FORT MYERS, Fla. – After landing the Eagles in 32nd place during their historic run at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, FGCU’s Emma Svensson and Kira Toussaint were named to the 2014 College Swimming Coaches Association of America D-I Swimming and Diving All-America Teams, announced by CSCAA officials on Thursday.
Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) was named to the All-American Team, while Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) received Honorable Mention All-America recognition.
CSCAA All-America honors are conferred upon those student-athletes who finish in the top-8 of an individual or relay event at the D-I Championship. Athletes who finish in places 9-16 in the consolation finals of individual or relay events at their respective NCAA Championship receive Honorable Mention All-America.
“The prestigious honors bestowed upon Kira and Emma are very well deserved,” head coach Neal Studd said. “Their incredible swims at NCAAs brought our program to the next level, and awards like these only reiterate how amazing their performances in Minneapolis were. I am so proud of both these women, as they truly embody the FGCU spirit through their dedication to success.”
Toussaint’s naming as a 2014 All-American is the result of her seventh-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, swimming the championship race in 51.81 seconds. Becoming the first from the Green and Blue to stand on the awards podium at NCAAs, the freshman elevated FGCU athletics to a new level of competition as she was the university’s first student-athlete to participate in a contest where the winner was crowned NCAA D-I National Champion. The Netherlands’ native continued to find success in the 200 backstroke, finishing the race in 1:53.79 to place 12th in the nation.
Svensson finished in 12th place in the 50-yard freestyle B final, where she clocked a 22.33. Her finish scored the Green and Blue five points, the first in program history. Svensson’s role as the first to put FGCU on the scoreboard is more than appropriate as she was the first to qualify for the Championship in 2012. To begin her time at the 2014 NCAA Championship, the junior swam the race of her life, setting both an FGCU and Swedish national record, clocking a 22.09 in the 50-yard freestyle prelim. Her time was good for 11th place and a spot in the finals, something no member of the Green and Blue had ever done before.
Founded in 1922, the CSCAA, the oldest organization of college coaches in America, is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.
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