GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After three days of competition at the All-Florida Invitational, the FGCU women’s swimming & diving team finished in fourth place with 547 points at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida on Sunday evening.
Host school Florida, the reigning national champion, racked up 1,032 points for a first-place finish followed by Florida State (847.5) and Miami (733.5) placed in second and third, respectively.
“We had an awesome three days and learned a lot about the team through some great performances,” said reigning Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “I am so happy about the freshman class stepping up already.”
Senior Gaby Shaw (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) led the diving portion of the meet for the Eagles with a 13th-place finish in the 1-meter dive board, followed by classmate Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) and freshman Alex Valder (Tampa, Fla./Sickles) taking 14th and 15th, respectively. Shaw totaled 208.15 points, while McNamara was close behind with 188.55. In her first collegiate meet, Valder tallied 181.80 points.
Junior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) earned a fourth-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle, while taking part in the fifth-place 400 free relay team. Daniel, along with freshmen Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) and Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, U.K./Royal Masonic) and junior Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, U.K./Kelly College) touched in at 3:34.52.
Cadge, Porter and Tanninen had success in their individual swims as well. Cadge took sixth in the 100 free with a time of 52.36 and eighth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:27.01. Joining Cadge in the 100 free, Porter clocked in at 53.85 for a fourth-place finish and Tanninen took fifth with a time of 54.05 in the “B” final. Porter also swam the 200 fly for a first-place finish in the “B” final, clocking in at 2:08.07.
Junior Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) swam in the 200 breast as well, finishing in third in the “B” final with a time of 2:24.63. Cadge qualified for the “A” final with her preliminary time, but finished just under three seconds behind Plante’s final time.
In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Nikki Hansen (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) (2:08.77) and senior Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah) (2:10.73) finished in third and fourth in the “B” final, respectively.
Junior Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished ahead of classmate Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./St. Bonaventure) to finish fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 fly. Cianci touched the wall at 2:06.50 with Butler not far behind at 2:07.70.
Behind Daniel in the 1650 free, freshmen Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) (17:35.04) and Emily Escorcia (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) (17:57.08) took seventh and 12th, respectively. Senior Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto) finished at 18:05.71 for 14th.
FAU finished behind the Eagles with 378 points followed by Florida Southern (154) in sixth and Nova Southeastern (121) in seventh.
The Blue and Green are back in the pool on Saturday, October 9 as they head to Boca Raton to face FAU in their first dual meet of the season. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. at the FAU Aquatic Center.