Eagles Off to Strong Start at CCSA's
Thursday, February 18, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – After day one of the 2010 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., the FGCU swimming & diving team is in the lead with 232 points, Davidson is in second with 218 points and Gardner-Webb is third at 160.5.

Davidson’s women’s 200 freestyle relay team of Emily Castle, Jean DeOrnellas, Casey Van Tassell and Lindsey Martin took the first final of the night with a new CCSA record winning with a time 1:33.37. Gardner-Webb (Elizabeth Carter, Sarah Steadman, Kristen Sellers and Corey Hughey) finished in a close second touching in 1:34.16, just inching defending event champion Florida Gulf Coast (Line Lauridsen, Kori Golden, Leah Daniel and Vicky Cadge), who grabbed third with a time of 1:34.35.

In the women’s 500 freestyle, North Florida’s Lyn Ann Nelson took top honors with a NCAA B-cut time of 4:50.67. Finishing in a close second was defending event champion Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba) with a time 4:51.94, followed by Davidson’s Jessica Delgehausen in third (4:56.99).

Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec) captured the women’s 200 individual medley title with a new CCSA record of 2:02.63. Teammate Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom) took second-place with a time of 2:03.86, while Rachel Warkentin of Gardner-Webb rounded out the top-three touching in 2:04.89.

After breaking her CCSA record in the women’s 50 free in the morning prelims, Davidson’s Lindsey Martin bested her time once again taking her third-straight event title with a NCAA B-cut time of 22.57. Corey Hughey of Gardner-Webb finished in second with a time of 22.96, while Georgia Southern’s Courtney Martz took third-place with a time of 23.02.

In the diving finals, Florida Gulf Coast swept the top-three spots in the women’s 1-meter diving with Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla.) capturing the title for the second year with a score of 232.80. Teammates Gaby Shaw (Boynton Beach, Fla.) took second with 228.66 points, while Kamryn McNamara (Tampa, Fla.) finished third with a score of 221.28.

Closing out day one, the Gardner-Webb 400 medley relay team of Corey Hughey, Kim Zachensky, Rachel Warkentin and Elizabeth Carter captured first-place in a CCSA record time of 3:42.32. Coming in second was Davidson (Kelsi Hobbs, Caroline Curtiss, Emily Castle and Lindsey Martin), clocking in at 3:47.28 and closing out the event in third was Florida Gulf Coast (Viktoria Hyddmark, Dani Beaubrun, Danielle Butler and Line Lauridsen) finishing in 3:47.67.

The 2010 CCSA Championships resume Friday beginning with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m. The events being contested on Day 2 include 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and 800 freestyle relay.