GAINESVILLE, Fla. – FGCU Swimming and Diving team sits in fourth place with 182 points after day one of the All-Florida Invitational at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville Friday night.
Host Florida currently sits in first place with 342.5 points, followed by FSU with 226.5 and Miami with 196. FAU (130), North Florida (91) and Nova Southeastern (59) rounded out the bottom three teams after day one.
The Eagles got off to a solid start in the 200-yard freestyle relay when senior Megan Wolfe (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Daytona State College), junior Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson), freshmen Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Canada/Harry Ainlay HS) and Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Stonehaven) finished in fourth place of the finals with a time of 1:36.64.
Senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) added more points for FGCU when she finished in eighth place in the 500-yard freestyle “A” final with a time of 5:01.24.
Lehtonen came back to race in the 200-yard IM “A” final and picked up a fourth-place finish when she came in at 2:05.98 and freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark) also competed in the event and placed sixth with a time of 2:07.78.
Hamilton also added to the point total when she finished first (ninth overall) in the 200-yard IM “B” final with a time of 2:07.12.
In the 50-yard freestyle “A” final, Wolfe finished with a time of 24.30, which was good for seventh place. In the final event of the night, Morgan, senior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School), sophomore Heather Coutts (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny HS/Houston) and Wolfe finished sixth in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:53.62.
FGCU will continue competition in day two of the All-Florida Invite, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
ALL-FLORIDA INVITE DAY 1 RESULTS
1. Florida - 342.5
2. FSU - 226.5
3. Miami - 196
4. FGCU - 182
5. FAU - 130
6. North Florida - 91
7. Nova Southeastern - 59