FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU head swimming & diving coach Neal Studd announced that Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/FAU) and Siona Huxley (Castries, St. Lucia/International School of St. Lucia), will join the Eagles for the spring semester starting with a home meet against Georgia Tech, North Dakota and CCSA foe Liberty on Jan. 7.
Butler transferred from FAU, finished her sophomore campaign with a new FAU record in the 1-meter event with 273.23 points. Butler was awarded the Diver of the Week for the Sun Belt Conference a team-best six times and placed fourth in the 1 and 3-meter events at the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Championships. Last season, she was a 2011 NCAA Zone B Diving Championship qualifier.
Huxley swam internationally for St. Lucia and was coached by FGCU head coach Neal Studd during the World Championships in Shanghai last summer. Huxley qualified for the Youth Olympics in 2010 and holds numerous St. Lucia records in the 50-meter free, 100-meter free, 50-meter back, 100-meter back, 200-meter back and 50-meter fly.
“We are excited to have Maegan join our team and she will really help us in diving,” said Studd. “Now we have both the Butler sisters for one semester and that will be a lot of fun for us and their family. Sioana and I know each other well after being together at the World Championships in Shanghai last summer. It is great to have another World Championship caliber swimmer that has all the tools necessary to really make a huge impact. She will begin training with us right away so it’s nice we have some time now to learn about her and put some work in before she tries to qualify for the London Olympics.”
The 2011-12 squad currently has a 5-1 dual meet record and is pushing towards its fourth straight CCSA Championship. Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) has earned three individual NCAA qualifying times in the 50 free (22.54), 100 free (49.49) and 100 back (53.88), while also a part of two relay teams that posted NCAA B Cuts in the 400 free relay (3:24.48) and the 200 medley relay (1:40.77). Junior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) also has earned an NCAA B cut in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.49.
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