@FGCU_WSWIM Makes A Dramatic Comeback In Day Two Of CCSA Championships
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | by Sara Roberts (@Saraannerob)
FGCU's Svensson defended her title as CCSA 50-yard freestyle champion with a win of the event in 22.61.
FGCU's Svensson defended her title as CCSA 50-yard freestyle champion with a win of the event in 22.61.

KNOXVILLE – After relay disqualifications led to an uncomfortable 8th-place standing following day one, the FGCU swimming & diving team used day two of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Conference Championships to bounce back into contention for a sixth-straight championship title, while picking up two first-place finishes, two NCAA B cut qualifying times and a program record.

Through two days and seven events, the Eagles strong comeback in day two catapulted them into second place with 238 points. Continuing to lead the pack is Liberty with 264. While the distance between first and second place is very slim, there is a clear separation between the top two and everyone else. Holding third is Incarnate Word (154), followed by Georgia Southern in fourth (147) and Davidson in fifth (134).

“We had a great night moving from eighth place into second,” head coach Neal Studd said. “We saw some great swims and earned key points from our divers. Very proud of what the team did today. We still have a chance to win!”

In the evening’s first event, the 500-yard freestyle, the Eagles picked up 54 points jumping from eighth to second place overall. Of the eight swimmers racing the A final, half of them donned the Green and Blue. Leading the group and placing third was Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) after clocking a 4:49.88. Following Cabrera were Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) in sixth (4:54.62), Nina Schiffer (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund) in seventh (4:57.77) and Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) in eighth (5:01.10). Racing the B final was Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic), claiming 15th place after clocking a 5:04.12.

The Eagles continued to dominate the lineup in the next event, sending five members to race in the 200-yard IM final. Registering points for FGCU in the A final were Samantha Rahael’s (Trinidad &Tobago/The Bolles School) third–place finish (2:03.84), Tryshia Centeno’s (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico/Auburn) fifth–place finish (2:04.14) and Hannah Soutar’s (Edinburgh, Scotland/Broughton HS) seventh–place finish (2:06.22). Placing ninth for the Eagles in the B final was Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) with a 2:03.19, followed by Meghan McGuirk’s (Plaistow, N.H./Peddie School) 2:06.88, which was good for 15th place.

After winning the prelim while simultaneously clocking an NCAA B cut, Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) successfully protected her title as CCSA 50-yard freestyle champion, winning the A final with a 22.61. Adding points for the Eagles in the B final were Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy) with a 23.40 for ninth place and Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) with a 23.59 for 10th.

In the diving well, Mikaila Buening (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community HS) represented FGCU in the 1-meter A final placing seventh with a 225.50. In the B final, Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola) placed ninth with a 239.95.

Concluding the evening with the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Eagles saw the best results possible. Winning the event with an FGCU-program record and an NCAA B cut time was the team of Svensson, Hamilton, Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) and Tanninen who united to clock a 1:30.24.

The Eagles will return tomorrow for day three with prelims starting at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. For live scoring, video streaming, ticket prices and other championship information, please visit www.TheCCSA.com. For complete coverage of FGCU women’s swimming and diving over the weekend, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_WSWIM and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com.

FGCU Swimming & Diving
2014 CCSA Championships – Day Two
February 20, 2014
Allan Jones Aquatics Center – Knoxville, Tenn. 

Women’s Team Scores: Liberty 264, FGCU 238, Incarnate Word 154, Georgia Southern 147, Davidson 134, Gardner-Webb 105, Campbell 100, North Florida 89, Howard 58, Radford 51, VMI 28, UNC Ashville 22

500 Freestyle – Finals
A Final
3. Lani Cabrera (4:49.88)
6. Devon Robins (4:54.62)
7. Nina Schiffer (4:57.77)
8. Lindsey Meeder (5:01.10)
B Final
15. Jessie Porter (5:04.12)
2. Lani Cabrera (4:51.22)
5. Nina Schiffer (4:53.77)
7. Lindsey Meeder (4:57.08)
8. Devon Robins (4:57.47)
12. Jessie Porter (4:59.55)

200 IM – Finals
A Final
3. Samantha Rahael (2:03.84)
5. Tryshia Centeno (2:04.14)
7. Hannah Soutar (2:06.22)
B Final
9. Karen Vilorio (2:03.19)
15. Meghan McGuirk (2:06.88)
4. Samantha Rahael (2:04.05)
5. Tryshia Centeno (2:05.27)
6. Hannah Soutar (2:05.51)
9. Karen Vilorio (2:05.72)
15. Meghan McGuirk (2:07.40)

50 Freestyle – Finals
A Final
1. Emma Svensson (22.61) [NCAA B cut]
B Final
9. Sarah Hamilton (23.40)
10. Christina Tanninen (23.59)
1. Emma Svensson (22.55) [NCAA B cut]
9. Christina Tanninen (23.45)
11. Sarah Hamilton (23.55)

1M Diving – Finals
A Final
7. Mikaila Buening (225.50)
B Final
9. Cayla Collins (239.95)
6. Mikaila Buening (250.40)
9. Cayla Collins (239.94)
18. Taylor Malewicki (208.90)

200 Freestyle Relay - Finals
1. Svensson/Hamilton/Toussaint/Tanninen (1:30.24) [NCAA B cut] [FGCU record]