STATESBORO, Ga. – The FGCU swimming & diving team used 11 first-place finishes to pick up its 21st-straight win in CCSA meets by defeating Georgia Southern, 180-115, on Saturday in a dual meet at the RAC in Statesboro, Ga.
The Eagles improve to 10-2 with a perfect 4-0 record in conference. FGCU hasn’t lost a conference meet in four years.
FGCU began the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:45.32. The team of freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), junior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), junior Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) and senior Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) finished five seconds ahead of second place.
In the 1650 freestyle, sophomore Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) finished first with a time of 17:18.11, followed by classmate Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista HS) at 17:25.84 and senior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Osceola) gave FGCU the clean sweep with a third-place finish at 17:47.52.
Junior Jamie Akenberger (Bowling Green, Ohio/BGSU) earned a victory in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.83, while freshman Devon Robbins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) touched in third at 1:56.31.
In the 100-yard back, freshman Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) picked up a first-place finish with a time of 59.97, while classmate Maggie Holling (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I Leonard HS) came in third at 1:01.29.
Beaubrun earned a victory in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.92, while classmate Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico/The Bolles School) touched in fourth at 1:08.00.
In the 200 fly, senior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) picked up a first-place finish with a time of 2:05.44, followed by classmate Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) in second at 2:05.91 and junior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester, Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida) made it a clean sweep for the Green and Blue with a third-place finish at 2:07.10.
Svensson claimed a first-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 23.43, while sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Shorecrest Prep) came in third at 24.61.
In the 3-meter diving competition, junior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/FAU) placed second with a score of 263.17, while freshman Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola HS) came in third at 252.07.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Svensson earned her second individual victory of the day with a time of 51.08, followed by Tanninen in second-place at 54.00.
Vilorio finished second in the 200 back with a time of 2:08.29, while sophomore Nicolette Hansen (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline HS) came in third at 2:09.75.
In the 200 breast, Cadge came away with the victory with a time of 2:23.90 and Rodriquez finished third at 2:26.46.
Lehtonen picked up a win in the 500 free with a time of 5:05.59, followed by Daniel in second at 5:08.98.
In the 100 fly, Butler earned her second victory of the day with a time of 57.34, while Cianci came away with second-place at 57.88.
In the final diving event of the day, Butler finished second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 254.40 and Collins came in third at 237.37.
In the final event of the meet, the team of Akenberger, Svensson, Tanninen and Daniel swam the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.50.
The Eagles return home on Jan. 28 against FIU for Senior Day at 11 a.m. at the FGCU Aquatics Center.
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