FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the second-straight year, sophomore Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) will represent the Green and Blue at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships held Thursday through Saturday, Mar. 21-23, at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex.
Svensson will compete in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events. The Upsala, Sweden native became the first swimmer from FGCU to qualify to the NCAA Championship in their first year of post-season eligibility. Since the start of the program in 2007, FGCU has gone on to claim five consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships.
Svensson qualified for the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.37 at the 2013 CCSA Championships. The time was a new program and meet record. She qualified for the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.55 at the 2013 CCSA Championship. The sophomore qualified for the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.11 which she also set at the CCSA Championship. She competed last year in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle as well as the 100-yard backstroke events.
Svensson garnered Most Outstanding Female Performer of the Meet at the CCSA Championship, winning the 50-free, 100-free and 100-back events. Her times in the 50-free and 100-free qualified for NCAA “B” cuts. She was a member of the 200-medley relay that set a meet and Conference record and qualified for NCAA “B” cuts, and anchored the 400-medley relay that finished first.
She set multiple records in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, and was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay that also set program records.
ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday live.
Four-time CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd recently was profiled in the Coaches’ Corner section on Florida Swim Network and can be found at www.FLORIDASWIMNETWORK.com.
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