Florida Gulf Coast University Lands 9th-Ranked Recruit in Late Signing
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | by Braden Keith (The Swimmers Circle.com)
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

In a shocking move, Swedish swimmer Emma Svensson has signed a National Letter of Intent to swim collegiately at lowly Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall. Svensson, who is the Swedish National Record holder in the 50 backstroke, is needless-to-say the biggest recruit in the history of the program, or possibly the entire athletics department.

Svensson has speed to burn, and is already a NCAA-qualifying level of sprinter. Her best long course times, converted to yards are:

• 25.7 50 free (23.3 converted)

• 56.7 100 free (49.4 converted)

• 29.0 50 back (24.7 converted)

• 1:04.4 100 back (54.9 converted)

That 50 backstroke time, if she can match the conversion factor in a yards pool, would have been an upgrade for 10 out of the 16 NCAA Finalist medley relays.