@FGCU_WSWIM Looks To Finish 2013 Strong In Atlanta
Thursday, November 21, 2013 | by Sara Roberts (@Saraannerob)
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Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson
Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson

ATLANTA – Looking to down a slew of ACC and SEC opponents, the FGCU women’s swimming & diving team takes to the water for the last competition of 2013 at the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational. Running from Friday to Sunday, the Eagles will race through the site of the 1996 Olympic Games, the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Joining the Green and Blue in Georgia’s capital city are Miami, FAU, Tennessee, James Madison, Vanderbilt and host Georgia Tech.

“This weekend is for us to swim fast on a championship format,” head coach Neal Studd said. “We have great competition to race from the SEC, ACC, Colonial Conference and Conference USA. It’s an opportunity for our girls to learn how to implement what we have been working on all semester. I’m looking forward to watching them swim fast and continue learning how to improve.” 

THE HISTORY
This weekend marks the fourth year FGCU has competed in the invite, finishing second in 2012, sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2010. Last year the Eagles’ statement finish in second place came alongside nine program-records as they outswam Miami in third, Georgia Tech in fourth and Alabama in fifth, while Florida State took home the top prize. 

THE COMPETITION
Of the six teams meeting in Atlanta this weekend, FGCU has yet to compete against any of them this season expect for Miami. In their first viewing of the U at the season-opening All Florida Invite, FGCU posted a drastic 295-point differential against the Hurricanes en route to a third-place finish. Congregating again for a head-to-head battle in October, the Eagles finished first in 10 of the 16 events to claim their sixth-straight and seventh all-time win over Miami with a 175-123 victory.

THE FALL SEASON
FGCU enters the meet with a 3-3 record. Their last time out, the Eagles traveled to Los Angeles to claim a victory over Oregon State, but fell to UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. Facing the three aforementioned programs in a quad-meet, the Green and Blue tallied one first-place, six second-place and four third-place finishes while junior Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) continued to lead the team as she finished in at least third place in every event she swam.

For complete coverage of FGCU women’s swimming and diving over the weekend, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_WSWIM and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where live scoring and streaming can be accessed as well as full recaps and results at the end of each day.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

Friday, November 22:
Prelims 10:00 a.m.
Finals 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, November 23:
Prelims 10:00 a.m.
Finals 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 24:
Prelims 9:00 a.m.
Finals 3:00 p.m.