@FGCU_WSwim Competes Against The Best Of The West
Thursday, October 31, 2013 | by Sara Roberts (@Saraannerob)
Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson
Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson

LOS ANGELES – After a 2,644 mile trek the Eagles have landed in The City of Angels ready to capitalize on the early success of this season as they race against some of the West Coast’s fastest. Facing UC Santa Barbara, Oregon State and host UCLA, the Green and Blue will take to the Spieker Aquatics Center for a quad-meet at 3 p.m. EST on Friday.

“We’re looking forward to competing in California this weekend,” head coach Neal Studd said. “The girls are excited to race two PAC 12 opponents and a talented Santa Barbara program. Both the traveling and the high-major competition are great experiences for them so we’re ready to have some fun.” 

After dominating both Miami and UNF and posting 11 season-highs in its most recent meet against FSU, FGCU heads west confident of its ability to keep the momentum of this season rapidly moving. Leading the Eagles in individual-race wins are distance-freestyler Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) with four and Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy) claiming three breaststroke wins. Adding to its list of accolades, FGCU was ranked No. 38 in the first installment of Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com’s Top 50 released Wednesday. Also named to the list are UCLA at No. 33 and UCSB at No. 36, making Friday’s contest all the more interesting.

The Bruins of UCLA enter the weekend with a record of 1-0 and are ranked No. 14 in the NCAA’s Top 25. Opening the season against San Diego, UCLA finished first in 13 of the 14 races to win the meet. Highlighting the Bruins’ roster is Ting Quah, who placed seventh in 100-yard butterfly at the 2013 NCAA Championships to become a College Swimming Coaches Association of America First Team All-American. Quah was one of seven current team members who qualified for last year’s NCAA’s.

Already deep into PAC 12 competition, Oregon State remains winless this season after falling to No. 1 California, No. 7 Stanford and Utah. Cabrera will face some of her toughest competition this season in Sammy Harrison, who leads the Beavers with six race wins so far this season.

UC Santa Barbara opened its campaign with a tri-meet sweep of Cal Poly and the University of Hawaii earlier this month.

Once they return to The Nest, the Eagles will hit the road again as they travel to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Invitational Nov. 22-24. It will be the team’s final meet of the fall season.

For complete coverage of FGCU women’s swimming and diving over the weekend, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_WSWIM and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com.

Order of Events

1. 200 Medley Relay

2. 1000 Freestyle

3. 200 Freestyle

4. 100 Backstroke

5. 100 Breaststroke

6. 200 Butterfly

7. 50 Freestyle

8. 1-Meter Diving

9. 100 Freestyle

10. 200 Backstroke

11. 200 Breaststroke

12. 500 Freestyle

13. 100 Butterfly

14. 3-Meter Diving

15. 200 Individual Medley

16. 200 Freestyle Relay