FORT MYERS, Fla. – The back-to-back Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Champion FGCU women’s swimming & diving team officially opens its 2010-11 campaign at the All-Florida Invitational hosted by the University of Florida, beginning on Friday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Hosted by the 2010 National Champion Florida Gators, the meet showcases the state's best collegiate talent and will provide an early barometer of where the teams match up. Florida State, Florida A&M, FAU and Miami highlight the seven-team field of in-state schools.
Reigning CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd welcomes back 22 student-athletes from last year’s squad, including 10 All-Conference swimmers.
Leading the team are seniors Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither HS) and Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah) who both earned All-Conference honors last season. McNamara won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions and was named the CCSA’s Most Outstanding Diver. Hyddmark picked up silver medals in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and was named the CCSA Swimmer of the Week during the season.
Juniors Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) and Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) both picked up first-place finishes in their respective events at the league championship as well as two other medals. Plante is a two-event league winner who set the 200 IM school record, won the 400 IM and also finished third in the 200 breaststroke at last year’s championship. Daniel earned gold in the 1650 free, silver in the 500 free, and bronze in the 200 free.
Junior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./St. Bonaventure) most recently competed in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and is the defending CCSA Champion in the 200 fly. Classmate Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) had three runner-up finishes in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke.
The Eagles defeated second-place Davidson at the CCSA Championship by 194.5 points and captured 25 medals. Of those medals were seven first-place finishes, nine second-place, and nine third place. Five medals came in the relays, five came in the diving competition, and 15 came in the individual swimming events.
The Blue and Green’s first home event is October 29 when they host in-state rival FIU at the FGCU/Lee County Aquatics Center at 6 p.m.