ATHENS, Ga. – The FGCU swimming and diving team is still in first place after day two with 564 points at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships, held on Friday night at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
Sitting in second behind the Eagles by 196 points is Liberty with 367, while Georgia Southern is in third with 298.5 and Gardner-Webb is fourth with 243 points.
FGCU increased its lead after earning seven podium finishes, including gold medals in both relays to finish a solid second day at the CCSAs.
The Eagles took first in the 200-medley relay as freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), junior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), junior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester, Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams/Florida) and sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson), earned an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:40.10 and 40 points on the scoreboard for FGCU.
In the 400 IM, Lehtonen finished in second place with a time of 4:24.26, while freshman Blaine Small (Glenrothes, Fife, United Kingdom/Kelly College) earned points with an eighth-place finish with a time of 4:31.77.
Seniors Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) and Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) placed second and third, respectively, in the 100 fly. Butler earned silver with a time of 55.19, while Cianci came in at 56.00.
In the 200 free, senior captain Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) won gold with a time of 1:50.20, while sophomore Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) touched in third-place at 1:51.24.
Beaubrun earned a bronze finish in the 100 breast with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:02.84, helping FGCU pick up 16 points.
In the 100 back, Svensson raced home for a first-place finish with an NCAA “B” cut time of 54.01, while classmate Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) earned points by placing eighth at 58.40.
In the final event of the night, FGCU took home gold in the 800-free relay with a time of 7:24.20.
The final day of the CCSA Championship begins Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10:00 a.m. with preliminaries followed by the finals, which will take place at 6:00 p.m.
Fans can watch the championship on a live video stream on the Big South Network. The final day of the championship can be viewed for $4.95. You can purchase the video streaming packages at BigSouthSports.com and choose “upcoming live events” from the multimedia menu.
In addition to the video stream, the CCSA will provide free live results through the HyTek manager system. The link for the live results will be available on TheCCSA.com. There will also be live Twitter updates on http://twitter.com/TheCCSA, updating you on all the action of the final day at the CCSA Championship.
For more information about the FGCU women’s swimming and diving team visit www.FGCUAthletics.com and follow @FGCUSwimandDive on Twitter for more updates.
Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championship (Day Two)
1. FGCU 564
2. Liberty University 367.5
3. Georgia Southern University 298.5
4. Gardner-Webb University 243
5. North Florida, University of 236
6. Davidson College 223
7. College of Charleston 178
8. Campbell University 134
9. Radford University 94
10. Howard University 69
11. Virginia Military Institute 52
12. North Carolina A&T 44