FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team continues its 2011-12 season against Florida Atlantic University and Princeton, on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. at the FAU Aquatic Center in Boca Raton.
FGCU is 2-1 in dual-meets this season with wins over FIU (66-44) and Miami (151-148). The Eagles have been out of the pool since Oct. 9 when they participated in the All-Florida Invitational placing third out of nine teams.
Last week, junior Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) and freshman swimmer Karen Vilorio (Teguciagalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) participated in the Pan American Games for their respective countries in St. Lucia and Honduras.
Beaubrun swam the 100-meter breast finishing with the sixth fastest time after winning the “B” final for St. Lucia touching in at 1:10.63. With that time, she earned an Olympic “B” cut for 2012 and set a new national record topping her own mark of 1:11.34 from the World Championships in Shanghai, China this past summer. Beaubrun was being coached by FGCU head coach Neal Studd who had the honor of coaching the St. Lucia national team.
Vilorio also had success by breaking the national record for Honduras in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:07.06 placing 18th.
Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) broke two school-records at the All-Florida Invitational in the 50-free (23.28) and the 100-free (50.91). Svensson placed third in the 50-free and her school-record time of 23.28 is currently ranked 15th nationally.
The Green and Blue relay teams were equally impressive as the 200-free relay team swam by Svensson, Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson HS), Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) and Leah Daniel (Winnepeg, Manitoba/Grant Park HS) placed third with a time of 1:35.07.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Svensson, Beaubrun, junior Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) and Tanninen swam to a second-place finish with a time of 1:43.37. The medley relay team was just behind the 2010 national champion Florida Gators.
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