Toussaint and Svensson Get @FGCU_Wswim 32nd Place At NCAA Championship
Monday, March 24, 2014 | by Sara Roberts
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Toussaint in the 200 backstroke B final
Toussaint in the 200 backstroke B final

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – After advancing to finals in every event they competed in, FGCU’s Emma Svensson and Kira Toussaint capped the Eagles historic run at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday night in Minneapolis. Swimming just three events, the pair from the green and blue accumulated 22 points to place 32nd in the fastest meet in the world of swimming.

“What Kira and Emma did this weekend elevated our program to a new level,” head coach Neal Studd said. “We had never scored points in our two previous appearances, so to leave this year with 22 is incredible. I am so proud of what we have accomplished and very thankful for the support we’ve received from those back home. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for FGCU.”

A look at the results shows how incredible FGCU’s performance at this year’s event was, as it finished ahead of notorious powerhouse programs LSU (17), Missouri (16), Alabama (13), Ohio State (8), Kansas (2) and Duke (1). Scoring just one more point than the Eagles to place 30th were FSU (23) and Michigan (23).

To begin the third and final day, Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) posted a program-record 1:53.72 in the 200 backstroke prelim to place 16th overall and earn a spot in the B final.

Returning to the competition on Saturday evening, the Netherlands’ native finished the race in 1:53.79 to place 12th.

Preceding the freshman’s 200 backstroke performance was her seventh-place finish in 100-yard race on Friday, clocking a 51.81.

In day one of the championships, Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) swam the race of her life, clocking a 22.09 in the 50-yard freestyle prelim, and continued on to the B final where she placed 12th with a 22.33. She ended her third trip to the championship placing 39th in the 100-yard freestyle with a personal best, 49.13.

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1. Georgia 528
2. Stanford 402.5
3. California 386
4. Texas A&M 336
5. Southern Cal 252
6. Florida 239
7. Tennessee 223
8. Arizona 156
9. Texas 144
10. Minnesota 136.5
11. Virginia 123
12. Indiana 118
13. Wisconsin 78
14. Auburn 62
15. Louisville 55
16. NC State 48
16. Notre Dame 48
18. Penn St 42
19. UNC 41 20. So. Methodist 39
21. Univ of Miami 38
21. UCLA 38
23. Kentucky 36
24. Virginia Tech 34
25. Purdue 33
26. Wis - Milwaukee 29
27. Univ of Massachussetts 28
27. San Diego St 28
29. Univ of Utah 24
30. Michigan 23
30. Florida St 23
32. Southern Illinois 22
32. FGCU 22
34. Denver 21
35. UCSB 18
36. Lsu 17
37. Missouri 16
38. Illinois State 15
39. Alabama 13
40. Princeton 12
41. Ohio St 8
41. Arizona St 8
43. Liberty 7
43. Oregon St 7
45. UNLV 6
45. Towson 6
47. Fresno State 4
47. FIU 4
49. Univ of Houston 3
50. Kansas 2
51. Rutgers 1
51. Duke 1
51. Nevada 1