FGCU Lands Top 10 Swimming Recruit
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU head swimming & diving coach Neal Studd announced the signing of Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), the ninth ranked Division I recruit according to CollegeSwimming.com, to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) for the 2011-12 season on Tuesday.

Svensson has a power ranking index score of 1.44 on the website. The score is based on a recruit's times being assigned a value based on their percentile rank among other high school swimmers. The score is calculated from a weighted average of at least two of these times. The posting of additional times (up to five total) can improve a swimmer's score.

“We’re very excited to have a top 10 recruit come to FGCU”, said Studd, the three-time CCSA Coach of the Year. “It is an attribute to my staff’s hard work and commitment to excellence. We are hoping that this caliber of recruit will attract further top swimmers as we aim to move up the national rankings.”

Included in the top 10 list are three athletes committed to California, the reigning NCAA Champions, as well as Georgia, Texas, Standford, Florida and Louisville, all who sent athletes to the NCAA Championship in 2011.

Svensson is a two-time District Swimmer of the Year and a five-time Most Outstanding Swimmer on the Junior Nationals Upsala Swim Club. She is coached by Mikael Eriksson and won two silver medals at the European short course nationals in 2009 with her Swedish National relay team.

The National Junior Champion of Sweden, Svensson specializes in the 50-meter backstroke. She holds the Swedish national senior and junior record in the event with a time of 29.07, set at the 2009 Swedish Championships.

“Emma is not only an excellent athlete, she is a straight-A student and an incredible person,” said Studd. “Although she has achieved great athletic success, she is extremely humble. On her visit she loved the atmosphere at FGCU and got along with the staff and team members. My goal is for Emma to continue her international achievements and qualify for not only the NCAA championships, but the Olympics as well.”

The 2010-11 squad picked up its third consecutive CCSA Championship in February. FGCU returns 21 swimmers and divers who picked up 13 gold medals, 11 silvers and five bronze, while winning three out of the five possible relay events at the league meet. The swimmers also posted seven NCAA ‘B’ cut times.

Rank Name - Team, Ranking

  1. McDermott, Amber - Georgia, 1.02
  2. Kong, Yvette - California, 1.23
  3. Breed, Catherine - California, 1.24
  4. Jaques, Gretchen - Texas, 1.24
  5. Klaren, Melanie - California, 1.27
  6. Rainer, Rebecca - Florida, 1.31
  7. Locus, Madeline - Georgia, 1.38
  8. Kylliainen, Tanja - Louisville, 1.38
  9. Svensson, Emma - FGCU, 1.44
  10. Schaefer, Maddy - Stanford, 1.52