Swimming & Diving Stands in Second Place after Day Two of Georgia Tech Invite
Saturday, December 01, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

Atlanta, Ga. – The FGCU Swimming and Diving team continues to sit in second place with 691.5 points and set four new program records on the second day of the Georgia Tech Invitational Saturday night in Atlanta, Ga. The Eagles have set eight new program records in the first two days of the invitational.

Florida State leads the field with 1099 points, followed by FGCU, Miami (554), Georgia Tech (450) and Alabama (334.5) to round out the top five teams.

“Today was another awesome day for us top to bottom. We won the opening relay and crushed the field which was great,” said head coach Neal Studd. “We had several awesome swims on the day, including a conference and varsity record from Julie Leth-Espensen. Emma Svensson set a new varsity record in the 100 fly. Everyone is swimming so well and doing a great job. Hopefully we have a great day three and take victories over SEC and ACC opponents.”

The Eagles got off to a great start in the first event, setting a new program record and winning the 200-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan), seniors Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/Bolles School), Megan Wolfe (Sebring, Fla./Sebring HS/Daytona State College), and Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) finished with a time of 1:39.52. The previous record was 1:40.10, which was set by last year’s team.

FGCU continued its great start in the second event when freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) won the 400-yard IM and broke a program record with a time of 4:15.32. Leth-Espensen made the NCAA “B” cut with the time and defeated the previous program record by three seconds.

Svensson and Beaubrun also set a program records in both the 100-yard fly and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. Svensson finished second in the 100-yard fly with a time of 54.78 and Beaubrun finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.46. Svensson also took home a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.80.

In the final event of the night, the Green and Blue took home a fourth place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Lehtonen, freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay), sophomore Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) and Wolfe finished with a time of 7:31.59.

Day 2 Georgia Tech Invite Results
1. Florida State – 1099
2. FGCU – 691.5
3. Miami – 554
4. Georgia Tech – 450
5. Alabama – 334.5
6. Harvard - 257
7. Emory – 121
8. Hawaii – 61
9. Clemson – 45