Swimming and Diving Gets Ready for Tri-Meet at Georgia Tech
Friday, November 02, 2012 | by Matt Judd
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Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in a tri-meet with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech on Saturday at 11 a.m.

FGCU was scheduled to compete against FIU last week but due to inclement weather the meet had to be cancelled and no make-up date has been announced.

The Eagles are coming off a 130-113 victory over ACC foe Miami three weeks ago and are 1-1 in dual meets this season. This marks the sixth time that FGCU has competed with Georgia Tech and the first time it will compete against Virginia Tech. FGCU has competed in four quad meets with Georgia Tech as well as at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Georgia Tech comes into action Saturday, 1-1, in dual meets this year with a win over College of Charleston in the season opener and a loss to Georgia in its last meet. Virginia Tech is 5-2 this season with wins over Duke, VMI, Gardner-Webb, Liberty, and UNC-Willington.

Senior Maegan Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee/FAU) picked up Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Diver of the Week honors for the second straight week with her performance in the dual meet with Miami. Butler took home a fourth place finish on the 1-meter board with a score of 238.80 and placed fifth on 3-meter board with a score of 230.17. FGCU has won the award three out of the possible five times with sophomore Cayla Collins (Largo, Fla./Osceola) receiving the award in the first week of voting.

Against Miami, freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark) set a new FGCU freshman record in the 200-yard breaststroke when she finished first with a time of 2:18.30. The previous record was 2:18.96, set by Vicky Cadge back in 2009. Leth-Espensen also added a first place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:06.74.

Swimming in her first race this season, sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala,Sweden/Celsiusskolan), who competed in the 2012 NCAA Championships, earned first place finishes in both the 50-yard and 200-yard freestyle events against Miami.

Junior Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) and senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) also took home first place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle events, respectively.

Live scoring and video will be available during the meet at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. Fans can also get updates from the team through twitter @FGCU_WSwim.