back (54.20) and second place in both the 50-yard free (22.87) and the 100-yard free (49.33). She also led the conference with four Swimmer of the Week awards.

The Green and Blue finished the regular season with an 11-2 dual meet record (4-0 CCSA) and finished their fourth-straight CCSA Championship by their biggest margin ever with 840 points, 300 points better than second place Liberty.

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