#31 FGCU Takes on Crop of Power-Five Programs at Georgia Tech Invite

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FGCU at Georgia Tech

From FGCUAthletics.com

ATLANTA – Coming off nearly two weeks of rest following its in-state showdown with FSU, the #31 FGCU swimming & diving team returns to competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational held from Thursday through Saturday at the McAuley Aquatic Center. Preliminary events during each day of competition begin at 10 a.m. with final events scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

“This is a very exciting time for our team,” said FGCU head coach Dave Rollins. “This is our first chance to see how the swimmers respond to a little bit of rest and a great chance for our divers to compete against some excellent competition. This meet will be an excellent test of our training so far this season, and we are looking forward to some great performances.”

Live stats for both swimming and diving events during each day of competition can be found here. Additionally, a live stream link will be posted on FGCUAthletics.com when it is made available.

SEASON OVERVIEW
Through five weeks of competition, the Green and Blue have posted a 7-3 dual-meet record and are currently ranked #31 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com poll. Additionally, following a hard-fought defeat to the Seminoles two weeks ago, FGCU took over the top spot among Mid-Major programs.

The Eagles kicked off its dual season with an impressive win against CCSA rival UNF before embarking on a West Coast road trip against #4 USC – it’s highest-ranked opponent in program history – and #19 UCLA among a crop of other programs. Most recently, FGCU cemented its rivalry with #30 FSU as one of the best in the state as the two teams duked it out in a two-day quad meet with the Seminoles ultimately emerging victorious.

Prior to its dual season, the Green and Blue finished third at the All-Florida Invitational and fourth at the high-profile FGCU Classic, which included three women’s teams – Ohio State, Virginia Tech and LSU – that finished in the top-27 at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

CONFERENCE HONORS
The Eagles have racked up seven weekly honors through five weeks of competition, including a sweep of the CCSA Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards on three occasions. A complete list of this year’s award winners is included below.

Swimmer of the Week:
Christina Kaas Elmgreen (Oct. 4) – All Florida Invite
Katie Latham (Oct. 11) – FGCU Classic
Elizabeth Zeiger (Oct. 26) – USC/UCLA
Sandra Wilk (Nov. 8) – FSU/Florida Southern/West Florida

Diver of the Week:
Ashley Wright (Oct. 4) – All Florida Invite
Ashley Wright (Oct. 26) – USC/UCLA
Ashley Wright (Nov. 8) – FSU/Florida Southern/West Florida

NCAA TOP TIMES
FGCU currently ranks in the top-15 in the country in a trio of relay events including the 200 and 400 free relays, which rank 14th and 11th, respectively, as well as the 200 medley relay, which ranks tied for 15th. Details of each event are included below.

200 free relay: Katie Latham, Fanny Teijonsalo, Gracie Redding and Hannah Burdge – 1:31.74
400 free relay: Katie Latham, Fanny Teijonsalo, Gracie Redding and Hannah Burdge – 3:21.62
200 medley relay: Fanny Teijonsalo, Evita Leter, Gracie Redding and Katie Latham – 1:40.06

FGCU AT THE GEORGIA TECH INVITE
The Green and Blue posted a trio of school records, all turned in by former Eagle and distance freestyler Lani Cabrera, en route to finishing third among 18 programs at last year’s Georgia Tech Invite. The third-place finish matched the Eagles finish in 2010 for the third best in program history at the three-day event. FGCU finished second in back-to-back trips to Atlanta in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, following its impressive performance a season ago, FGCU achieved its highest ranking in program history after being ranked #19 by CollegeSwimming.com.

THE COMPETITION
Of the 16 men’s and women’s swimming teams competing this weekend, five travel to Atlanta ranked in the latest CSCAA Poll. Alabama’s men’s team is ranked #8, while Auburn’s women’s team is tabbed #11. Both Florida programs appear in the rankings with the men at #9 and the women ranked #16. Additionally, host Georgia Tech’s men’s team is ranked #24. This weekend will mark the fifth time this season the Eagles have competed against ranked opponents.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Swimming Diving
Alabama Alabama
Arkansas* Arkansas*
Auburn* Auburn
Campbell BYU
East Carolina Clemson*
Florida FGCU*
FGCU* Georgia Southern*
Georgia Southern* Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech East Carolina
South Carolina South Carolina

*Designates women’s only competing

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday – Prelims at 10 a.m.; Finals at 5:30 p.m.

Events FGCU Season Best Times
200 free relay Latham/Teijonsalo/Redding/Burdge – 1:31.74
500 free Elizabeth Zeiger – 4:57.16
200 IM Barbara Caraballo – 2:03.52
50 free Katie Latham – 23.15
3m dive (women’s) Ashley Wright – 284.15 (NCAA)
1m dive (men’s) N/A
400 medley relay Teijonsalo/Leter/Kaas Elmgreen/Latham – 3:44.86

Saturday – Prelims at 10 a.m.; Finals at 5:30 p.m.

Events FGCU Season Best Times
200 medley relay Teijonsalo/Leter/Redding/Latham – 1:40.06
400 IM Elizabeth Zeiger – 4:18.28 (NCAA ‘B’)
100 fly Christina Kaas Elmgreen – 55.38
200 free Hannah Burdge – 1:50.21
100 breast Evita Leter – 1:04.61
100 back Fanny Teijonsalo – 55.70
1m dive (women’s) Ashley Wright – 282.95 (NCAA)
3m dive (men’s) N/A
800 free relay Burdge/Me. Marinheiro/Caraballo/Shaw – 7:38.78

Sunday – Prelims at 10 a.m.; Finals at 5:30 p.m.

Events FGCU Season Best Times
1650 free Linda Shaw – 17:46.71
200 back Sandra Wilk – 2:01.02
100 free Hannah Burdge – 50.71
200 breast Elizabeth White – 2:21.16
200 fly Christina Kaas Elmgreen – 1:59.22 (NCAA B)
Platform dive N/A
400 free relay Latham/Teijonsalo/Redding/Burdge – 3:21.62