OXFORD, Ohio – The FGCU swimming & diving team wrapped up the Miami Invitational with a strong final day, using a pair of A final wins to solidly claim a second place finish overall. The Eagles held off a field that featured schools from major Division I conferences (Illinois and Cincinnati) as well as some of the nation's top Division III schools (Emory and Denison).
FGCU came into the final day holding on to a slim seven-point lead over Emory, meaning that every swim was important. The Eagles started well, picking up fourth (1:45.26) and sixth (1:46.72) in the day’s opening event, the 200 medley relay.
In the first individual event, the 200 back, Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden) grabbed third place (2:02.00) in the A final while Brittany Monaghan (Parkland, Fla.) took eighth (2:04.11). Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec) won the B final in a time of 2:04.19.
Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba) picked up some major points for the Eagles in the 500 free, winning the A final in 4:55.65. Margrete Ulvestad (Molde, Norway) finished seventh in 5:04.71. Kristen Potter (Rockledge, Fla.) had a good swim in the B final, finishing second (5:04.66).
In the 200 fly, Margie Chamberlin (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) took first place in the B final (55.71) with Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y.) finishing seventh (57.76). Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla.) placed third in the C final with a 58.13 swim.
FGCU had a strong showing in the 200 breast, qualifying four swimmers to the B final and one to the A final. Plante made the A final, finishing fifth (2:19.22). The B final saw Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, U.K.) take first (2:21.39), Dani Beabrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) finish second (2:23.29), Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico) place fourth (2:23.99), and Caitlin Pine (Chesapeake, Va.) grab fifth (2:24.76). Catrina Silveira (Doral, Fla.) also won the C final in a time of 2:25.21.
Plante and Cadge dominated the 200 IM, finishing one-two in the A final, with Plante winning by almost four seconds in 2:02.84. Cadge’s time of 2:06.23 was still over a full second quicker than the rest of the field. Daniel took second in the B final (2:08.21), followed closely by Ulvestad in third (2:08.50) and Monaghan in fifth (2:09.35).
In the day’s only diving event, 1-meter diving, Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla.) finish seventh, accumulating a score of 258.25.
The final event of the competition, the 400 free relay, saw FGCU place sixth (3:30.05) and ninth (3:31.27), securing a second-place finish for the Eagles.
FGCU finished second of the eight schools participating, scoring a total of 1438 points in the meet. Miami University, the host school, who competed with 13 more swimmers and four more divers than the Eagles, won the event with 2321 points. Emory University, who came in trailing FGCU by just seven points, finished a distant third with 1355 points. Oakland (1008 points) and Illinois (1004) rounded out the top five, followed by Denison (919), Cincinnati (735), and Wright State (608). The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (213) and Tsinghua University (72) only took part in a handful of events, and are therefore not included in the final official standings.
The Eagles will have a little over a month to rest and prepare for their next meet, which takes place January 12th. FGCU will host Radford in a dual meet that afternoon. The meet is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at the FGCU Aquatics Center.