OXFORD, Ohio – The Eagles placed two swimmers in the top ten in the 1650 free and FGCU won the 800 free relay on day one of the 16th Annual Miami Invitational at the Nixon Aquatic Center in Oxford, Ohio. FGCU holds a slim 134-128 lead over the hosts, Miami University, with Wright State in third with 120 points.
The first event of the meet was the 800 free relay, won by the Eagles team of Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, U.K.), Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec), Line Lauridsen (Esbjerg, Denmark), and Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba), in a time of 7:27.96. FGCU won the event by nearly five seconds over second-place Denison University.
The second and final event of day one was the 1650 free. Daniel had another good swim for FGCU, finishing third in 17:06.31. Freshman Kristen Potter (Rockledge, Fla.) also performed well, swimming a lifetime-best 17:18.45, earning her a 10th-place finish. Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla.) placed 19th in 17:45.94 and Erin Black (Fort Myers, Fla.) finished 26th with a time of 18:13.47.
The Eagles lead the eight team field with 134 points after day one. The host RedHawks are a close second with 128 points, followed by Wright State (120 points), Denison (108), and Emory (95).
The second day of competition gets underway tomorrow at 9 a.m. with preliminaries taking place in the morning session. The finals will be held during the evening session, which begins at 6 p.m. Live results will be available throughout both sessions at www.MURedHawks.com.