@FGCU_WSWIM Set To Face Tough Competition At Florida State
Thursday, October 17, 2013 | by Sara Roberts (@Saraannerob)
Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson
Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson

TALLAHASSEE – The 2-0 FGCU swimming & diving team gears up for its third dual meet of the season as it heads to Florida’s capital city to take on the Seminoles of Florida State. Aiming to collect the first win in program history over FSU, the Eagles have been preparing hard for Friday’s 2 p.m. contest.

“This weekend at FSU will be a massive challenge for us,” head coach Neal Studd said. “They are a very good team and I’m looking for my girls to step it up and compete.” 

While the Green and Blue have never topped FSU, in the recent meetings between the two the margin of points has grown slimmer and slimmer. At this season’s All Florida Invite, FSU finished 103 points ahead of FGCU, compared with last year’s results when the Eagles trailed by 167.5. Opening the season at the All Florida Invite, FGCU finished ahead of FSU in two events.

Staring with the 200-yard medley relay, Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College), Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy), Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) and Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy) united to out touch the Seminoles and take second place overall. In the 100-yard backstroke, Toussaint and Svensson swam past the Seminoles again to claim third and fifth place, respectively, compared with FSU’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-place finishes.

In their 2012 dual meet, the Eagles racked up a total of five first-place, eight second-place and nine third-place finishes against the Seminoles but suffered a 173-122 loss. The five winning events FGCU saw were all results of swimmers that have since graduated. As a young team, this year the Eagles are counting on their newcomers to step up and replace former team members, and judging by the success the program has already seen this season, that is exactly what’s happening.

Finishing first in 10 of 16 events, FGCU claimed its sixth-straight and seventh all-time win over the University of Miami with a 175-123 victory in last Saturday afternoon’s dual meet in Coral Gables. The 10 first-place finishes the Green and Blue registered were the product of six different Eagles. Leading the group for the second week in a row was Leter, who touched first as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team and finished first individually in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Joining Leter with three winning races was Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay and leader in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle. Before taking down The U, FGCU took down North Florida in the first dual meet of the season, giving the Eagles a 2-0 record this season.

Up next the Eagles will travel across the country to Los Angles for a quad meet against UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m.

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