Eagles extend conference winning streak
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team recorded a pair of victories over Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) rival North Florida on Saturday at the FGCU Aquatics Center.
The Eagles won the first meet of the afternoon 95.5-45.5 and claimed the second meet 97-51. FGCU won all but one of the 17 events of the day, taking the top three spots in a five of the events.
FGCU, the back-to-back reigning CCSA Champion, is currently on a 13-meet conference winning streak. The Eagles’ last loss against a conference opponent was on Jan.19, 2008 at Georgia Southern by one point.
Freshman McKenzie Cassidy (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Bishop Verot) and sophomore Mandy Melymuka (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul Catholic) finished one-two in the 1000 free with times of 10:38.85 and 10:50.13, respectively.
FGCU followed that event with a sweep in the 200 free. Freshman Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) finished second between juniors Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) and Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park). Cadge placed first with a time of 1:52.89, while Meeder and Daniel posted times of 1:56.50, and 1:57.76, respectively.
The Eagles swept the next event, the 100 back, with senior Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah) placing first with a time of 1:00.95. Stepping out of her normal event, butterfly, junior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./St. Bonaventure) (1:01.26) took second and freshman Cheryl Corvo (Shalimar, Fla./Choctawatchee) (1:02.34) finished third.
Hyddmark and Corvo took the same spots in the 200 back and freshman Nicolette Hansen (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) placed second. Hyddmark finished with a time of 2:07.14, while Hansen and Corvo clocked in at 2:08.55 and 2:12.93, respectively.
Senior Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) led the Eagles with a first-place finish in the 100 breast (1:07.38), followed by sophomore Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico/The Bolles School) in a tie for second place with UNF’s Sara Evans with a time of 1:08.27. Rodriguez also took third in the 200 breast with a time of 2:27.95. In the same event, sophomore Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) placed first, touching the wall at 2:23.10.
Swimming the event for the first time this season, Cadge took first in the 500 free with a 5:01.68, the third-best time in the CCSA. Senior Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto) (5:13.14) finished in second, while junior Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) (5:19.66) also swam an unfamiliar event, but finished in third.
Closing out meet one, senior Gaby Shaw (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) took first in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 245.25, just shy of her season-best score. Classmate Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) took second with a score of 235.05. On the flipside, in the 3-meter competition, McNamara finished first with a score of 275.17 and Shaw took third with a 223.95.
After a short break, the Eagles were back in action and swept the 100 free. Freshman Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic), Plante and Brittney Evans (Hollywood, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) took the first three spots, respectively. Porter clocked in at 54.22, while Plante and Evans followed with times of 54.81 and 54.84, respectively.
In the 100 butterfly, Butler and Corvo finished one-two with times of 58.08 and 1:01.17, respectively. Swimming in the 400 IM for the first time this season, Meeder (4:42.04) and Cassidy (4:46.38) finished in second and third, respectively.
FGCU opened the meet with a sweep of the 200 yard medley relay. The team of Hyddmark, Beaubrun, Cadge and Daniel clocked in at 1:49.65 for a first-place finish. The freshmen quartet of Corvo, Evans, Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) and Porter took second with a time of 1:52.29. Finishing just behind in third was the team of Butler, Rodriguez and Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla/Stanton College Prep) and senior Isabela Mills Pinto (Petropolis, Brazil/Universidade Amembi Morumbi) with a time of 1:52.62.
In the 200 free relay, FGCU swam exhibition to close out the meet, but the times would have been good enough for first and second. The team of Blizzard, Daniel, Cadge and Tanninen posted a time of 1:40.28, while Beaubrun, Mills Pinto, sophomore Kristen Potter (Rockledge, Fla/Rockledge) and junior captain Teri Lytle (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) clocked in at 1:42.31.
FGCU is back in the pool on Saturday, Jan. 22 against in-state rival FIU at the Biscayne Bay Campus location. The meet was originally scheduled for 11 a.m., but will now begin at 4 p.m. This is the second time the two teams will compete this season as FGCU defeated FIU 176-112 at the FGCU Aquatics Center in October.