ATLANTA – Building upon their successful foundation built during day one, the FGCU Swimming and Diving team left day two of the Georgia Tech Invite remaining in second place after sprinting to three FGCU program records.
Holding the top spot is the University of Tennessee with 741.5 points while FGCU trails the Vols with 681.5. Georgia Tech claims third (647.5), Vanderbilt in fourth (490.5), James Madison in fifth (463), Miami in sixth (282.5) and FAU in seventh (166).
“Another great day for us today,” head coach Neal Studd said. “Three varsity records and a lot of season-best times. The girls are fighting hard and are looking to finish strong in day three!”
Continuing on to the 400-IM finals were Nina Schiffer (Dortmund, Germany/SG Dortmund), Caroline Hamilton (Davidsonville, Md./Archbishop Spalding HS) and Karen Vilorio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras/Elvel School). Vilorio led the trio placing fourth (4:22.80), followed by Schiffer in eighth (4:24.22) and Hamilton in 10th (4:28.79).
Next came the 100-yard butterfly where Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) placed second posting the Eagles first program-record of the night with a time of 54.65.
Adding points in the 200-yard freestyle were Kira Toussaint (Amstelveen, Netherlands/Keizer Karel College) and Lani Cabrera (Barbados/St. Ursala's Secondary School). Toussaint led the pair to set a program record with a time of 1:48.58 to claim second place as Cabrera followed touching in eighth with a 1:52.00.
Representing FGCU in the 100-yard breaststroke final were two of the team’s first-year members, Tryshia Centeno Rosa (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico/Auburn University) and Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/ St. Brendan HS). Leter placed fourth after posting a 1:02.97, followed by Centeno in sixth with a 1:03.85.
Earning four finishes in the top-10, the 100-yard backstroke was another event where the Eagles showed they were nothing to dismiss. Winning the race was Toussaint recording a program-record 52.65, followed by Svensson in third (55.88), Vilorio in eighth (56.81) and Sandra Wilk (Lexington, Ky./Paul Lawrence Dunbar HS) in ninth (56.83).
The final event of the evening was the 800-yard freestyle relay, where the team of Cabrera, Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista), Devon Robins (London, United Kingdom/The Grey Coat Hospital) and Toussaint united to finish in fourth place while posting a time of 7:25.12.
The Eagles will return to the pool for the final day of competition, Sunday, with prelims starting at 9:00 a.m. and finals at 3:00 p.m.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Sunday, November 24:
Prelims 9:00 a.m.
Finals 3:00 p.m.