Barbara Caraballo Named CCSA Swimmer of the Week
By George Nunnelley
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the second consecutive week to start the season, the FGCU swimming and diving program took home CCSA Swimmer of the Week honors as Barbara Caraballo was named the recipient of the weekly award by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m happy for Barbara,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “She had a strong meet and really helped the team in all areas. Her ability to swim a number of strokes kept her busy throughout the meet, and she showed a lot of fight.”
Caraballo (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Indian River/Newsome HS) helped secure 128.5 points for the Eagles as they concluded the FGCU Classic in second place with 394.5 points and finished behind only nationally-ranked Ohio State (410). The Green and Blue finished ahead of South Carolina (346), Rutgers (297.5), Buffalo (258) and Grand Canyon (247).
In only her second meet as an Eagle, the junior transfer contributed to three wins as she was a member of the 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. The relay times of 1:41.84, 3:24.29 and 3:45.02, respectively, were each good for FGCU season bests.
Individually, Caraballo finished tied for first in the 100 IM with a time of 57.94 seconds and followed her performance with a second-place finish in the 200 IM as she touched the pads in 2:04.15. On Friday, Caraballo finished second in the ‘B’ final of the 400 IM. However, her time of 4:26.62 was good for the third-fastest overall. All three individual marks were also good for FGCU season-bests.
After a pair of impressive performances to start the season, FGCU entered the first of CollegeSwimming.com’s weekly rankings 10th overall and first among Mid-Major programs, the organization announced on Tuesday.
“It’s rewarding to be national ranked even though it’s early in the season,” Studd said. “I hope we can be there at the end of the season when it really counts.”
CollegeSwimming.com top-10 (women):
Florida – 746.76
Duke – 721.66
California – 718.04
Ohio State – 717.86
Penn State – 716.72
Indiana – 708.21
Missouri – 704.93
Alabama – 703.59
FSU – 701.38
FGCU – 699.82
A year ago, the Eagles earned a program-record 37.5 points and finished 26th overall at the NCAA Championships, good for the top spot among Mid-Major schools.
CONFERENCE HONOR QUEENS
The Eagles have earned three CCSA weekly honors this season after sweeping the first wave of CCSA weekly honors on Sept. 30. Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) took home Swimmer of the Week honors while Ashley Wright (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Indian River/Lincoln Park Academy) was named the Diver of the Week following their success at the season-opening All Florida Invite.
The Green and Blue hit the road for their first conference dual-meet of the 2015-16 season as they travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on A-Sun foe UNF on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 12 p.m.