Womens Swimming and Diving Set for CCSA Championships
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Two Time CCSA Swimmer of the Week
Two Time CCSA Swimmer of the Week

Fort Myers, Fla.- The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s swimming and diving team will participate in the first-ever conference championship for the CCSA, which will be held in Huntersville, N.C. at the Huntersville Aquatic Center over a three-day period Feb.21-23. The Eagle’s team competed well throughout their inaugural season and is among one of the A-Sun favorites


The Eagles have stepped it up, winning six meets since the start of the new year.  The Eagles feature several prominent swimmers that possess the ability to win events and drive the Eagles to top finishes among an extremely tough CCSA. 


Freshman Rachael Rein (Oviedo, Fla.) earned CCSA Swimmer of the Week twice in the month of January. Her most recent CCSA Swimmer of the Week Honor was on Jan.22; Rein led her team to two victories over Conference opponents North Florida and Campbell, earning five first-place finishes. She got started with a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle against North Florida, clocking in at 25.57. In her second event of the meet, the 100-yard backstroke, she tallied another first-place finish touching the wall at 1:00.68, nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Against Campbell, Rein started off the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.48, which also marked a new personal best. She then went on to win the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in at 53.27. She finished out the meet with a win in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:08.47, which was nearly four seconds ahead of all other swimmers. Rein sits atop the CCSA in six events.


Freshman Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden) also earned CCSA Swimmer of the Week Honors after her performance for meets competed Oct. 22-28. Hyddmark earned first place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke against Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida Atlantic and Tampa in FGCU’s first home quad meet. She also posted a first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly against Tampa, and helped the 200-yard medley relay team swim to a first place finish against Florida Atlantic and Tampa. Hyddmark started the meet in the 200-yard medley relay, where she swam first for her team in the 50-yard backstroke and recorded a time of 27.95, which was the fastest time of every first-leg swimmer. In her second event, Hyddmark reached the wall in 58.70 in the 100-yard backstroke, which was good for first-place. In the 200-yard backstroke, she beat out all 13 racers with a time of 2:04.54 for her second individual win of the meet. Hyddmark’s times in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke rank No. 1 in the League. Hyddmark swam the 100-yard butterfly for her last event, and finished in a time of 1:00.46, beating out all Tampa swimmers. Hyddmark’s wins helped her team defeat Tampa with a score of 231-62.


Junior Courtney Gallo (Lake Worth, Fla./Ohio) holds three top times in the 1,000-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, and 500-yard freestyle.

 “It has been a long process, and finally we get a chance to show off all the hard work that everyone has put into this program,” said head coach Neal Studd.”This is a great opportunity especially for a first year team. If we are able to go mistake free, we have a very good chance to finish among the top.”

Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association
The CCSA Swimming Championships will air on Feb. 21-23 on The EDGE http://www.bigsouthsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4800&ATCLID=1157667.  The CCSA Championship meet will consist of six sessions running from Thursday, Feb. 21 – Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Huntersville Aquatic Center.  The first session will begin on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10:00am with the second session beginning at 6:00pm on that same day.  Sessions two and three will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10:00am and 6:00pm, and sessions five and six will take place on Sunday, Feb. 23, also at 10:00am and 6:00pm. Each individual session is priced at $3.95, a full day is $4.95 and the entire Championship meet is $7.95. Results from the Championship will also be posted on www.bigsouthsports.com.

2008 CCSA Championship order of events

Day 1 - Trials (10:00am)                                                                       Day 1 - Finals (6:00pm)

200-yard Freestyle Relay “B”                                                               200-yard Freestyle Relay “A”

10-minute intermission                                                                           10-minute intermission

500-yard Freestyle                                                                                    500-yard Freestyle

200-yard Individual Medley                                                                  200-yard Individual Medley

50-yard Freestyle                                                                                       50-yard Freestyle

20-minute intermission                                                                           One-meter Diving (Women)

400-yard Medley Relay “B”                                                                  Three-meter Diving (Men)

One-meter Diving (1:30pm Women)                                                  400-yard Medley Relay “A”

Three-meter Diving (1:30pm Men)



Day 2 - Trials (10:00am)                                                                       Day 2 - Finals 6:00pm

200-yard Medley Relay “B”                                                                  200-yard Medley Relay “A”

10-minute intermission                                                                           10-minute intermission

400-yard Individual Medley                                                                  400-yard Individual Medley

100-yard Butterfly                                                                                    100-yard Butterfly

200-yard Freestyle                                                                                    200-yard Freestyle

100-yard Breaststroke                                                                              100-yard Breaststroke

100-yard Backstroke                                                                                100-yard Backstroke

20-minute intermission                                                                           One-meter diving (Men)

800-yard Freestyle Relay “B”                                                               800-yard Freestyle Relay “A”

One-meter Diving (1:30pm Men)



Day 3 - Trials (10:00am)                                                                       Day 3 - Finals (6:00pm)

200-yard Backstroke                                                                1650-yard Freestyle - Last heat of time finals

100-yard Freestyle                                                                                    200-yard Backstroke

200-yard Breaststroke                                                                              100-yard Freestyle

200-yard Butterfly                                                                                    200-yard Breaststroke

400-yard Freestyle Relay “B”                                                               200-yard Butterfly

1650-yard Freestyle - All but last heat of time finals                             Three-meter Diving (Women)

Three-meter Diving (1:30pm Women)                                               400-yard Freestyle Relay “A”


-       Women’s and Men’s Races will run alternately starting with the women’s race this year.

-       “B” Relays will take place in the morning and “A” Relays will take place at night.

-        “A” relay times will be composed of the team’s best times during the season or composite times from the four fastest people in the season in that particular individual event.

-       The CCSA will have a consolation final immediately preceding each championship final except the 1,650-yard freestyle and in the diving events.