CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team started its 2011-12 opening weekend in style, defeating Miami 157-141 and falling to Florida State on Saturday. It is the second win for the FGCU swimming and diving program over the Hurricanes. With the split, the Eagles record now stands at 2-1 on the season.
FGCU started out strong with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:44.06. The team of freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), junior Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep), senior Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) and sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) took home the win by 22 tenths of a second over Miami’s team.
“This team works their butts off every day and they deserve this win,” said reigning CCSA Coach of the Year, head coach Neal Studd. “Today we had to dig deep with two of our top girls missing and we really stepped up. “It was a team victory through and through, to go to their place and beat them was special. “I could not be prouder of this team.”
In the 1000-yard free, the Eagles swept the event over Miami with senior Leah Daniel (Winninpeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) placing second against FSU with a time of 10:16.00. Junior transfer Eva Lehtonen (Rochester, Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida) placed third over Florida State with a time of 10:23.49. Daniel earned first-place points over Miami and Lehtonen picked up second-place points.
In the next event, Daniel swam to a third-place finish in the 200-yard free and picked up second-place points over Miami. Svensson kept the Eagles rolling after earning a first-place finish in the 100-yard back with a time of 56.11.
In the 500-yard freestyle event, Lehtonen swam to a second-place finish over Florida State with a time of 5:01.32. She finished with first-place points over the Hurricanes as the Eagles swept the points from Miami.
Cadge earned a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:07.00. Cadge and Lehtonen placed first and second respectively against Miami.
The Eagles will be back in the water next weekend at the All-Florida Invitational on Oct. 7-9 in Gainesville. For more information about the women’s swimming and diving team please visit www.FGCUathletics.com.