Swimming & Diving Soars Over Radford, 146-119
Monday, January 09, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swimming & diving team picked up its 19th-straight win in CCSA meets by defeating Radford on Monday afternoon in a dual meet at the FGCU Aquatics Center.

The Eagles improved to an 8-2 dual meet record after taking down Radford, 146-119.

“The team has worked really hard over the break and their effort today was great,” said reigning CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “I am excited about where we are as a team and we got to mix it up today to see our depth as a whole.”

FGCU began the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:52.79. The team of senior Teri Lytle (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic), Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Osceola), Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) and senior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) came away with the victory.

In the 200 freestyle, freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) picked up a first-place finish with a time of 1:57.17, while sophomore Nicolette Hansen (Salt lake City, Utah/Skyline HS) touched in second at 1:58.24. Freshman Natalie Rochette (Naples, Fla./The Bolles School) came in third to give the Eagles a clean sweep with a time of 2:04.36.

The Green and Blue earned another sweep in the 50-yard breast as freshman Cassie Niles (Helotes, Texas/Sandra Day O’Connor HS) was in first-place with a time of 32.80, while junior Mandy Melymuka (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul Catholic) touched in second at 32.84. Freshman Charlie Molenda (Middletown, R.I./Middletown) placed third with a time of 33.01.

In the 100-yard fly, junior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester, Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida) finished first with a time of 58.32, followed by freshman Devon Robbins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) in second at 58.81 and sophomore Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) in third at 1:01.36.

Junior Kristen Potter (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge HS) earned a first-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 25.34, while sophomore Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista HS) came in third at 25.50.

In the 1-meter diving competition, junior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/FAU) finished first with a score of 270.90, which qualifies her for the NCAA Diving Zone “B”. Sophomore Alex Valder (Tampa, Fla./Sickles HS) placed second with a score of 253.05.

Lehtonen came away with her second individual win in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.95, while Daniel touched in second at 54.16. Porter made it a clean sweep by finishing third with a time of 54.70.

In the 100 breast, Svensson earned her second victory of the day with a time of 1:06.60, followed by Meeder in second at 1:09.38 and freshman Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) placing third with a time of 1:10.01.

With the victory already in hand the Eagles would exhibition the next five events to make the final score 145-116.

In the final event of the meet, FGCU’s 200-yard free relay team of Lehtonen, Daniel, Cadge and sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Shorecrest Prep) finished with a time of 1:37.17.

The Eagles are back in action in two weeks when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to face UNF on Friday Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.

For more information about the FGCU women’s swimming and diving team visit www.FGCUAthletics.com and follow @FGCUSwimandDive on Twitter for more updates.