FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 28 FGCU swimming & diving program turned in 12 season-best times and improved its dual meet record to 2-0 on the season after defeating Notre Dame by a final score of 158-104 on Friday at the FGCU Aquatics Center. The Eagles won 11 of 14 events during the meet.
“I was really pleased with the way the girls swam tonight,” said FGCU head coachNeal Studd. “We knew we would have our hands full with Notre Dame coming in, but the team responded well and was able to get out to an early lead. We’ll look to keep the momentum going in the coming meets.”
Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) highlighted the evening with a pair of pool records in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. The sophomore touched the pads in times of 1:01.73 and 2:15.69, respectively, and edged out her own time in the 100-yard race and Ohio State’s Taylor Vargo’s time in the 200-yard event. Both efforts also qualified Armitage for the NCAA ‘B’ cut.
Also, swimming in the first meet of her FGCU career after gaining NCAA eligibility earlier this week, Elise Haan (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) earned a pair of wins in the 100 and 200 backstrokes after clocking season-best times of 54.41 seconds and 2:00.26 seconds, respectively. Like Armitage, Haan’s time in the 100 backstroke earned her NCAA ‘B’ cut qualifications.
The 200 medley relay team of Haan, Armitage, Yee Ching Wong (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls’ School) and Kristin Julien (San Fernand, Trinidad & Tobago/St. Stephen’s College) got the meet started with a season-best time of 1:41.74 in the event and set the table for what was to come.
Lani Cabrera (Bridgetown, Barbados/St. Ursala’s Secondary School) then swam to a season- and personal-best time in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:11.92. Her pace was also good for the fourth-best mark in program history. Later, Cabrera finished second in the 500 freestyle in a season-best time of 4:57.32.
Wong turned in yet another season-best effort in the 200 butterfly as she touched the pads in 2:02.19. In the following events, Katie Latham (Deal, Kent, United Kingdom/Sir Roger Manwood’s School) swam to a pair of victories and recorded season-best times in both the 50 freestyle (23.03) and 100 freestyle (50.14). Barbara Caraballo (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Indian River/Newsome HS) turned in the final season-best time of the meet as she clocked a 2:02.76 in the 200 IM and defeated the field by nearly four seconds.
Lastly, FGCU’s 400 freestyle relay quartet of Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy), Hannah Burdge (Stuart, Fla./Martin County HS), Latham and Haan capped off the meet with a victory in a time of 3:24.38, just .09 seconds off of a season-best pace and pool record.
FGCU SEASON-BEST TIMES FRIDAY
200 Medley Relay: 1:41.74 (Haan, Armitage, Wong, Julien)
1000 Free: 10:11:92 (Lani Cabrera)
T-200 Free: 1:51.98 (Hannah Burdge)
100 Back: 54.41 (Elise Haan) – NCAA ‘B’ cut
100 Breast: 1:01.73 (Katie Armitage) – NCAA ‘B’ Cut/FGCU Aquatics Center Record
200 Fly: 2:02.19 (Yee Ching Wong)
T-50 Free: 23.03 (Katie Latham)
100 Free: 50.14 (Katie Latham)
200 Back: 2:00.26 (Elise Haan)
200 Breast: 2:15.69 (Katie Armitage) – NCAA ‘B’ Cut/FGCU Aquatics Center Record
500 Free: 4:57.32 (Lani Cabrera)
200 IM: 2:02.76 (Barbara Caraballo)
Following their dual meet against the Fighting Irish, the Eagles will continue action with a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on Utah and Boise State on Friday Oct. 30.
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HEAD COACH NEAL STUDD
Neal Studd, who has garnered five CCSA Coach of the Year awards, won six CCSA Championships (2009-13, 2015) and guided the Eagles to a 29-1 (.967) CCSA all-time record since FGCU started its program in 2007. In just four years of postseason eligibility, Studd has coached NCAA Championship Meet qualifiers and competitors each of the four years, with 2015 yielding the best results to date as the Eagles finished a mid-major best 26th and produced four CSCAA All-America honorees.
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