OXFORD, Ohio – The FGCU swimming & diving team slipped to second place after the second day of competition at the Miami Invitational. The host Miami RedHawks took over first place with 1218 points, with the Eagles in second with 748. The Eagles came into the day holding a slim lead over the RedHawks, but Miami had a strong showing Friday, moving past FGCU into the lead.
The Eagles got off to a rough start, with the A team finishing eighth and the B team 13th in the first event, the 200 free relay. By comparison, Miami finished second and sixth, earning 112 points for the RedHawks in the event, compared to 80 for FGCU. The 32-point swing was enough for Miami to vault over the Eagles into first place, and they wouldn’t look back.
Margie Chamberlin (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) provided a strong showing for the Eagles in the 200 fly, earning a third-place finish in the A final with a time of 2:03.41. Unfortunately for FGCU, the RedHawks placed five swimmers in the A final, earning 135 points in that race alone.
The 200 free also was a good event for FGCU, with Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec) taking third in the A final in 1:51.44, just ahead of Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba), who finished in 1:51.54. Margrete Ulvestad (Molde, Norway) also picked up a second-place finish in the B final of the 200 free in a time of 1:53.16.
Plante came right back to earn another third-place finish in the A final of the very next event, the 100 breast, touching in a time of 1:03.46. Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) won the B final in 1:04.88 with Catrina Silveira (Doral, Fla.) finishing third in 1:05.99.
Brittany Monaghan (Parkland, Fla.) was able to win the B final in the 100 back with a time of 57.24, but with Miami placing first, sixth, and seventh in the A final, the RedHawks again added to their lead.
Plante’s night wasn’t over with just two third-place finishes, as she won the 400 IM A final by nearly two seconds, finishing in 4:21.07. Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, U.K.) also took fifth in the event, touching in a time of 4:27.82.
Line Lauridsen (Esbjerg, Denmark) qualified for the 50 free A final, but placed ninth, despite finishing only 0.8 seconds behind the first-place finisher. Miami again picked up some points on the Eagles, placing three swimmers in the top seven.
In the first diving event of the meet, the 3-meter competition, Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla.) took home a sixth-place finish with a total score of 260.35.
The final event was the 400 medley relay, where the Eagles swam better than in the day’s first relay. FGCU’s A team took fifth and the B team placed seventh, but Miami’s A team won the event, capping off the night in fitting fashion for the RedHawks.
FGCU sits in second place with 748 points, trailing Miami’s 1218. Emory is currently in third (741 points), followed by Illinois (578), and Denison (531).
The Miami Invitational concludes tomorrow, with preliminaries in the morning, beginning at 9 a.m. The finals will take place during the evening session, which begins at 6 p.m. Live results will be available throughout the day at www.MURedHawks.com, and a live video stream will be available for the evening session only at http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=mioh&media=157088. The cost for the video stream is $6.95.