Emma Svensson Named to FGCU Hall of Fame
By Danny Hunt
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Just one year after the Eagles witnessed their fourth student-athlete in school history join the FGCU Hall of Fame, the Blue and Green are proud to see another senior be named to the prestigious ranks. The swimming & diving program record-holder Emma Svensson, was selected as part of the impressive 2015 class.
Individuals selected demonstrated superior leadership, integrity and achievement through their leadership qualities, service, academic achievement and contribution to the FGCU community.
Emma Svensson (Upsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) has maintained a 3.89 GPA as an economics major and an honors student at the same time as she has set multiple program records in the swimming pool.
The Swede became the captain of the FGCU swim team in 2013 and has been a mainstay on the FGCU’s President List for the last three years. Svensson was a research assistant for the FGCU Honors Program last year while having a concentration on the Eurozone crisis and finding business applications of calculus and behavioral economics. The mathmatics minor has spent her time volunteering in the community through the FGCU Actuarial Science Club, Hope for Haiti and Mesina Children’s Hospital.
“I am very honored to be selected to this year’s Hall of Fame,” said Svensson. “I am thankful for the opportunity that the honors program, the athletic department, my professors, classmates and other friends have given me to contribute to the FGCU community. Success is a team effort, and during my time at FGCU I have been encouraged to let my curiosity lead the way for my learning, which is something I will find useful for my future career whether it be in academia or as a business professional.”
As a freshman in 2011-12, Svensson became the first Eagles’ swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships. She was named a Mid-Major All-American and earned CCSA All-Conference honors in addition to being honored as CCSA’s Most Outstanding Female Freshman Performer of the Championship Meet.
Her dominance continued throughout her sophomore campaign as she was selected as the NCAA Elite 89 Award Winner, again qualifying for the NCAA Championships while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and also notched her first CCSA Swimmer of the Year award.
She followed the impressive performance with a 2013-14 that saw her receive College Swimming Coaches Association of America Honorable Mention All-America and set six FGCU program records: two individually; 50 free (22.09), 100 free (49.13) and four as a member of a relay team; 200 free (1:30.24), 400 free (3:20.13), 200 medley (1:38.63), 400 medley (3:40.69). Her performances in the 50 free and 400 free relays also set CCSA records. At the NCAA Championships, she scored FGCU points for the first time in program history, placing 12th in the 50-yard freestyle with a 22.33 time.
This season, the Swedish standout continued her spree of shattering records at the 2015 CCSA Championship meet, breaking her own mark in the 50 free with a new CCSA and FGCU-program record time of 21.98. She was named CCSA Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Championship Meet and will again lead the Eagles into the NCAA Championships later this week.
“Emma never ceases to amaze us,” said head coach Neal Studd. “She is outstanding in everything she does. What a great way to cap out four tremendous years at FGCU. I am so incredibly proud of her.”
The duo joins 2013 graduates in women’s swimming & diving’s Shannon Blizzard and men’s soccer’s Deion Jones, 2012 graduate men’s tennis player Steve Binninger and 2014 graduate women’s basketball star Sarah Hansen as the first six Eagles to ever receive the illustrious honor.
Florida Swim Network