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@FGCU_WSWIM Ends Five-Year Streak, Takes Silver At CCSA Championships
KNOXVILLE – Picking up four first-place finishes and garnering two achievement awards, the FGCU swimming & diving team ended its five-year win streak of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships taking second place in the 2014 conference meet on Saturday night at the Allan Jones Aquatics Center in Knoxville.
Liberty claimed the top spot for the first time in program history totaling points 732.5, a mere 14 more than FGCU’s 718.5 for second. The distance behind the top two was lengthy as Georgia Southern claimed bronze (423), while Davidson (406) and Incarnate Word (336) rounded out the top five.
Shining over the duration of the weekend was FGCU freshman Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) racking up wins in the 200-free, 100-back and the 200-back while setting a program, CCSA and meet record in each of her first-place finishes. Toussaint’s achievements were recognized as she was named both the Most Outstanding Freshman Performer and Most Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Meet.
“I have never been more proud of a team before,” head coach Neal Studd said. “They gave everything they had and fought all the way to the end. This squad is the best team in our program’s history and it’s a shame we made a couple of mistakes that cost us a championship. The girls handled the loss with the utmost dignity and class, and I could not be prouder!”
The night started with a win in the first event as the Eagles’ distance-specialist Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) touched first in the 1650-yard freestyle with a 16:36.63. Joining Cabrera to bring in points was Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) placing eighth with a 17:05.03.
The first-place finishes continued in the 200-yard backstroke as Toussaint collected her third title of the meet swimming the race in both an FGCU and CCSA record 1:54.52. Following Toussaint were Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) in third (1:58.68), Sandra Wilk (Lexington, Ky./Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS) in fourth (1:58.59) and Heather Coutts (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny/Houston) in 12th (2:04.06).
The winning ways extended through three-straight events as Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) picked up her second-consecutive 100-yard freestyle CCSA title, swimming the distance in just 49.77 seconds. Joining Svensson were Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy) in fourth (50.56) and Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) in fifth (51.03).
Helping the Green and Blue earn points through racing the 200 breaststroke were four swimmers. Leading the pack was Tryshia Centeno (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico/Auburn), placing fourth (2:19.05), followed by Samantha Rahael (Trinidad &Tobago/The Bolles School) in sixth (2:20.64), Meghan McGuirk (Plaistow, N.H./Peddie School) in ninth (2:21.02) and Hannah Soutar (Edinburgh, Scotland/Broughton HS) in 14th (2:23.41).
In the meet’s final individual event, the 200 butterfly, Nina Schiffer (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund) placed second (1:58.38), followed by Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) in sixth (2:03.35), and Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) in 12th (2:06.37).
Concluding the night with the 400-freestyle relay, FGCU’s team of Toussaint, Svensson, Hamilton and Tanninen placed first while setting a program and conference record of 3:20.13.
FGCU Swimming & Diving
2014 CCSA Championships – Day Four
February 22, 2014
Allan Jones Aquatics Center – Knoxville, Tenn.
Women’s Team Scores: Liberty 732.5, FGCU 718.5, Georgia Southern 423, Davidson 406, Incarnate Word 336, Gardner-Webb 284, Campbell 230, North Florida 206, Radford 109, UNC Asheville 93, Howard 86, VMI 63, N.C. A and T 32
1,650 Freestyle – Finals
1. Lani Cabrera (16:36.63)
8. Lindsey Meeder (17:05.03)
200 Backstroke – Finals
1.Kira Toussaint (1:54.52) [FGCU and CCSA record]
3. Karen Vilorio (1:57.74)
4. Sandra Wilk (1:58.59)
12. Heather Coutts (2:04.06)
Kira Toussaint (1:56.29)
Karen Vilorio (1:58.68)
Sandra Wilk (1:59.34)
Heather Coutts (2:04.80)
100 Freestyle – Finals
1. Emma Svensson (49.77)
4. Sarah Hamilton (50.56)
5. Christina Tanninen (51.03)
Emma Svensson (50.45)
Sarah Hamilton (50.71)
Christina Tanninen (51.11)
200 Breaststroke – Finals
4. Tryshia Centeno (2:19.05)
6. Samantha Rahael (2:20.64)
9. Meg McGuirk (2:21.02)
14. Hannah Soutar (2:23.41)
Samantha Rahael (2:19.29)
Tryshia Centeno (2:19.54)
Meg McGuirk (2:22.56)
Hannah Soutar (2:23.78)
200 Butterfly – Finals
2. Nina Schiffer (1:58.38) [NCAA B cut]
6. Jessie Porter (2:03.35)
Nina Schiffer (2:01.21) [NCAA B cut]
Jessie Porter (2:04.58)
9. Mikalia Buenning (259.65)
13. Taylor Malewicki (247.35)
15. Cayla Collins (246.45)
400 Freestyle Relay – Finals
1. Toussaint/Svensson/Hamilton/Tanninen (3:20.13) [FGCU and CCSA record]