FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swimming and diving team opened its first home meet of the season with a splash, taking down in-state rival FIU, 176-112, on Friday evening at the FGCU Aquatics Center.
Freshmen Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic), McKenzie Cassidy (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Bishop Verot) and Emily Escorcia (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) swept the 1000-yard freestyle with season-best times. Porter clocked in at 10:23.00, which tops the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) top sixteen times list this season. Cassidy touched in at 10:35.24, while Escorcia followed at 10:48.11, taking an entire second off her previous fastest time.
Porter (53.66) also earned a second-place finish in the 100 free behind reigning CCSA Swimmer of the Week junior Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College). Cadge swam a season-best time of 51.50 which is the top CCSA time this season. Freshman Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) (53.85) took third in the 100 free just behind Porter.
Cadge took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.12, which is a team-best individual time this season. Freshman Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) picked up second in the 100 breast with at time of 1:07.53. Cadge would have also placed first in 100 fly, but FGCU decided to exhibition its last four events.
Junior Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) (59.33), senior Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah) (59.80) and freshman Cheryl Corvo (Shalimar, Fla./Choctawatchee) (1:00.41) swept the 100 back to pick up 16 total points for the Eagles. Hyddmark also placed first in the 200 back with a season-best time of 2:06.42.
Joining Hyddmark in the 200 back, junior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) placed second, clocking in at 2:10.19. Daniel also had a first-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.93. Finishing in second place in the same event, freshman Katie Westbrook (Tampa, Fla./Sickles) posted a season-fastest time of 1:56.24.
The Eagles dominated the first event of the meet with a sweep of the 200-yard medley relay, but FIU was able to edge out the team of Westbrook, Porter, senior Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto) and sophomore Kristen Potter (Rockledge, Fla/Rockledge) by hundredths of a second in the 400 free relay, the final event of the night.
In diving action, seniors Gaby Shaw (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) (247.12) and Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) (240.82) placed second and third, respectively, in the one-meter board, while picking up the same spots in the three-meter. Shaw posted a season-high score of 273.22, while McNamara also posted a season-best score of 262.05.
After a short break, FGCU will be back in the pool at the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta, Ga., in a meet that will include some the nation’s top competition. Joining the host Yellow Jackets will be Michigan State, Florida and Clemson. The invite begins on Friday, November 19 and concludes on November 21.