ATLANTA – The Florida Gulf Coast University swimming & diving team opened up the 2009-10 season with a split-decision, leaving the Georgia Tech Fall Quad Meet with two wins and two losses. FGCU handily defeated FAU (211-89) and Georgia Southern (229-65), but narrowly fell to Georgia Tech (167-133) and lost to the University of Alabama (209.50-90.50).
In the day’s opening event, the 200 yard medley relay, FGCU got off to a good start, as the Eagles’ team of Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden), Dani Beabrun (Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia), Margie Chamberlin (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.), and Line Lauridsen (Esbjerg, Denmark) placed third with a time of 1:47.52. Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) built upon that start by placing second in the next event, the 1000 yard freestyle, with a time of 10:17.43. just one-tenth of a second behind Alabama’s Jenna Gallo. Daniel wasn’t done though, earning a third-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle (1:52.96) and winning the 500 yard freestyle (5:01.90), one of two individual wins for the Eagles. The other came in the 50 yard freestyle, where Line Lauridsen won in a time of 23.85, over a half-second faster than the rest of the field.
Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom) took home a third-place finish with a 1:06.65 in the 100 yard breaststroke competition. Margie Chamberlin also earned a pair of second-place finishes, finishing with a 2:03.80 in the 200 yard butterfly, and then tying for second place with a 57.20 in the 100 yard butterfly. Also earning a top-three finish for the Eagles was Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada) in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:07.46.
Head coach Neal Studd was pleased with the two victories, saying, “I’m happy to open up the season with a convincing victory over conference rival Georgia Southern and in-state rival FAU, and I think we gave Georgia Tech a real scare. The girls swam great today, especially for the first meet of the season, and I’m looking forward to building upon this as we move forward this year.”
The Eagles will be back in the pool in two weeks as they play host to a pair of ACC schools, Miami and Florida State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 AM on Saturday, October 17th, at the FGCU Aquatics Center.