FLORIDA GULF COAST DEFEATS RADFORD, 180-94 | RESULTS
The FGCU Swimming and Diving team used 12 first-place finishes to take down Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) conference opponent, Radford, 180-94 in a dual meet at the FGCU Aquatics Center on Monday afternoon.
"It was good to see another conference opponent, we had some fun events today and the girls enjoyed it," said head coach Neal Studd. "We set some new pool records and I'm very happy to see the divers improve under David Boyko. Butler qualified for NCAA zones which is awesome."
The Eagles extended its CCSA winning streak to 21 games and are 23-1 since joining the CCSA in 2007. FGCU improved its dual meet record to 6-2 on the year and a perfect 3-0 in conference play.
The Green and Blue jumped out to a good start in the first event, placing first, second and third in the 200-yard medley relay event. The team of freshman Sarah Hamilton, sophomore Charlie Molenda, junior Christina Tanninen and sophomore Emma Svensson took first with a time of 1:52.59.
Svensson also broke pool records in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 25.79 and the 100-yard IM with a time of 59.76. Senior Danielle Beaubrun broke a pool record in the 50-yard breastroke with a time of 29.69.
The Eagles followed that up with a first and second place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle. Freshman Kellie Roedig placed first with a time of 10:50.86, followed by junior McKenzie Cassidy with a time of 10:52.43. In the 500-yard freestyle, Cassidy took first (5:18.39) followed by sophomore Natalie Rochette (5:30.70) in second.
In the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Jennifer Morgan took first with a time of 1:56.77, followed by junior Jessie Porter (1:57.66) in second. Morgan also won the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 54.22.
Porter also swam in the 100-yard butterfly event and finished in first with a time of 59.81.
Sophomore Maggie Holling won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.84 followed by senior Mandy Melymuka, who won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.37.
In the 50-yard freestyle, sophomores Heather Coutts (25.58), Holling (25.87) and Cassie Niles (26.13) placed first, second and third.
Seniors Shannon Blizzard and Megan Wolfe finished first and second in the 50-yard backstroke with times of 28.48 and 28.63, respectively.
In the final event, the team of Porter, freshman Meghan McGuirk, Wolfe and Beaubrun finished first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.29.
In diving, senior Maegan Butler collected a first-place finish on the one-meter board with a score of 271.80. The score helped Butler qualify for the NCAA Diving Zones which will take place Mar. 11-13, in Knoxville, Tenn.
The swimming and diving team will be back in action January 19, when they travel to Miami, Fla. to compete against FIU in a dual meet. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Hickling placed third in the 1-meter board with a score of 231.35 with
her classmate Alex Poletti coming
in fourth (228.95). The duo also
competed in a 3-meter synchronized event and recorded 175.80 points.
The swimming portion of the meet was heavy on the sprints with only three individual events (all freestyle) measuring 200-plus yards.
Freshman Sarah Fredericksen turned in the third best time in the 100 butterfly (1:01.09) and fourth in both the 1000 freestyle (11:26.56) and 50 butterfly (27.77).
Senior Emily Turner, junior Haley Schweitzer, junior Jessica Frazelle and sophomore Claire Doherty all added fourth place finishes.
Turner churned out a 2:04.31 in the 200 freestyle and also finished fifth in 100 freestyle (56.89). Schweitzer (1:16.97), Frazelle (26.93) and Doherty (1:03.04) posted their times in the 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, respectively.
The Highlanders return to the pool on Jan. 26 for a tri-meet at Saint Francis (Pa.) that also features Siena.