TALLAHASSEE – The FGCU swimming & diving team pick up its first loss of the season Friday afternoon in a rainy dual meet against the Seminoles of Florida State. Having never beaten the Noles, the Eagles racked up a total of four first-place, seven second-place and five third-place finishes, but ultimately suffered a 189–109 defeat.
“I was very proud of how our girls competed today,” head coach Neal Studd said. “We had some very fast swims and big time drops from last week. FSU swam very well for the win, but I am delighted at how my team is improving.”
The meet began with the 200-yard medley relay where Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy), Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) and Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy) united to finish the race in a season-best 1 minute and 42.97 seconds to take second place.
The first winning race for the Green and Blue was the 100-yard backstroke where Svensson outpaced the competition to post the leading time of 55.48. Closely trailing her was Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School), finishing in third with a time of 57.27.
Following the trend of the 100-yard event, the Eagles saw another victory in the 200 backstroke as Toussaint glided into first-place by posting a season-high 2:00.89. Immediately following Toussaint’s winning touch was Vilorio in second-place with a 2:03.36. Toussaint’s point-scoring ways continued into the 100-yard butterfly as she placed second with a 57.27.
In the short-course freestyle events, Svensson continued to tally points and record the fastest times this season for FGCU as she placed second in the 50-yard race (23.45) and third in the 100-yard race (51.00).
Distance specialist Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) continued to lead the Eagles in the lengthy freestyle events as she touched third in the both the 1,000-yard (10:17.90) and 500-yard (4:58.15) races.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, the results stayed consistent with those of the earlier meets this season as Leter once again led the Eagles finishing in a season-best 1:03.84 for second place.
In the final event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, FGCU took home first, second and third place. The team of Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson), Hamilton, Cabrera and Leter led the pack with a time of 1:37.58. Closey behind were Sandra Wilk (Lexington, Ky./Paul Laurence Dunbar HS), Charlie Molenda (Middletown, R.I./Middletown), Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) and Nina Schiffer (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund) in second place (1:40.41). Combining to take third were Heather Coutts (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny/Houston), Ellen Vann (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview HS), Kellie Roedig (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Abington Senior HS) and McKenzie Cassidy (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Bishop Verot).
Up next the Eagles will travel across the country to Los Angles for a quad meet against UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m.