FGCU Gets Set for Road Trip to FIU
Friday, January 18, 2013 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Linwood Ferguson
Photo by Linwood Ferguson

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team will look to improve its win streak to five-straight when it competes against FIU in a dual meet this Saturday in Miami, Fla. at 11 a.m.

The Eagles are 6-2 this season with wins coming against Miami, Georgia Tech, North Dakota, Georgia Southern and Liberty. All-time, FGCU is a perfect 8-0 against FIU dating back to the 2008-09 season.

FGCU is ranked No. 10 in the second edition of the CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Swimming Poll and is the only team in the CCSA ranked in the Top 25. The Eagles were ranked No. 8 in the first edition of the poll.  

The Green and Blue were last in action January 7th when they defeated CCSA opponent Radford, 180-94, at the FGCU Aquatics Center.

Since joining the CCSA in 2007, the Eagles are 23-1 in conference action with its only loss coming at the hands of Georgia Southern back on Jan. 19, 2008.

FIU comes into Saturday with a dual meet record of 4-2 with wins over FAU, North Florida, Florida Southern and Central Connecticut State University. FIU was scheduled to compete against FGCU earlier in the year but the meet was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Green and Blue has earned five CCSA Swimmer of the Week and three Diver of the Week honors in just 13 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. Sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) has garnered Swimmer of the Week, in each of the last two weeks while freshmen Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay), Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) and senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) have all received the award this year.

Against Radford, the Eagles used 12 first-place finishes to take down the Highlanders and improve to a perfect, 3-0 in conference action. Svensson broke pool records in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 25.79 and the 100-yard IM with a time of 59.76. Senior Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux, Fort St. Lucia/The Bolles School) also broke a pool record in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 29.69. In diving, Butler qualified for the NCAA Diving Zones after placing first on the one-meter board with a score of 271.80. Butler is the first diver ever from FGCU to qualify for the Division I NCAA Diving Zones.

Results and recap will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com at the conclusion on the event. Fans can also get updates from the team through twitter @FGCU_WSwim.