ATLANTA – As the opening round of competition draws to a close, the FGCU Swimming and Diving team exits the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center sitting in second place after day one of the Georgia Tech Invite. After posting an FGCU program record and racking up four first-place finishes in the five events of day one it’s clear that Eagles came to Atlanta looking to make a statement.
Holding the top spot is the University of Tennessee with 328 points while FGCU sits directly behind the Vols with 326. Georgia Tech is listed in third (265), James Madison in fourth (219), Vanderbilt in fifth (165), Miami in sixth (115) and FAU in seventh (102).
“Overall we had an awesome first day,” head coach Neal Studd said. “We had some amazing races including a new school record in the 400-medley relay to end the day. Kira’s 100-backstroke is faster than what was needed to qualify for last year’s NCAA final. Winning four of five events tonight was special and we’re looking to keep it rolling tomorrow.”
The evening began with the 200-yard freestyle relay where Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy), Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College), Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) and Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) combined to finish in first-place clocking a 1:31.47.
Sophomore Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School) came back to race in the 500-yard free where she placed first after swimming a personal-best 4:49.72. Joining Cabrera in the finals were Nina Schiffer (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund) placing fifth with a time of 4:52.53 and Caroline Hamilton (Davidsonville, Md./Archbishop Spalding HS) placing eighth with a 4:58.28.
Finishing the 200 I.M. in a consecutive order were Tryshia Centeno Rosa (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico/Auburn University), Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School) and Hannah Soutar (Edinburgh, Scotland/Broughton HS). Centeno led the group with a time of 2:05.41 to claim fifth place, followed by Vilorio in sixth with a 2:07.48 and Soutar in seventh with a 2:07.84.
Adding more points for the Eagles were Svensson, Toussaint and Tanninen as they represented FGCU in the 50-yard freestyle A final. Svensson placed first after posting a 22.77, followed by Toussaint in fourth with a 23.13 and Tanninen in sixth with a 23.59.
The final event of the evening was the 400-yard medley relay, where the team of Toussaint, Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy), Hamilton and Svensson pulled out a first-place finish posting a program record 3:40.69.
The Eagles will return to the pool for day two of the competition, with prelims starting at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 6:00 p.m.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, November 23:
Prelims 10:00 a.m.
Finals 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 24:
Prelims 9:00 a.m.
Finals 3:00 p.m.