FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team were defeated by Miami in the inaugural meet Saturday at the FGCU/Lee County Aquatics Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Eagles 156-84.
“It was a good start, we wanted to start out against one the top teams in the country,” said Head Coach Neal Studd. “Miami who finished 19th overall last season is one of those teams. With such a young team we did great, and freshman Viktoria won an event, the first time in FGCU history.”
The first-ever event in FGCU history was the 200 yard medley relay, where the Eagles placed second. Freshman Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden) started it off for the Eagles followed by freshman Catrina Silveira (Doral, Fla.), freshman Kristen Pomerleau (Calgary, Canada), and freshman Rachael Rein (Oviedo, Fla.), combined they finished second with a time of 1:49.31, just two seconds behind the Hurricanes.
Hyddmark won her first collegiate event in the 200-yard backstroke. This marked the first ever first place finish for the Eagles in their inaugural season. Hyddmark finished two seconds ahead of Hurricanes swimmer Britta Boesing
Junior Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned a second place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:34.62, and freshman Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla.) third place finish in the 1000 yard free was a lifetime best, 10:39.71.
Rein finished with a pair of second-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (24.52), and the 100-yard freestyle (52.45).
On the diving boards for the Eagles, freshman Sarah McCollough (Lakeland, Fla.) led the Eagles with a second place finish in the 1-meter board. McCollough finished with 199.72 points. Freshman Karmin McNarama (Tampa, Fla.) also finished second in the 3-meter board, with a score of 201.22.
“All-in-all, I was very pleased with the performances today,” Studd continued. “We had some exceptional swims from some very young swimmers. We gave our best, and never quit. Everyone gave their best, and that’s what I like to see. I’m very excited about what is to come; we can only build from today and get better.”
The Eagles will now look forward to their next meet on Saturday October 27th, as they host Georgia Tech, FAU, and Tampa. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:00am at the FGCU/Lee County Aquatics Center.