Florida Gulf Coast Turns in Record-Breaking Performance at Day One of CCSA Championships
By George Nunnelley
ATHENS, Ga. – In defense of its 2015 CCSA Championship and looking for its seventh conference crown in a span of eight years, the No. 29 FGCU swimming and diving team got out to an early lead after winning two of three events during day one of the 2016 CCSA Championships at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium.
“It was a great first night with two huge relay wins,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “We put some points up on the board and are looking forward to another big day tomorrow.”
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the FGCU team of Elise Haan (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS), Linda Shaw (Leeds, United Kingdom/Roundhay HS), Barbara Caraballo (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Indian River/Newsome HS) and Lani Cabrera (Bridgetown, Barbados/St. Ursula’s Secondary School) not only took home the conference title after touching the pads in 7:13.83, but also defeated the field by nearly eight seconds and shattered both the FGCU and CCSA records in the event. The previous program-record time of 17:16.90 was set at last year’s CCSA Championships, while the conference-record time of 7:16.58 was accomplished by former CCSA opponent Davidson at the 2014 conference meet.
Additionally, the quartet of Haan, Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey), Fanny Teijonsalo (Espoo, Finland/Makelanrinteen Lukio) and Katie Latham (Deal, Kent, United Kingdom/Sir Roger Manwood’s School) not only won the 200-yard medley relay in a season-best time of 1:37.66, but also eclipsed the NCAA ‘B’ cut standard. The FGCU relay defeated runner-up Liberty by nearly two seconds, while their time was only 0.11 seconds off the pace that led the Eagles to a program-best, eighth-place finish in the event at last year’s NCAA Championships.
In the diving portion of today’s championships, Mikaila Buening (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community HS) turned in a personal-best score of 264.35 off of the three-meter boards to finish runner-up in the event. Competing in their first meet with the Green and Blue, Ashley Detuzzi (Old Lyme, Conn./Old Lyme HS) and Margot Kessler (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community HS) finished 10th and 11th, respectively, with scores of 125.05 and 119.35.
200 Medley Relay
1. Haan, Armitage, Teijonsalo, Latham – 1:37.66 (NCAA ‘B’ cut)
800 Free Relay
1. Haan, Shaw, Caraballo, Cabrera – 7:13.83
2. Mikaila Buening – 264.35
10. Ashley Detuzzi – 125.05
11. Margot Kessler – 119.35
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1. FGCU – 189
2. Liberty – 179
3. Incarnate Word – 169
4. Georgia Southern – 163
5. Gardner-Webb – 106
6. Campbell – 98
7. UNC Asheville – 94
8. UNF – 90
9. Howard – 80
10. VMI – 66
North Carolina A&T – 66
Day two of the CCSA Championships will take place on Thursday, beginning with preliminary races at 10 a.m. and followed by final events at 6 p.m. A list of tomorrow’s events and FGCU’s season-best times includes:
500 Free (Lani Cabrera – 4:47.43)
200 IM (Barbara Caraballo – 2:00.53)
50 Free (Katie Latham – 22.32)
200 Free Relay (Latham, Julien, Caraballo, Armitage – 1:30.61)
Florida Swim Network