Eagles Swimming Away with CCSA Championship
Friday, February 20, 2009
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ATHENS, Ga. – At the end of day two, the Florida Gulf Coast women continue to lead in the championship with a score of 568 and Davidson is in second with 414 points. Georgia Southern is locked in third with 320 points at the conclusion of day two at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Day one finals of the CCSA Championship started off with the the Florida Gulf Coast team of Viktoria Hyddmark, Vicky Cadge, Margie Chamberlin and Isabela Mills Pinto earned the win in the 200 medley relay, finishing the race in a time of 1:44.06, which is a new League best. Gardner-Webb’s relay team (Sarah Steadman, Stepheni Stadnik, Rachel Warkentin and Corey Hughey) finished second with a time of 1:44.34, notching second in the League and Georgia Southern (Lindsay Goodman, Ashley White, Kristen Haudenschild and Courtney Martz) swam in for third at 1:45.00, rounding out the top three in the Conference.

In the 400-yard IM, Florida Gulf Coast captured the gold with Rosy Murray finishing first (4:18.73), her second award of the week and earning the top spot in the Conference. Georgia Southern’s Lauren Parr came in second (4:25.75) and touching the wall third was Davidson’s Anna Stringfield, who clocked in at 4:25.88.

Davidson’s Emily Castle swam a Conference best time in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.62 to earn the win and her second medal thus far. Finishing second was Florida Gulf Coast’s Margie Chamberlin, who clocked in at 55.23 and coming in third was Davidson’s Courtney Sanders, who touched the wall at 55.60.

North Florida’s Lyn Ann Nelson, who earned a Division I NCAA-B cut time and set the Conference record, grabbed gold in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.52. This is her second medal this week. Florida Gulf Coast’s Leah Daniel earned her second medal in the meet, touching the wall in 1:48.73 for the silver and second-place CCSA time, and Davidson’s Lindsey Martin rounded out the top three (1:50.15) for her second medal this week.

In the women’s 100-yard breaststroke each of the top finishers rounded out top the top three in the Conference, with Florida Gulf Coast’s Vicky Cadge (1:03.60) earning the gold for the second time this week and teammate Catrina Silveira taking the silver. Finishing third in a time of 1:05.02 was Gardner-Webb’s Stepheni Stadnik.

Gardner-Webb’s Corey Hughey finished in first-place in the 100-yard backstroke for her second medal of the week, setting a CCSA top time of 50.40, and capturing an NCAA Division I B cut time while Florida Gulf Coast’s Viktoria Hyddmark earned second (55.79) and Gardner-Webb’s Sarah Steadman grabbed third (57.04). Hyddmark and Steadman round out the CCSA top times with their finishes.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Florida Gulf Coast (Rosy Murray, Rachael Rein, Margrete Ulvestad and Leah Daneil) earned the first-place finish with a time of 7:21.26 for first-place in the League. Davidson (Courtney Sanders, Caitlin Sheetz, Casey VanTassell and Anna Stringfield) came in second, clocking in at 7:31.64 and Georgia Southern (Caroline Bevillard, Lauren Parr, Jordyn Pasley and Ali Campbell) completed the race third with a time of 7:36.51.

The CCSA Championships will resume tomorrow morning at 10:00am.