ATHENS, Ga. – The FGCU Swimming and Diving team took home three of a possible seven first-place finishes on the final day to clinch its fifth-straight Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Conference Championship, held at the University of Georgia, Saturday night.
FGCU finished first with 712 points, followed by Liberty (609), Georgia Southern (482.5), College of Charleston (353.5) and Gardner-Webb (349) to round out the top five teams.
In the three-day span, the Eagles have set five new program and CCSA records. The Eagles have also won 13 of a possible 20 events during the three-day meet.
“It’s great to win our fifth title. It was an up and down day with two disqualifications and it turned out the relay was legal,” said four-time Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “We did not let it spoil our day, I want to thank my team and awesome coaches for a spectacular year.”
Studd was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time while first-year diving coach David Boyko received Diving Coach of the Year. This is the third-straight year the FGCU diving coach has taken home Diver of the Year. Former diving coach Andy Goe won the award the previous two seasons.
Sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) garnered Most Outstanding Female Performer of the Meet, winning the 50-free, 100-free and 100-back events. Her times in the 50-free and 100-free qualified for NCAA “B” cuts. She was a member of the 200-medley relay that set a meet and Conference record and qualified for NCAA “B” cuts, and anchored the 400-medley relay that finished first. Svensson received Most Outstanding Freshman Female Performer of the Meet last season. Senior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) collected Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet for the second consecutive year. Butler won both the 1-meter and 3-meter board, and set a meet record in the 3-meter event.
Freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay) got the Eagles started on the final day when she claimed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.83. Svensson kept the pace for the Green and Blue when she won the 100-yard freestyle event in a time of 49.80 and qualified for the NCAA “B” cuts.
In diving, Butler set a new FGCU and meet record on the 3-meter board event with a score of 314.75. Butler broke her own record of 302.00, which she set last season.
The Eagles would of won the 400-yard freestyle relay but was disqualified.
The Eagles will now prepare for the NCAA Diving Zones and NCAA Championships next month. The NCAA Diving Zones will take place March 11-13 while the NCAA Championships will be March 21-23.
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Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championship
1. FGCU - 712
2. Liberty University - 609
3. Georgia Southern - 482.5
4. College of Charleston - 353.5
5. Gardner-Webb - 349
6. North Florida - 330.5
7. Davidson - 262
8. Campbell - 236.5
9. North Carolina Asheville - 135
10. Radford - 117
11. Howard - 84
12. Virginia Military Institute - 47
13. North Carolina A&T - 44