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Swimming & Diving in Eighth at Georgia Tech Invite
Beaubrun swims an NCAA cut time in the 100 breast
ATLANTA – The FGCU swimming & diving team continues to set season-best times as the Eagles are in eighth place with 183 points after the second day of competition at the Georgia Tech Invite on Friday night.
Texas A&M leads with 1143.5 points, while Florida State and Florida sit in second and third, respectively in the 13-team field. FGCU is ahead of Big Ten foe Michigan State, FAU, Air Force, Gardner-Webb and SEC foe Auburn.
“We had a great day of racing. Dani (Beaubrun) set a school record in the 100 breast and it was also an NCAA ‘B’ cut,” said head coach Neal Studd. “Our 200 medley relay was great and we beat out Clemson, N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Michigan State amongst others. We hope to move up in the standings tomorrow to cap off a great weekend.”
The 200-yard medley relay opened up day two of the invite with a fifth-place finish from the team of senior Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah), junior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./St. Bonaventure), sophomore Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) and freshman Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson). The relay clocked in at 1:44.12 in finals just sixth hundredths of a second behind their preliminary time, which will top the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) times.
Beaubrun posted the top individual finish for FGCU with a fifth-place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.20. Her time of 1:02.77 in the preliminaries is an NCAA ‘B’ cut time and tops the CCSA by almost two seconds.
Junior Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) also swam the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.99, shaving a full two seconds off her previous season-fastest time set at FAU (Oct. 9). In the same event, sophomore Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico/The Bolles School) swam a season-best time of 1:06.37 in the preliminaries and finished with a final time of 1:07.05.
Plante just missed the finals in the 400 IM with her time of 4:30.94. Her time is second in the conference, behind teammate Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College).
After her relay performance, Butler finished with a time of 56.76 in the 100 fly, but did swim a season-best time of 56.58 in the preliminaries and surpassed classmate Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) on the top times list. Cianci clocked in at 56.69, which is her season-best as well.
Daniel also had an individual performance in the 200 free, touching the wall at 1:51.24, which tops her previous time by a full second. Freshman Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertsforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) also posted a season-best time of 1:52.48.
The 800 freestyle relay team did not earn points for FGCU, but they swam a conference-best time of 7:38.22. Freshmen Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) and Tanninen, sophomore Kristen Potter (Rockledge, Fla/Rockledge) and senior Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto) shaved a full second off the previous fastest time for FGCU, which is 7:39.75 set at the All-Florida Invite (Oct. 3).
In the 1-meter competition for diving, senior Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) paced FGCU divers with a score of 219.00, while classmate Gaby Shaw (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) recorded a 194.90. Freshman Alex Valder (Tampa, Fla./Sickles) also represented FGCU with a score of 179.30.
The final day of the Georgia Tech Invite continues on Sunday with preliminaries at 9 a.m. followed by finals at 3 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center.