FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU Swimming & Diving team traveled to Coral Gables, FL on Saturday to challenge ACC athletic powerhouses the University of Miami and Florida State University in a double dual meet. The meet was delayed due to inclement weather; however, once the thunder and lightning passed the competition resumed, although heavy downpours ensued.
The Eagles started the meet with a victory over the Hurricanes in the 400 medley relay. Viktoria Hyddmark, Catrina Silveira, Margie Chamberlin and Rachael Rein turned in a time of 3:55.20. The three sophomores and one junior (Chamberlin) edged Miami by more than 4 seconds.
In the 1000y freestyle sophomore Taylor Cooke, freshmen Rosy Murray & senior captain Courtney Gallo took 2nd, 3rd & 4th in head-to-head competition against the Canes.
Chamberlin led the entire field in a first place 200y butterfly finish with a 2:03.85. Her closest competitor was an FSU sophomore almost 1.5 seconds behind. Alex Cianci, Eagle freshmen from Plantation, FL, assisted her teammate in the 1-2 win over Miami.
Hyddmark & Rein finished 1st and 3rd respectively against Miami in the 200y backstroke. Both Eagles had strong performances exhibiting the team’s depth in the backstroke events.
Vicky Cadge and Silveira pulled off 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 200 breaststroke, the last individual event of the day.
Despite the conditions, Coach Studd was satisfied with the team’s performance. “The conditions were bad, but I was impressed how our girls remained professional and focused on what they were doing. Even though our main focus is the conference championships in February, I was very happy to see this team swimming so fast today.” He went on to add “It was particularly nice to hear the comments from FSU head coach Neil Harper who was saying how impressed he was with our young program.”
Even through atypical swimming & diving conditions, the Eagles inched ever closer to their in-state rival, the University of Miami. The final score which included two Miami 1-2-3 sweeps on the diving boards of 140-103 was a strong improvement for FGCU as Miami earned the win.
Miami lost to FSU with a score of 143-99.