The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle swimmers are going for their 8th CCSA Championship in their 10-year history.
Coached by first year Dave Rollins, the team can already call the season a success. The team has complied a record of 9-3 on the season so far and is undefeated among conference opponents. They are currently ranked first in the CCSA and 34th nationally by College Swimming.
The Eagles have also set a new school record in the 200 Free Relay which is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA. Set by Katie Latham, Hannah Burdge, Gracie Redding, and Fanny Teijonsalo. All four are sophomores and broke a record that was set with 2 NCAA All-Americans.
In the 200 Fly, Christina Kaas Elmgreen, a sophomore from Chalottenlund, Denmark, reset her own school record, and currently ranks 30th in the NCAA
Meanwhile in the 100 IM, Fanny currently ranks 5th in the NCAA.
Internationally, Fanny represented Finland at the 2016 World Championships where she placed 15th in the 100m IM. Evita Leter was named the 2016 Suriname Female Swimmer of the Year.
Looking for Financial Help
The Eagle program is hoping to travel and compete together at the upcoming CCSA Conference Championships (February 15-18th).
However, due to their current budget constraints, the University (while providing so much already) is not able to cover the costs of the entire Eagle team. Having the entire team together in pursuit of their 8th conference title, not only raises FGCU’s chances of winning, but also provides an incredible student-athlete experience that the swimmers will remember for a lifetime.
The school estimates that it costs approximately $750 to send each student-athlete. Appreciative of any potential donation you could possibly afford, the Eagles’ goal is to cover the cost for 10 student-athletes.
Leading by Example
Understanding the need to lead by example, this year 100% of the school’s Athletic Department staff made a donation in support of all the athletic programs and student-athletes. Likewise, the teams have received great backing from the FGCU student body and the greater Southwest Florida community.
To support these swimmers, you can click the “Donate Now” button on the FGCU Athletics website and designate your contribution to Swimming and Diving