FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Despite deciding to forgo the final events Sunday afternoon, the FGCU swimming & diving team turned in a third-place finish at the All Florida Invite held at the NSU Aquatic Center this weekend.
The Eagles tallied 692 points in the two-plus days and finished behind Florida (1076) and Miami (744), who completed the three-day event. Host Nova Southeastern (617) and Keiser (38) rounded out the field with fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
“Overall, the team did a great job this weekend,” said FGCU head coach Dave Rollins. “Our team spirit was off the charts, and we were consistently the most vocal team. This early in the season, we have been focused on building our base and getting into shape. It was apparent in our racing details. We will focus on building from here and sharpening our race strategy and details. We have our annual Blue vs Green meet this coming Saturday and then welcome a handful of top 25 teams at the FGCU Invite. It was great to have this weekend to travel with the team and watch them compete.”
In the preliminary events Sunday, FGCU advanced eight swimmers to the ‘A’ finals before deciding to depart early. Also, three Eagle swimmers in Linda Shaw (Leeds, United Kingdom/Roundhay HS), Melissa Marinheiro (Davie, Fla./Broward HS) and Alexis Simpson (Beckley, W.Va./Gulf Coast HS) added 23 points for the Green and Blue in the 1650 free.
Up next, FGCU returns to Fort Myers to hold the annual Green/Blue Scrimmage Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. before welcoming a pair of top-tier opponents for the FGCU Classic the following weekend.