ATHENS, Ga. – After leading the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championship from start to finish, the FGCU swimming and diving team earned its fourth straight CCSA title with 840 points on Saturday night at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia.
The Eagles won the meet by over 300 points, as Liberty took home second with 538.50 points, while Georgia Southern placed third with 477.50. In all, FGCU picked up 10 gold medals, 9 silvers and eight bronzes, while winning three out of the five possible relay events over the three-day championship.
“I am so happy we did it again!,” said head coach Neal Studd. “The conference has improved so much yet we won by our biggest margin ever in a team effort. I have a great group of girls and I am so proud of the tradition we have built here. I want to wish my perfect seniors all the best and my assistant Elizabeth, who is also leaving us.”
FGCU’s Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/FAU) was honored as the Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet, placing first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive with scores of 258.70 and 302.00, respectively. Butler’s score of 302 qualifies her for the NCAA Diving Zone B event. Andrew Goe took home Women’s Diving Coach of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) took home the Most Outstanding Female Freshman Performer of the Meet, placing second in the 50-yard freestyle and earning an NCAA “B” cut with a time of 22.87, as well as placing first in the 100 back and earning “B” cut time of 54.20. She also earned a “B” cut in the 100-yard free that placed her second in the event with a time of 49.33.
The Eagles took first, third and fifth in the 1650-yard free. Senior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba) took home gold with a time of 16:49.91, while sophomore Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) came in third at 17:04.90. Sophomore Jesse Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom) earned points by placing fifth with a time of 17:14.18.
In the 200 back, Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, U.K./Kelly College) earned a silver medal with a time of 2:01.71, while freshman Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) earned points with a sixth place finish at 2:04.01.
In the 200 breast, junior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) took third with a time of 2:18.57. Senior Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee HS/St. Bonaventure) picked up gold in the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.41, followed by classmate Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) who took bronze, touching the wall at 2:03.76.
FGCU closed out the meet with a silver finish in the 400 free relay. The quartet of sophomore Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson), Cadge, Daniel and Svensson clocked in at 3:22.26 for a NCAA ‘B’ cut time.
CCSA Final Standings
1. FGCU 840
2. Liberty University 538.5
3. Georgia Southern University 477.5
4. Gardner-Webb University 365
5. North Florida, University of 348
6. Davidson College 340
7. College of Charleston 267
8. Campbell University 181
9. Radford University 140
10. Howard University 92
11. Virginia Military Institute 68
12. North Carolina A&T 56