FORT MYERS, Fla. – After their performances against Florida State and Miami, FGCU swimming senior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park HS) has been selected as the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Women’s Swimmer of the Week, while sophomore teammate Alex Valder (Tampa, Fla./Sickles HS) has been selected as the CCSA Women’s Diver of the Week, ending on October 5.
FGCU is coming off a solid opening weekend with a 2-1 record after defeating FIU (66-44) and Miami (151-148).
Daniel started out the season with a second-place finish in the 1000-yard free with a time of 10:16.29 coming in ahead of Miami and just missing first-place to Florida State’s Charlotte Broadbent. She followed that performance by swimming in the 200-yard free, placing third in 1:52.27 ahead of Miami. Daniel also had a fourth-place showing in the 500-yard free with a time of 5:02.41 defeating Miami in the event. She finished the meet by swimming in the 200-yard free relay coming in third at 1:37.20.
“I am excited for Leah (Daniel) after her great performance last weekend,” said head coach Neal Studd. “Over the summer she worked extremely hard on her fitness and it has paid off early. “I expect big things from her this season and the goal is for her to qualify for NCAAs.”
Valder took eighth in the 1-meter event in the dual meet against Florida State and Miami with a score of 214.25. She also participated in the 3-meter, placing eighth and scored 212.80 points. This is the Tampa native’s first CCSA Dive of the Week award.
“I am proud of the way Alex (Valder) has performed this early in the season,” said diving head coach Andrew Goe. “She has been learning different dives and it has translated into positive results.”
The Green and Blue are back in the pool on Friday, October 7, as they head to the All-Florida Invite. The invitational is a three-day event that begins on Friday and ends on Sunday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium.