Florida Gulf Coast 146, Florida Atlantic 92
The FGCU Swimming and Diving team used 11 first-place finishes to cruise past FAU, 146-92, at the FGCU Aquatics Center Wednesday night. Sophomore Emma Svensson and senior Eva Lehtonen led the charge with two individual victories apiece.
Svensson took first in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events with times of 23.33 and 51.28, respectively. Svensson also set a new pool record for the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 25.69 in her leg of the 200-medley relay.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Lehtonen and freshman Jennifer Morgan placed first and second with times of 1:53.98 and 1:54.69, respectively. Lehtonen also won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.48. Morgan added her own first-place finish by winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.80.
FGCU started off well in the first event with first and second-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Maggie Holling, freshman Meghan McGuirk, sophomore Heather Coutts and freshman Sara Hamilton finished in first with a time of 1:50.18. The team of sophomore Karen Vilorio, senior Regina Rodriguez, junior McKenzie Cassidy and senior Jamie Akenberger finished second with a time of 1:54.18.
The Eagles kept the torrid pace with junior Lindsey Meeder winning the 1000-yard freestyle event with a time of 10:27.11. Junior Jessie Porter finished right behind Meeder in second place with a time of 10:37.60.
Freshman Julie Leth-Espensen won the 200-yard IM event with a time of 2:05.34 and senior Danielle Beaubrun won her only individual event of the night when she won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.45.
In the final event of the night, the team of junior Christina Tanninen, Lehtonen, Morgan and Hamilton won the 200-yard freestyle relay event with a time of 1:38.04
In diving, senior Maegan Butler collected a first-place finish on the three-meter board with a score of 262.35. On the one-meter, Butler finished third with a score of 229.80.
The Eagles will return back to the FGCU Aquatics Center Saturday, February 2, when they host their final home meet of the season against CCSA opponent North Florida. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.