BOCA RATON, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team used seven first-place finishes en route to defeating in-state rival Florida Atlantic 179-119 on Saturday afternoon at the FAU Aquatics Center. The Eagles now stand with a 3-1 dual meet record after taking down the Owls on the road.
Also Princeton competed in the meet but according to Ivy League rules they are not allowed to start their season till November thus only the Eagles’ and FAU’s scores counted.
FGCU started out strong with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:45.31. The team of freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), junior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), junior Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep), and sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) took home the win by almost two seconds over FAU.
“It was a good team effort and we are working very hard right now,” said reigning CCSA Coach of the Year, head coach Neal Studd. “The girls are very tired and sore so all things considered it was a good day.”
In the 400-yard IM, senior Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) placed third with a time of 4:35.21 and junior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester, Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida) touched in at 4:39.00 for a fifth-place finish.
In the next event, Svensson picked up a victory in the 100-back coming in at 56.48, while classmate Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) placed fourth at 1:00.50.
In the 100-yard breast, Beaubrun swam to a first-place finish with a time of 1:05.51 and sophomore Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista HS) came in at 1:08.13 for fifth place.
Seniors Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) finished second and third in the 200-Fly. Cianci finished with a time of 2:07.28, while Butler touched in at 2:07.79.
In the 50-yard Free, sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson HS) took home the victory with a time of 24.35.
In the 3-meter diving competition, sophomore Alex Valder (Tampa, Fla./Sickles HS) came in second-place with a 224.10 score.
Svensson earned her second individual victory of the day after placing first in the 100-Free with a time of 51.90, while Tanninen placed second touching in at 53.50.
In the 200-yard back, Vilorio finish in second-place with a time of 2:07.02 and Cadge followed right after in third at 2:08.16.
The Eagles would take another second and third in the 200-breast after Beaubrun finished at 2:21.95, while classmate Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico/The Bolles School) came in at 2:25.92.
Meeder picked up a third-place finish in the 500 Free with a time of 5:03.45 and Lehtonen followed in fourth touching in at 5:06.61. The Green and Blue kept rolling in the 100-yard Fly sweeping the event with Butler, Cianci and freshman Kathryn Brewer (Jacksonville, Fla./Creekside HS) finishing in the top three spots.
In the final diving event of the day, freshman Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola HS) finished second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 239.62. In the 200-yard IM, Cadge came in second-place with a time of 2:10.34 and Lehtonen finished in fifth at 2:11.40.
FGCU would win the final event of the day as Tanninen, senior Leah Daniel (Winninpeg, Manitoba/Grant Park), Beaubrun and Svensson placed first in the 200-Free Relay touching in at 1:36.11.
The Eagles will travel to Boston, Mass. next weekend to face ACC foe Boston College and Maine on Friday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.
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