ATHENS, Ga. – The FGCU swimming and diving team continued its trek to its third consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) title with 586.50 points, placing an Eagle in every event, while winning six events on day two of the CCSA Championship at the Gabrielson Natatorium on the campus of University of Georgia.
Davidson follows in second with 398 points, while Gardner-Webb is just behind in third with 314.50. Georgia Southern is fourth with 309 points and UNF is in fifth with 193 points.
“We had a great day today,” said head coach Neal Studd. “We won every event tonight except the 100 butterfly. We set NCAA B cuts and from top to bottom it was a very special night. We are trying to be focused for tomorrow’s session and we are looking to have a big last day.”
FGCU opened up the day with a gold-medal victory in the 200 medley relay. The team of senior Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah), sophomore Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), junior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./St. Bonaventure) and freshman Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) clocked in with a season-best time of 1:42.75.
Juniors Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, U.K./Kelly College) and Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) faced off again in the IM event. This time Cadge took home the gold in the 400IM with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 4:19.10, while Plante took second with a time of 4:21.80. Freshman McKenzie Cassidy (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Bishop Verot) also picked up points for the Eagles with an 11th-place finish and a time of 4:32.73.
In the 100 fly, Butler and classmate Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) took home the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Butler touched the wall at 55.92, while Cianci clocked in at 56.12. Tanninen finished second in the ‘B’ final with a time of 57.13.
Junior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) carried her strong performances from day one into today with a first-place finish and a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:48.70 in the 200 free. Freshman Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, U.K./Royal Masonic) took third, touching the wall at 1:51.27.
FGCU scored four swimmers in the 100 breaststroke, including a gold-medal performance by Beaubrun. The sophomore touched the wall at an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:48.70. Classmate Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico/The Bolles School) finished in eighth with a time of 1:07.03. Freshman Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) took first in the ‘B’ finals with a time of 1:06.07 and senior Catrina Silveira (Doral, Fla./Doral Academy) rounded out the scorers in the event, touching in at 1:06.48.
Hyddmark and Cadge went one-two in the 100 back. Hyddmark shaved three seconds off her previous season time and touched in at 56.00, while Cadge went 56.02. Butler also picked up points finishing 11th with at time of 59.11.
The Eagles ended the day by breaking the CCSA record in the 800-yard freestyle relay with an NCAA ‘B’ standard time of 7:21.08, which they have won every year since the CCSA existence. The team of Cadge, Porter, Plante and Daniel picked up the points for FGCU.
The final day of the CCSA Championships will begin Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10:00am, with the 200-yard backstroke trials. The finals will take start at 6:00pm with the 1,650 freestyle.
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