Florida Gulf Coast’s Elise Haan Named CCSA Swimmer of the Week
By George Nunnelley
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – FGCU freshman Elise Haan has been named the CCSA Swimmer of the Week after going a perfect 4-0 and contributing 40 points toward a 158-104 win against Notre Dame, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m happy for Elise,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “She had a great first meet and put up some impressive times. Elise works hard every day and deserves the accolades that come with her performances.”
In her first meet as an Eagle, Haan (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) swam to a pair of victories in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes with times of 54.41 seconds and 2:00.26, respectively. Both times were not only season bests for FGCU, but also the top times in the CCSA this season – clear of second place by more than two seconds in both events. Haan’s time in the 100-yard event was the seventh-fastest mark in FGCU program history and the 17th-fastest time in the NCAA this season – first among Mid-Major swimmers. Additionally, she swam her way to a NCAA ‘B’ cut in the event.
In the team events, Haan helped lead both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay to victories. She swam the opening leg of the medley relay and clocked the fastest 50-yard split in the backstroke with a time of 25.72 seconds as the quartet touched the pads in a season-best time of 1:41.74. Then, to cap off the meet, the Naples native swam the final leg of the freestyle relay and again turned in the fastest 100-yard split with a time of 50.46 seconds. The FGCU quartet touched the pads in 3:24.38, just .09 seconds shy of a season best and FGCU Aquatics Center record.
WE’RE NUMBER ONE
For the fourth consecutive week, the Green and Blue appeared in CollegeSwimming.com’s weekly rankings as the No. 1 Mid-Major program in the country. FGCU jumped five spots after taking down the Fighting Irish last weekend and registered at No. 23 overall with 719.52 points. The Eagles came in ahead of Arkansas (716.35), Virginia Tech (715. 24), UCLA (714.39), LSU (714.28), Kentucky (713.07), FSU (706.48) and Washington State (702.86) to round out the top 30.
“Seeing us at No. 23 right now is a nice reward for the way the girls have swam the early part of the season,” Studd said. “The team keeps improving and working on the little things. We’re looking forward to getting back in the pool and continuing to push toward another strong showing at the NCAA’s come March.”
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
Haan’s recognition marks the fourth time this season the Eagles have earned CCSA weekly honors, including a sweep of the first wave of CCSA weekly honors on Sept. 30. Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) took home Swimmer of the Week honors while Ashley Wright (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Indian River/Lincoln Park Academy) 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 distinction after contributing to three relay victories.
Coming off a record-breaking win against No. 31 Notre Dame, the No. 23 FGCU swimming & diving team heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, for a tri-meet against No. 35 Boise State and No. 44 Utah at the Ute Natatorium on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
Florida Swim Network