ATLANTA, Ga. – Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) broke three conference records, including a national record and qualified with an NCAA “B” cut on Day One at the Georgia Tech invitational at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on Friday night.
“Today was great we broke school records, conference records and Emma broke a national record too,” said head coach Neal Studd. “I was also excited to break the relay record and one conference relay record. We had a lot of best times on the day from a lot of different girls. I am really happy with how we are swimming.”
In the morning preliminaries, Svensson qualified for the “A” final with an NCAA “B” time of 22.75 in the 50 free. Svensson finished third in the prelims ahead of swimmers from Clemson, Florida State and Georgia Tech. In the finals of the 50 free, Svensson finished second with a time of 22.55 only falling to Florida’s Sarah Bateman.
In the 200-yard relay, the team of Svensson, Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College), Leah Daniel (Winnepeg, Manitoba/Grant Park HS) and Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson HS) placed third with a time of 1:32.84 setting a new CCSA record. Svensson swam the first leg of the relay with a 50 free time of 22.54, which broke a FGCU, conference and a Swedish national record. Her time of 22.54 was also faster than what was invited to last year’s NCAA meet.
In the 500 free, freshman Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) made her season debut with a sixth place finish in the “B” final with a time of 4:55.83.
Cadge finished eighth in the “A” final of the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.08 touching in ahead of two Florida State swimmers.
In the 1-meter diving event, freshman Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola HS) led the Eagles with a 24th place and a score of 224.15.
In the final event of the day, the Eagles placed second in the 400 medley relay as the team of Svensson, Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) and Daniel touched in at 3:44.67. Svensson broke another conference record swimming the 100 back in the first leg of the relay in 54.34.
The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team currently sits in sixth place with 153 points after day one at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. Florida leads the invitational after Day one with 318 points.
Live times from the invite are available at www.FGCUathletics.com and will be available after the event concludes.
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