FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team finish the 2011 season when they travel to the three-day Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (GTAC), beginning Friday at 10 a.m.
The GTAC hosted all swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competition during the 1996 summer Olympic Games now opens its lanes to teams from the SEC and ACC this week. The women will face off against the Florida Gators, Florida State, Miami, and FAU for the second time this season. Other teams competing include Clemson, Virginia Tech and host Georgia Tech.
“We are very excited to test ourselves against some of the very best competition from the SEC and ACC conferences,” said head coach Neal Studd. “I am hoping the girls can mix it up a little with them.”
Live times from the invite are available at www.FGCUathletics.com and will be available after the event concludes.
Back on November 4, FGCU improved to 5-1 in dual-meets after picking up ten first-place finishes en route to two victories against Boston College (188-103) and Maine (168-123).
Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) earned her second CCSA Swimmer of the Week award last week and leads the conference with top times in the 50 free (23.28), 100 free (50.91), 50 back (25.61) and 100 back (56.11). She also is part of the conference leading relay teams in the 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay.
Svensson swam multiple events against Boston College and Maine, coming away with three individual wins in the 50 free (23.86), 100 free (51.98) and the 200 IM. In the 200 medley relay, Svensson swam the third leg with a 50 fly split time of 24.17, faster than any competitor, helping the team finish first with a time of 1:47.98. She finished the meet with four first place victories, including a win in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.00.
Freshman Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola HS) was named as the CCSA Women’s Diver of the Week last week after a second place finish in the 1-meter dive against Boston College and Maine with a score of 236.85. She also participated in the 3-meter, placing second with a score of 237.6 points. It is the Largo, Fla. native’s first CCSA Diver of the Week award. She is currently ranked third in the conference in 1-meter dives with a score of 239.62.
Seniors Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) and Leah Daniel (Winninpeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) are expected to produce with both leading the conference in multiple events. Cadge has first place times in the 200 IM (2:04.87) and the 400 IM (4:25.16), while Daniel leads in the 200 free (1:52.20), 500 free (4:56.65), 1000 free (10:16.29) and the 1650 free (17:14.59).
For more information about the FGCU women’s swimming and diving team visit www.FGCUAthletics.com and follow @FGCUSwimandDive on Twitter for more updates.