CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Coming off two exceptional performances to open the 2013-14 season, the FGCU swimming & diving team gears up for its annual dual meet against the University of Miami Hurricanes, having never felt more ready. Unafraid of the battle, the Eagles fly directly into the storm for Saturday’s Noon contest in The City Beautiful.
Having finished ahead of The U six times in the past three seasons, with the most recent being a drastic 295-point differential in September’s All-Florida Invite, the Green and Blue will look to continue their stranglehold of dominance in south Florida.
“We’re looking forward to going to a good UM team to compete,” head coach Neal Studd said. “Miami has some of the best divers in the world and some top-end swimmers too. They have a new head coach in Andy Kershaw, so I’m sure they will be fired up for us. It’s always a good show when the two of us get together.”
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In its past seven meetings with the Hurricanes, two being dual meets (head-to-head) and five others being invitationals with multiple programs represented, FGCU has totaled a combined 684 more points than Miami to claim six wins over the Hurricanes the past three seasons. The two have faced off head-to-head in a dual meet six times, collecting three wins each. FGCU took down The U for the first time with a dominant 195-99 victory in the 2009 dual meet, the third season of the FGCU swimming & diving program. In the last dual meet between the two FGCU claimed a 130-113 victory after posting eight first-place, 10 second-place and five third-place finishes against Miami.
DUAL MEET ONE AND 0
Five different Eagles posted multiple first-place finishes as FGCU earned a dominating 143.5-94.5 victory over the University of North Florida last Saturday to open the home portion of its 2013-14 season. Leading the quintet of first-place finishers was freshman Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy), who touched first as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team and also finished first in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breastroke. After taking down the Ospreys, FGCU sits at 1-0 this season and extended the all-time record against UNF to a perfect 9-0.
The Eagles have claimed five-straight CCSA Championships and haven’t lost a dual meet to a conference opponent in an astonishing 2,092 days. FGCU holds a 25-1 CCSA record with its only loss dating back to January 2008 against Georgia Southern. Overall, the Eagles have won eight dual meets in a row and carry a record of 62-21.
Up next the Eagles will travel to the capital city as they face FSU in a dual meet Friday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.
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