FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a third-straight Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championship in 2011, the FGCU women’s swimming and diving team released its 2011-12 schedule on Tuesday. The schedule features three home meets, a trip to the All-Florida Invite hosted by the Florida Gators, a road trip to Boston for a tri-meet against Boston College and Maine.
The Eagles finished the 2010-11 campaign with an 11-2 record and were ranked 32nd in the nation in the 2010-11 CSCAA/TYR Top 25 Poll.
“Our schedule this year is very exciting and we have added some new opponents,” said head coach Neal Studd, the reigning CCSA Coach of the Year. “This year we begin the season with road meets against FIU, Miami and Florida State in consecutive days. I am excited about having Georgia Tech visit Fort Myers this year and of course looking for four-in-a-row at the CCSA Championships in February.”
The Eagles open their schedule on the road in Miami against FIU on Friday, Sept. 30. Just a day later, the Eagles stay in Miami to take on the Hurricanes and Florida State on October 1st. FGCU then travels to the All-Florida Invite on October 7-9 hosted by the Florida Gators, who finished in the top 10 at the 2011 National Championships. Last season, the Eagles finished fourth in the event behind Florida, Florida State and Miami.
“All the major schools from Florida will be there and we are excited to participate in the three-day meet,” said Studd.
The team will make their first trip to Boston, Mass. for a tri-meet against Boston College and the University of Maine on Friday, November 4, at 6 p.m. Two weeks later, the squad heads to the Georgia Tech Invite for the second-straight year for a three-day meet from November 18-20. Eight other teams will be joining FGCU and Georgia Tech, including Clemson, Florida, Colorado State, Florida State, Gardner-Webb, Miami and Texas A&M. The Green and Blue host their first home quad-meet of the season when they welcome Georgia Tech, North Dakota and Liberty to the Lee County/FGCU Aquatics Center on Saturday, January 7 at 11 a.m. The Eagles defeated Liberty 235-57 last year. Two days later, the Eagles host CCSA foe Radford on Monday, January 9 at 3 p.m.
The Eagles have a short break before heading to Jacksonville to face UNF on Friday, January 20 at 3 p.m. The following day FGCU travels to Statesboro, Ga. to match-up against CCSA foe Georgia Southern on Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m.
FGCU closes out its regular season with a home meet against FIU on January 28, which will be senior day.
The Eagles then defend their three-straight titles at the CCSA Championship on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., from February 16-18. FGCU finished 294.5 points ahead of second place Davidson last season.
This season FGCU is eligible to send student-athletes to the NCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving championships held from March 15-18 in Auburn, Ala. The qualifying window for the Women’s National Championship meet is Friday, September 3, 2011 through Sunday, February 27, 2012. To qualify, a swimmer must achieve an automatic qualifying “A” cut standard or earn a fast enough “B” cut standard to be invited by the championship committee. In diving, participants must first achieve qualifying scores to attend the Zone B diving championship meet. The top finalists are chosen from each Zone competition to represent their university at the NCAA championship meet.