Florida Gulf Coast Swimming & Diving Improves Record to 6-0 with Tri-Meet Wins
By George Nunnelley
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Entering the second day of competition with a comfortable lead over both No. 31 Florida State and Florida Southern, the No. 25 FGCU swimming and diving team cruised to a pair of dual-meet victories at the Morcom Aquatics Center in Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend. The Green and Blue defeated FSU 220.5-132.5 and took down the Mocs 301-40.
“Today was another great day in which we performed extremely well in the swimming events,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “I’m so proud of this team and the way they fight, the way they support each other and the way they handle themselves. They are a class act and I could not be happier.”
The Eagles are now 6-0 in dual meets this season with four of those wins coming over nationally-ranked opponents in No. 33 Notre Dame (158-104), No. 38 Boise State (159-140), No. 47 Utah (165-135) and Saturday’s win against FSU.
This weekend’s victory against the Seminoles marks FGCU’s second-consecutive win over the Garnet and Gold. A season ago, the Green and Blue defeated FSU for the first time in program history by a margin of 186-148 at the FGCU Aquatics Center.
FGCU won seven of nine events on Saturday and turned in four season-best performances. Overall in the two-day event, the Green and Blue finished first in 15 of 19 events while recording 10 season-best efforts.
Highlighting Saturday’s events, Lani Cabrera (Bridgetown, Barbados/St. Ursala’s Secondary School) improved her record in the 1000-yard freestyle to 4-0 this season with a personal-best time of 10:04.08, more than seven seconds faster than her previous best against Notre Dame this season. Cabrera not only defeated the field by more than six seconds, but also turned in the second-best time in program history, less than five seconds shy of Leah Daniel’s school record at the 2009 CCSA Championships. Linda Shaw (Leeds, United Kingdom/Roundhay HS) finished third in the event after swimming a season-best time of 10:14.39.
Elise Haan (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) improved her individual record to 7-0 to start her collegiate career with a win in the 100-yard backstroke after swimming a time of 54.73 seconds, marking the third consecutive week the freshman swam a time good enough to achieve a NCAA ‘B’ cut in the event.
Barbara Caraballo (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Newsome HS/Indian River) continued to emerge as FGCU’s top IM swimmer as she won the 100-yard event in a season-best time of 57.47 seconds. Teammate Katie Latham (Deal, Kent, United Kingdom/Sir Roger Manwood’s School) finished third in the event after touching the pads in 57.80 seconds. Later, Latham won her seventh individual event of the season and notched her third-consecutive win in the 100-yard freestyle after swimming a race of 50.62 seconds.
Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) won her fifth-consecutive 100-yard breaststroke event to start the season after clocking a time of 1:02.25. Teammate Evita Leter (Paramaribo, Suriname/Doral Academy) finished third in the event as she swam race of 1:03.72.
The Eagles swept Saturday’s relay events with a pair of season-best efforts and first-place finishes to begin and end the day’s swimming events. The 400-yard medley team of Haan, Armitage, Yee Ching Wong (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls’ School) and Hannah Burdge (Stuart, Fla./Martin County HS) got the day started with a win in the event in a time of 3:43.96. Lastly, the 200-yard freestyle team of Latham, Haan, Caraballo and Armitage capped off the meet as they swam a race of 1:33.33, finishing just ahead of a pair of FSU quartets.
Additionally, Wong tied for second in the 100-yard butterfly with FSU’s Leila Johnston after touching the pads in 56.20 seconds. West Florida’s Peggy de Villiers won the event. However, the Green and Blue weren’t in competition with the Argonauts this weekend.
FGCU SEASON-BEST TIMES SATURDAY
400 Medley Relay: 3:43.96 (Haan, Armitage, Wong, Burdge)
100 IM: 57.47 (Barbara Caraballo)
1000 Free: 10:04.08 (Lani Cabrera)
200 Free Relay: 1:33.33 (Latham, Haan, Caraballo, Armitage)
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.
Florida Swim Network