Svensson Prepared to Compete in NCAA Championships
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the first time in the five-year program history of FGCU women’s Swimming and Diving, freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) will represent the Green and Blue at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships held Thursday through Saturday, Mar. 15-17, at the Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University.

The Eagles are eligible for the NCAA meet for the first time this season after sitting out the four-year Division I transition period. Since the start of the program in 2007 FGCU has gone to claim four consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships.

“It’s great to be at the NCAAs in our first opportunity and is great that Emma qualified as a freshman,” said three-time CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “We are always looking to improve and move forward so I hope this year leads to great things in the future for Emma and others to join her from our team. In the meantime, we came to compete this year and mix it up so you never know.”

Svensson will compete in the 50 freestyle after shedding eight tenths of a second off her season-best time at the Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. to qualify at 22.46. The Uppsala, Sweden, native will also be able to race in the 100 free (49.49) and the 100 back (53.88) after earning “B” cut times at the 2011 Georgia Tech Fall Invitational.

Svensson will begin the competition on Thursday at noon, swimming in the 50 free preliminary heat. She enters the 50 free with the 29th fastest time among those competing at nationals. On Friday, Svensson will swim the 100 back prelims and on Saturday will compete in the 100 free prelims.

Fans can follow the meet through live results and live video streaming. Links to both are available on the swimming schedule page on FGCUAthletics.com. Live video feeds of each session will be shown on Ncaa.com, while the evening sessions on Friday and Saturday are also on ESPN3.com.

After the preliminaries, the top 16 times will qualify for evening finals, with the top eight swimming in the A Final. Those who complete their swims in the A Final are named All-America first team, while B finalists are honorable mention All-Americans.

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 CCSA 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 with their largest margin of victory ever, 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.