FORT MYERS, Fla. – The back-to-back Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Champion FGCU women’s swimming & diving team heads to the three-day Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (GTAC), beginning Friday at 10 a.m.
The GTAC hosted all swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competition during the 1996 summer Olympic Games now opens its lanes to teams from the SEC, Big 12 and ACC this week. The women will face off against the 2010 national champion Florida Gators as well as Miami, Clemson, Florida State, Texas A&M, N.C. State, Air Force and conference rival Gardner-Webb. The Eagles will also see a familiar team in FAU that they defeated earlier this season.
Live times from the invite are available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com and will be available after the event concludes.
“We are looking to swim fast this weekend. We want to continue learning about our newer athletes and swim against some big time SEC, ACC and Big Ten opponents,” said reigning CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “We have a couple of injuries, but the girls that are traveling look sharp and ready to do some good things. As always we will give it our best and have some fun.”
Junior Leah Daniel (Manitoba, Winnipeg/Grant Park) earned a second seed - FGCU’s highest seed - in the 500-yard freestyle. She owns the top conference times in the 500 free (4:59.48), 200 freestyle (1:52.62) and 1650 free (17:16.01). Her 500 free was set at the Florida Invite in the opening meet of the season.
Studd expects big performances from freshmen Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) and Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista). In the first few meets of their collegiate careers, Porter set the top time in the conference in the 1000 free against FIU with a time of 10:23.00, while Meeder sits behind Daniel in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.59. Junior Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) looks to improve on her times in the 100 back (59.33) and 200 IM (2:07.20), both set against FIU on October 29.
The Eagles will be without three-time swimmer of the week junior Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) as she is recovering from injury. Cadge owns the top times in the CCSA in the 100 free (51.50), 100 breast (1:04.12) and 100 back (56.72), as well as the 200 (56.17) and 400 IM (4:29.03).
The Blue and Green closes out 2010 with a home meet against North Texas on December 18 at 11 a.m. at the FGCU Aquatics Center.