LOS ANGELES – Facing fierce PAC 12 competition, the FGCU swimming & diving team set five season-high times as it picked up a win over Oregon State on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles. Competing in a quad-meet, the Eagles soared past the Beavers, but fell to Big West member UC Santa Barbara and UCLA, which received votes in the latest installment of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Top 25.
The Green and Blue tallied one first-place, six second-place and four third-place finishes in the four-way battle. Continuing to lead the Eagles for the second meet in a row was junior Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) as she finished in at least third place in every event she swam.
“We had some great races today,” assistant coach April Woo said. “The girls swam really well especially after a long day of traveling yesterday. Emma had a great meet taking home an individual title and recording some of the fastest times this season. Overall we had an awesome time on the road. Our team spirit was amazing; the best I’ve ever seen.”
Touching first in one of her signature races, the 50-yard freestyle, Svensson clocked a 23.26, the fastest time the Eagles have seen so far this season. She continued her successful ways of short-course freestyle in the 100-yard race with a second-place finish and another season high of 50.83.
Over to backstroke, Svensson finished third in the 100-yard race (55.55) after combining with Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy), Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) and Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy) to take second place in the 200 medley relay (1:43.51).
Rounding out the list of season bests were Nina Schiffer’s (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund) second-place finishes in the 500 free (4:55.96) and 200 IM (2:07.26) and fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:04.44).
Posting the remaining top finishes were three other Eagles whose top results have become a routine expectation in seemingly every meet this season. Continuing to pace the team in breaststroke was Leter as she placed second in the 100-yard race with a 1:04.45. Distance-freestyler Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) stayed true to form as she claimed third place in the 1000-yard event (10:20.36). Toussaint touched second in 200 backstroke (2:01.86) and picked up a third-place finish in 100 butterfly (57.54).
In the final event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, FGCU took home second, sixth and seventh places. The team of Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson), Leter, Cabrera and Hamilton led the pack with a time of 1:37.19. Closey behind were Sandra Wilk (Lexington, Ky./Paul Laurence Dunbar HS), Kristen Goodson (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/UConn), Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) and Schiffer in sixth place (1:39.71). Combining to take seventh were Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista), Heather Coutts (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny/Houston), Cassie Niles (Helotes, Texas/Sandra Day O'Connor) and Meghan McGuirk (Plaistow, N.H./Peddie School) (1:40.16).
Once they return to The Nest, the Eagles will hit the road again as they travel to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Invitational Nov. 22-24. It will be the team’s final meet of the fall season.
UCLA 198, UCSB 99
UCLA 179, OSU 77
UCLA 201, FGCU 98
UCSB 179, OSU 77
UCSB 152.5, FGCU 144.5
FGCU 179, OSU 80