STATESBORO, Ga. – The FGCU swimming & diving team dominated the field Friday night in the first day of the Georgia Southern Eagle Quad Meet. The Eagles currently lead Georgia Southern, Gardner-Webb, and North Florida after winning five events and claiming five second-place finishes.
The Blue and Green lead all three dual meets by at least 45 points. FGCU holds a 140-46 lead over UNF, a 138-48 advantage over Georgia Southern, and a 115-68 edge over Gardner-Webb. All three opponents are CCSA members for the defending conference champion Eagles, who currently own a 3-0 record in CCSA meets, and are 8-3 overall.
Day one of the two-day event consisted of nine swimming events and one diving event. Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla.) got the Eagles off to a good start, winning the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 245.00. Gaby Shaw (Boynton Beach, Fla.) took third place followed by Kamryn McNamara (Tampa, Fla.).
In the first swimming event of the day, FGCU’s relay “A” team of Line Lauridsen (Esbjerg, Denmark), Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom), Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec), and Isabela Mills (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the 200 free relay by just 0.29 seconds over Georgia Southern’s “A” team.
Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba) continued the winning streak when she won the 1650 free in a time of 17:16.91. UNF’s Lyn Ann Nelson would end the streak, winning the 200 free, but the Eagles were able to claim second, third, and fourth in the event. Plante finished just ahead of Kori Golden (Glen Burnie, Md.) and Margrete Ulvestad (Molde, Norway).
Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden) picked up a third-place finish in the 100 back (59.43), and would later swim the opening leg of second-place finishing 400 medley relay team (3:55.13).
In the 100 breast, Cadge took second place (1:05.11), with Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico) taking fourth (1:07.26) and Caitlin Pine (Chesapeake, Va.) finishing fifth (1:07.40).
Event seven, the 200 fly, saw Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y.) place second (2:07.28) followed closely by Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla.) in third (2:08.00).
Lauridsen got the Eagles back into the win column with a 24.32 in the 50 free. Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla.) took fourth (24.87) and Golden touched in fifth (25.01).
Plante won the last individual event of the day, the 200 IM, finishing in 2:06.90, nearly three seconds ahead of the field. Daniel placed second with a time of 2:09.81.
FGCU wrapped up day one with a second- and third-place finish in the 400 medley relay. The “A” team touched in with a 3:55.13 while the “B” team finished in 4:00.77.
Day two will commence tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with 3-meter diving followed by eight swimming events.