ATLANTA – Led by season-best times from several swimmers, the FGCU swimming & diving team currently sits in ninth place with 72 points after the first day at the Georgia Tech Invite on Friday night.
Texas A&M leads with 487.5 points, while Florida State and Florida sit in second and third, respectively in the 13-team field.
“We had some great swims today and some fast relays,” said head coach Neal Studd. “It is a very deep meet, but we are hanging tough.”
The 200-yard freestyle relay team opened the meet with a seventh-place finish. Freshmen Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) and Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertsforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic), sophomore Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) and junior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) swam a season-best time of 1:35.38. The time currently ranks first in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association’s (CCSA) top sixteen times list.
Daniel and Porter also posted their fastest times of the season in the 500 free as Daniel took almost three seconds off her previous time, clocking in at 4:56.83. Porter posted her season-best time of 4:57.07, which is a whole seven seconds off her previous time of 5:04.04.
Another relay member, Tanninen posted a season-best time in her individual event, touching the wall at 23.77. Sophomore Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) (24.63), Beaubrun (24.65) and senior Isabela Mills Pinto (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/Universidade Amembi Morumbi) (24.87) also had season-best times, which top their previous times in the top CCSA times.
The 400-medley relay closed out day one with senior Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah), junior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./St. Bonaventure), Beaubrun and Daniel swam a team-best 3:49.30. The time is the 11 seconds faster than any other time FGCU’s team has has put together this season and just under 10 seconds faster than the current tope CCSA time (3:59.06).
In the 3-meter competition for diving, senior Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) scored a 215.25, while classmate Gaby Shaw (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) recorded a 198.75. Freshman Alex Valder (Tampa, Fla./Sickles) also represented FGCU with a score of 190.95
Day two of the Georgia Tech Invite continues tomorrow with preliminaries at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center.