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@FGCU_WSwim Set to Host UNF in Regular Season Finale
Friday, February 01, 2013 | by Matt Judd
Dennis Snyder Photo
Dennis Snyder Photo

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team gets set host Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) conference opponent North Florida in the regular season finale, on Saturday February 2at 10 a.m.

The Eagles are 8-2 this season with conference victories coming against Liberty, Georgia Southern and Radford. Since 2007, FGCU is a perfect 7-0 all-time against UNF.

Since joining the CCSA in 2007, the Eagles are 23-1 in conference action with its only loss coming at the hands of Georgia Southern back on Jan. 19, 2008.

The Green and Blue recently defeated FAU, 146-92 in a dual meet at the FGCU Aquatics Center, January 23.

FGCU is ranked No. 10 in the second edition of the CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Swimming Poll and is the only team in the CCSA ranked in the Top 25. The Eagles were ranked No. 8 in the first edition of the poll.  The Green and Blue were also ranked No. 44 in the top 100 fall performances, conducted by CollegeSwimming.com in late December.

UNF comes into the FGCU Aquatics Center with a dual meet record of 7-2 with wins over North Carolina A&T, Daytona State, UNC Wilmington, South Georgia College, Radford, South Georgia College and Georgia Southern. In conference, the Ospreys are 2-0 while the Green and Blue are a perfect 3-0.

The Green and Blue has earned six CCSA Swimmer of the Week and four Diver of the Week honors in just 14 weeks and have won the most out of any school in the conference. Senior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) has garnered Diver of the Week three times this season while sophomore Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola) received the award in the first week of voting. Sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) has garnered Swimmer of the Week, in each of the last three weeks while freshmen Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay), Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) and senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) have all received the award this year.

The Eagles used 11 first-place finishes to cruise past FAU, 146-92, at the FGCU Aquatics Center Wednesday night. Svensson and Lehtonen led the charge with two individual victories apiece. Svensson took first in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events with times of 23.33 and 51.28, respectively. Svensson also set a new pool record for the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 25.69 in her leg of the 200-medley relay. In the 200-yard freestyle, Lehtonen and Morgan placed first and second with times of 1:53.98 and 1:54.69, respectively. Lehtonen also won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.48. Morgan added her own first-place finish by winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.80. In diving, senior Butler collected a first-place finish on the three-meter board with a score of 262.35. On the one-meter, Butler finished third with a score of 229.80.

Results and recap will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com at the conclusion on the event. Fans can also get updates from the team through twitter @FGCU_WSwim.