By George Nunnelley
ATLANTA – FGCU freshman Elise Haan qualified for the NCAA final and got the Eagles on the scoreboard while Fanny Teijonsalo put together a solid performance at day two of the NCAA Championships being held at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.
“It was another good day for us,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “It’s always good to score points at this meet even though tonight wasn’t quite as fast as this morning. We’re looking forward to closing it out with a good performance tomorrow.”
Haan (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) clocked a time of 52.33 seconds and finished 16th in the 100-yard backstroke, getting the Eagles on the scoreboard at the NCAA Championships for the third-consecutive season and becoming just the third FGCU individual swimmer to earn points at the championship meet.
In the morning session, Haan qualified for the final event with a time of 51.76 seconds, which was good for the 13th-fastest of the championships and would’ve put her in last year’s NCAA ‘A’ Final. Her time was a personal-best in the individual event after the Naples native set the FGCU record with a 100-yard split of 51.65 seconds in the medley relay at the CCSA Championships. At the start of the day, Haan scratched from the 200-yard freestyle to focus on the backstroke.
Also in the preliminary events, Teijonsalo (Espoo, Finland/Makelanrinteen Lukio) finished 32nd in the 100-yard butterfly after touching the pads in 53.15 seconds. She qualified with the 27th-fastest time after clocking a school-record time of 52.47 seconds at last month’s conference meet and today’s mark was good for the second-fastest in program history.
FGCU’s schedule for the final day of competition is included below.
Elise Haan – 200 Back
Katie Latham – 100 Free
Fanny Teijonsalo – 100 Free
Saturday night’s finals will be streamed live beginning at 6 p.m. on ESPN3. Prelims will be streamed through Atlanta Swimming.