Swimming and Diving Prepares for Georgia Tech Invitational
Thursday, November 29, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Atlanta, Ga. this weekend to compete in the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational starting on Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.

FGCU last competed at Georgia Tech Nov. 3 in a tri-meet with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. The Eagles defeated Georgia Tech, 161-139, but were defeated by Virginia Tech, 175-125.

The Green and Blue are 2-2 this season with both wins coming against ACC opponents.

The Eagles will face off with Miami and Florida State for the third time this season and Georgia Tech for the second time. Alabama, Emory and Clemson (diving only) will all compete against FGCU for the first time this season. The Green and Blue competed against Miami and Florida State at the All Florida Invitational earlier this year and also hosted dual meets against both schools. Emory is the only non-Division I school to compete at the three-day meet. The Eagles are the three-time defending Division III National Champions and have won five National Championships in the past eight years. FGCU and Emory are the only non-BCS schools to compete at the event this weekend.

This marks the third year that the Eagles have competed at the Georgia Tech Invitational. FGCU is coming off a sixth place finish last season and an eighth place finish back in 2010.

At the Georgia Tech tri-meet, the Eagles had eight first-place victories, highlighted by senior Eva Lehtonen’s (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) four first-place finishes. Lehtonen won all the events she raced in at the tri-meet. She placed first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.77), 200-yard fly (2:04.26), and won the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 5:02.88. She also swam her leg of the winning 200-yard relay in 23.20.

Freshmen Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay) and Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) were also top performers at the Georgia Tech tri-meet. Morgan was part of the 200-yard relay team that took first and she also placed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.23. Leth-Espensen took home two first-place finishes in both the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM.

FGCU has earned two CCSA Swimmer of the Week and three Diver of the Week honors in just eight weeks and have won the most out of any school in the conference. Senior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) has garnered Diver of the Week two times this season while sophomore Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola) received the award in the first week of voting. Morgan and Lehtonen have both received Swimmer of the Week accolades in the early going.

Live scoring and video will be available throughout the three-day competition at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. Fans can also get updates from the team through twitter @FGCU_WSwim.