KNOXVILLE – Picking up three first-place finishes and setting both a Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association and FGCU program record, the FGCU swimming & diving team ended day three of the CCSA championships closing in on first place for a sixth-straight championship title.
Through three days Liberty still remains at the top with 471 points followed by FGCU in second (453), Georgia Southern in third (305), Davidson in fourth (257) and Incarnate Word in fifth (216).
“The girls battled hard to gain the lead and are swimming great,” head coach Neal Studd said. “Unfortunately we disqualified another relay to we have given back 68 points that we really needed! Hopefully we can get this back tomorrow and fight again.”
Beginning with the 400-yard IM, the Eagles used their four members racing in the A Final to pick up major points. Leading the pack and touching first was Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) with a 4:19.19. Following Vilorio was Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) in fourth (4:25.20), Nina Schiffer (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund) in sixth (4:26.33) and Samantha Rahael (Trinidad &Tobago/The Bolles School) in seventh (4:29.58).
Representing FGCU in the 100-yard Butterfly was Heather Coutts (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny/Houston) placing 11th with a time of 57 seconds.
The Eagles dominated the 200-yard freestyle with five members competing. The first to finish for FGCU was Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) in first place (1:47.02) followed by Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) in fourth (1:49.73), Sandra Wilk (Lexington, Ky./Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS) in sixth (1:50.65), Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) in seventh (1:51.51) and Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy) in 10th (1:50.69).
In the 100 breaststroke Tryshia Centeno (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico/Auburn) placed third (1:02.12) in front of Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/St. Brendan’s) in 12th (1:04.81) and Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) in 14th (1:05.06).
The Green and Blue made major noise in the 100 backstroke with four swimmers racing. Highlighting the performance was Toussaint placing first with a 52.15, after clocking a CCSA and FGCU record, 51.68, in prelims, which is an NCAA A cut. Joining Toussaint in the race was Wilk in second (54.68) followed by Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) in fourth (55.42) and Coutts in 11th (57.16).
Concluding the evening with the 400-yard medley relay, the Eagles team of Toussaint, Centeno, Svensson and Hamilton were disqualified leaving the Eagles without points.
The Eagles will return tomorrow for the fourth and final day 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 Three
February 21, 2014
Allan Jones Aquatics Center – Knoxville, Tenn.
Women’s Team Scores: Liberty 471, FGCU 453, Georgia Southern 305, Davidson 257, Incarnate Word 216, Gardner-Webb 204, Campbell 170, North Florida 123, Radford 81, Howard 72, UNC Asheville 67, VMI 48, North Carolina A and T 32.
400 IM – Finals
1. Karen Vilorio (4:19.19) [NCAA B cut]
4. Jessie Porter (4:25.20)
6. Nina Schiffer (4:26.43)
7. Samantha Rahael (4:29.58)
2. Karen Vilorio (4:21.60)
3. Samantha Rahael (4:24.31)
5. Jessie Porter (4:25.96)
7. Nina Schiffer (4:29.12)
100 Butterfly – Finals
11. Heather Coutts (57.00)
9. Heather Coutts (56.82)
200 Freestyle – Finals
1. Kira Toussaint (1:47.02) [NCAA B cut]
4. Lani Cabrera (1:49.73)
6. Sandra Wilk (1:50.65)
7. Devon Robins (1:51.51)
10. Sara Hamilton (1:50.69)
2. Kira Toussaint (1:49.35)
4. Lani Cabrera (1:50.33)
5. Sandra Wilk (1:50.71)
8. Devon Robins (1:51.14)
14. Sara Hamilton (1:52.68)
100 Breaststroke – Finals
3. Tryshia Centeno (1:02.12) [NCAA B cut]
12. Evita Leter (1:04.81)
14. Lindsey Meeder (1:05.06)
3. Tryshia Centeno (1:01.80)
12. Lindsey Meeder (1:04.91)
13. Evita Leter (1:04.95)
100 Backstroke – Finals
1. Kira Toussaint (52.15) [NCAA B cut]
2. Sandra Wilk (54.68) [NCAA B cut]
4. Emma Svensson (55.42)
1. Kira Toussaint (51.68) [CCSA record, FGCU record, NCAA A cut]
3. Sandra Wilk (54.77) [NCAA B cut]
4. Emma Svensson (55.25)
400 Medley Relay – Finals