ATHENS, Ga. (TheCCSA.com) - Florida Gulf Coast women are in first place with 245 points after the first day of the 2013 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at the University of Georgia Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Liberty's 200-free "A" relay team of Brye Ravettine, Cori Gary, Chloe Thomas and Meghan Babcock set a meet and Conference record with a time 1:30.0. Florida Gulf Coast (Emma Svensson, Dani Beaubrun, Megan Wolf and Eva Lehtonen) finished in second-place with a time of 1:31.47, and College of Charleston (Sarah Graif, Meredith Smith, Mary Frances Babrowicz and Jayme Groth) was third, clocking a time of 1:32.96.
In the 500-free, FGCU's Eva Lehtonen won the event with a time of 4:53.54, while Georgia Southern's Kylee Parsons finished in second-place with a time of 4:55.83. Giorgie Graves of Gardner-Webb captured third with a time of 4:56.89.
Julie Leth-Espensen of FGCU set a meet record in the 200-IM with a time of 2:01.28 and qualified for the NCAA "B" cuts. Her teammate Meghan McGuirk finished second with a time of 2:03.74, and Liberty's Emilie Kaufman took third-place with a time of 2:03.98.
In the 50-yard free, Svensson edged out defending event champion Ravettine. Svensson and Ravettine finished with times of 22.37 and 22.88, respectively, while Gary finished third with a time of 22.96. All three girls qualified for the NCAA "B" cuts.
FGCU's Maegan Butler defended her title in the 1-meter diving event. Butler recorded 268.55 for the win, while teammate Cayla Collins finished second with a score 257.25. Georgia Southern's Sara Meisenhelder was right behind Collins with a score of 257.145.
In the final event of the day, FGCU set a meet and Conference record in the 400-medley relay. The Eagles (Jennifer Morgan, Beaubrun, Lehtonen and Svensson) recorded a time of 3:40.88 for the win. Liberty (Emily Duff, Emilie Kaufman, Jess Reinhardt and Gary) came in second-place with a time of 3:43.62, and Georgia Southern (Christian Moran, Abbie Lavallin, Megan Heller and Elaina Lanson) finished in third with a time of 3:47.09.
After day one, Florida Gulf Coast tops the standings with 245 points. Liberty is in second with a score of 182.50 and North Florida is third with 143 points. Georgia Southern is fourth with 141 points, while Gardner-Webb is fifth with 108 points. College of Charleston is alone in sixth with 93.50 points and Davidson is in seventh with 80 points. Right behind is Campbell is eighth with 78 points and Radford is ninth with 37 points. The University of North Carolina at Asheville and Howard is 10th and 11th with 35 points and 32 points, respectively. VMI is 12th with 15 points and rounding out the standings is North Carolina A&T with 10 points.
The second day of the CCSA Championship will begin Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:00 a.m., starting with the men's 200-yard medley relay preliminaries. The event finals for day two will start at 6:00 p.m.