FGCU Downs SEC and ACC Opponents at the Georgia Tech Invitational
Sunday, December 02, 2012 | by Matt Judd
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Atlanta, Ga. – The FGCU Swimming and Diving team concluded the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational on Sunday afternoon as it finished the event in second place with 1031.5 points. The Eagles set nine new program records throughout the three-day invitational.

Florida State finished first with 1673 points, followed by FGCU, Miami (772), Georgia Tech (674) and Alabama (435.5) to round out the top five teams.

“We finished very strong, Jenny won the 200 back in a new conference and a school record of 1.57, followed by Julie in the 200 breast, which was also a school record,” said head coach Neal Studd. “The true story is that the team was awesome from top to bottom. I’m also incredibly proud to beat some quality teams from the ACC, SEC, and Ivy League. This team got huge praise from the swimming world this week and it showed we can compete with any program in the nation.”

Freshman Jennifer Morgan (Edmonton, Alberta/Harry Ainlay) won the first event for the Eagles when she placed first in the 200-yard backstroke and set a new program record with a time of 1:57.32. The previous record was 1:58.33 set by Viktoria Hyddmark back in 2009.

Sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) added to the Eagles point total in the next event when she placed third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.33.

The Eagles picked up their second first-place finish when freshman Julie Leth-Espensen (Vanloese, Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergaardens Gymnasium) won the 200-yard breaststroke and broke a program record with a time of 2:13.19.

Senior Eva Lehtonen (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS/Florida) finished in fourth place of the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.94.

In the final event of the competition, the Eagles took home a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of freshman Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy), Morgan, Lehtonen and Svensson finished with a time of 3:24.36.

The Eagles will be back in action on January 5, when they host a tri-meet against CCSA opponents Georgia Southern and Liberty at the FGCU Aquatics Center. The competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Day 3 Georgia Tech Invite Results
1. Florida State – 1673
2. FGCU – 1031.5
3. Miami – 772
4. Georgia Tech – 674
5. Alabama – 435.5
6. Harvard - 418
7. Emory – 172
8. Hawaii – 102
9. Clemson – 79