Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving Travels to Tallahassee to Face FSU & Florida Southern
TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Coming off a pair of dual-meet wins in Salt Lake City last weekend, the No. 25 FGCU women’s swimming and diving team travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on No. 31 Florida State and Florida Southern for a two-day meet starting Friday at 5 p.m. and continuingSaturday at 10 a.m. West Florida will join the teams at the Morcom Aquatics Center, but the Argonauts won’t be in competition with the Green and Blue.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing Florida State again this weekend,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “They are a great team with a huge tradition, and it’s obviously a big meet for us. It will be another tough road test, but I’m hoping it will make my team stronger for championship season.”
Racing in high altitude last weekend, the Eagles won eight of 16 events against No. 38 Boise State and No. 47 Utah, receiving a pair of wins from Elise Haan (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) in the 100-yard backstroke (54.70) and 200-yard backstroke (2:02.39) and Katie Latham (Deal, Kent, United Kingdom/Sir Roger Manwood’s School) in the 50-yard freestyle (23.87) and 100-yard freestyle (52.00). In the diving events, Ashley Wright (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy/Indian River) turned in a pair of season-best efforts and top-three finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter dives with scores of 272.33 and 272.55, respectively. Haan earned her second-consecutive CCSA Women’s Swimmer of the Week honor for her efforts while Wright was also named the CCSA Women’s Diver of the Week. It marked the second time this season the Green and Blue have swept the CCSA weekly awards.
Through five meets this season, the Eagles have built an impressive resume with a trio of dual-meet wins over nationally-ranked opponents in No. 33 Notre Dame (158-104), No. 38 Boise State (159-140) and No. 47 Utah (165-135). Additionally, FGCU won its first conference dual-meet of the season by a 180-91 margin against UNF. In a pair of invitationals at the All Florida Invite and FGCU Classic this season, the Eagles finished fourth and second, respectively.
According to the CollegeSwimming.com Division I team rankings, FSU is currently ranked No. 31 in the country after coming off of a loss to No. 10 NC State. Top swims from the dual-meet on Oct. 24 came from sophomore Alexi Smith, who won the 50-yard freestyle (23.15) and placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (50.82), and freshman Megan Brown, who won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:00.60.
FGCU is 1-5 all-time against the Seminoles, but won the most recent dual-meet against the Garnet and Gold by a 186-148 margin at the FGCU Aquatics Center during the 2014-15 season. At the All Florida Invite earlier this season, the Green and Blue finished in fourth place, behind runner-up FSU.
SCOUTING FLORIDA SOUTHERN
The Florida Southern women’s swimming team is currently ranked No. 12 in the CollegeSwimming.com Division II team rankings. So far this season, the Mocs have posted a 1-0-1 dual-meet record after tying Tampa (131-131) on Oct. 16 and defeating Florida Tech (156-45) on Oct. 23. Top swims from the Mocs against Florida Tech came from senior Kelsey Gouge, who won the 50-yard freestyle (24.38) and 100-yard freestyle (52.93), and Jacinda Whittenburg, who won the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:32.96.
SCHEDULE OF COMPETITION (FGCU SEASON BESTS)
Friday – Starting at 5 p.m.
200 Medley Relay (Haan, Armitage, Wong, Julien – 1:41.74)
200 Free (Hannah Burdge/Linda Shaw – 1:51.98)
200 IM (Barbara Caraballo – 2:02.76)
50 Free (Katie Latham – 23.03)
200 Fly (Yee Ching Wong – 2:02.19)
200 Back (Elise Haan – 2:00.26)
500 Free (Lani Cabrera – 4:57.06)
200 Breast (Katie Armitage – 2:15.69)
400 Free Relay (Burdge, Caraballo, Latham, Armitage – 3:24.29)
3M Diving (Ashley Wright – 272.55)
Saturday – Starting at 10 a.m.
400 Medley Relay (Caraballo, Armitage, Wong, Latham – 3:45.02)
100 IM (Katie Latham – 57.73)
1000 Free (Lani Cabrera – 10:11.92)
100 Fly (Yee Ching Wong – 55.98)
100 Free (Katie Latham – 50.14)
100 Back (Elise Haan – 54.41)
100 Breast (Katie Armitage – 1:01.73)
200 Free Relay (Latham, Cabrera, Julien, Burdge – 1:34.23)
1M Diving (Ashley Wright – 272.33)
WE’RE NUMBER ONE
For the fifth consecutive week to start the 2015-16 season, the Green and Blue appeared in CollegeSwimming.com’s weekly rankings as the No. 1 Mid-Major program in the country and remain in the top 25 ahead of Arkansas, Virginia Tech, UCLA, LSU, Kentucky and FSU, among other prominent programs. In the Mid-Major poll, the Eagles have distanced themselves from the field as they hold nearly a 23-point advantage over No. 2 Nevada. Denver, Boise State and San Diego State round out the Mid-Major top five.
A year ago, FGCU earned a program-record 37.5 points and finished 26th overall at the NCAA Championships, which was also good for the top spot among Mid-Major schools.
CONFERENCE HONOR QUEENS
The Eagles have earned six CCSA weekly honors in only five weeks of competition this season, including a sweep of the CCSA weekly honors on a pair of occasions. Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) took home Swimmer of the Week honors while Wright was named the Diver of the Week following their success at the season-opening All Florida Invite. Following the FGCU Classic, Barbara Caraballo (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Indian River/Newsome HS) earned Swimmer of the Week honors after contributing to three relay victories. Most recently, Haan received the Swimmer of the Week award on back-to-back occasions. She turned in a pair of season bests in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes and swam a NCAA ‘B’ cut vs. Notre Dame, and improved her individual record to a perfect 4-0 with a pair of wins in both event vs. Utah and Boise State. Additionally, Wright completed the Eagles’ second CCSA weekly award sweep of the season with her performance in Salt Lake City.
After their trip to Tallahassee, the Green and Blue will compete at the three-day Georgia Tech Invite beginning Thursday, Nov. 19 and wrapping up Saturday, Nov. 21.