BOCA RATON, Fla. – In its final head-to-head contest of the season, the FGCU swimming and diving team took home a 161-135 win from Florida Atlantic on Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton. Finishing first in seven events, second in four events and third in eight events the Eagles move to 5-3 on the season.
Whenever the Eagles travel to FAU it’s a special meet for head coach Neal Studd, a 1998 graduate of FAU and former men’s team captain.
“Today was a good win for our team backed by some outstanding performances,” Studd said. “It’s always fun to go back to my old school. Today’s win was a good way to end the dual-meet portion of our season, and now I’m looking forward to a great conference championship meet!”
Leading the team with with two individual first-place finishes were Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) and Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy), while the efforts of four other Eagles brought in the remaining three wins.
The Green and Blue set the winning tone early as they opened the meet touching first in the 200-yard medley relay. Combining for a time of 1:45.20 were Svensson, Leter, Devon Robbins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) and Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson).
The Eagles breaststroke-specialist, Leter, picked up the Eagles next first-place finish after clocking a 1:04.27 in the 100-yard race and returned to post 2:22.05 for the win of the 200-yard event.
Continuing to shine for the Green and Blue was Svennson picking up two individual wins in the short-course freestyle events. As Eagles fans have come to expect, Svensson touched first in the 50-yard race (23.28) and the 100-yard race just minutes later (51.05). Svensson extended her point-earning efforts in the 100 butterfly after a second-place finish (57.10).
Earning more points for FGCU with a win of the 200-yard backstroke was Sandra Wilk (Lexington, Ky./Paul Laurence Dunbar HS) finishing in 2:03.15. In the 100-yard race Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) placed third with a 57.75.
Nina Schiffer (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund) brought another win after swimming a 4:59.93 to place first in the 500 freestyle.
Taking home second-place finishes for the Eagles were Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:28.05), Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) in the 200 free (1:53.09) and Claudia Reyes (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) in the 200 butterfly (2:08.41).
In the diving well freshman Mikaila Buening (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community HS) took third in both events. Buening scored a 212.20 on three meter and 230.10 on one meter, the second highest score the Eagles have seen this season.
Getting a few weeks to continue preparing, the Eagles will look to claim their sixth straight Costal Collegiate Swimming Association championship as they travel to Knoxville Feb. 19-22.