ATLANTA, Ga. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team earned three NCAA qualifying times, including the 200-yard medley relay team that beat out Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami and Florida on Day Two at the Georgia Tech invitational at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on Saturday night.
“The relay tonight was epic, to beat Florida and all those ACC schools was fantastic for our young program,” said head coach Neal Studd. “It really set the tone for the night and winning the 100 back and third in the 100 breast was great too. I am very happy with where we are at and with continued improvement I think we can have a great second half of the season at the conference championship and the NCAA’s.”
FGCU got off to a fast start in the 200 medley relay placing first as the team of Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/ Celsiusskolan HS), Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) and Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson HS) earned an NCAA “B” time of 1:40.77.
In the 100 fly, Svensson finished eighth with a time of 55.64, while teammate Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) touched in right after in ninth at 55.74.
Senior Leah Daniel (Winnepeg, Manitoba/Grant Park HS) came in fourth in the “B” final of the 200 free with a time of 1:50.82, while teammate Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) placed ninth in the “B” final at 1:52.94.
In the 100 breast, Beaubrun earned an NCAA “B” cut with a time of 1:02.49, finishing third among ten competitors in the “A” final.
Svensson picked up her third NCAA qualifying time this weekend in the 100 back with a time of 53.88 placing her first ahead of second place Heidi Hatteberg from Georgia Tech by more than a second.
In the 3-meter diving event, redshirt sophomore Kamryn McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither HS) led the Eagles with a 29th place and a score of 201.90.
In the final event of the day, the Eagles placed fifth in the 800-yard free relay as the team of Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./ Rochester Adams/Florida), Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/ Royal Masonic), Robins and Daniel with a time of 7:28.45.
The FGCU women’s swimming & diving team currently sits in sixth place with 358 points after day two at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. Florida leads the invitational after Day one with 742 points.
Live times from the invite are available at www.FGCUathletics.com and will be available after the event concludes.
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Team Standings through Day Two
1. University of Florida: 742.5
2. Florida State University: 682
3. Virginia Tech: 588.5
4. Georgia Tech: 466
5. University of Miami: 404.5
6. Florida Gulf Coast University: 358
7. Clemson University: 229.5
8. Florida Atlantic University: 218
9. Auburn University: 122
10. University of Alabama: 23