FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU 200-yard medley relay 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) swam an NCAA qualifying time of 1:40.77 last weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational, are now ranked 8th in the nation according to collegeswimming.com.
The Eagles were ranked as high as third in the 200 medley relay and will look to improve the time next semester.
“What a thrill to be up there already and we want to improve each leg and we will see what this groups does when they are fully rested in the spring,” said head coach Neal Studd. “Also they are all juniors and younger so given more time this group might be able to contend for a National title eventually, that sounds crazy for a mid-major school like us but that is the goal we are trying to pursue. We have to work every day towards that goal and what the ladies have done is a great start, now we have to build on this.”
Svensson is also ranked individually in the 50 free (22.54) coming in at seventh in the country and in the 100 free (49.49) is ranked 12th. Her 100 back time of 53.88 is 11th and hopes to improve those times in the second half of the season.
FGCU has already earned six NCAA B cuts and a 5-1 dual meet record.
The Green and Blue are back in the pool for their first home meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 7, as they welcome Georgia Tech, North Dakota and CCSA foe Liberty.
For more information about the FGCU women’s swimming and diving team visit www.FGCUAthletics.com and follow @FGCUSwimandDive on Twitter for more updates.
Top Ten Women's 200-yard medley relay rankings
1. Texas-AM: 1:39.09
2. California: 1:39.13
3. Ohio State: 1:39.15
4. Arizona State: 1:39.34
5. SMU: 1:39.58
6. Louisville: 1:39.91
7. Auburn: 1:40.19
8. FGCU: 1:40.77
9. Maryland: 1:40.80
10. Tennessee: 1:40.81