FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 28 FGCU swimming & diving team hosts Notre Dame for the first time in program history on Friday at 5 p.m. at the FGCU Aquatics Center. Coming off a 180-91 win against CCSA foe UNF, the Eagles hope to notch their second dual meet victory of the young season.
“We’re excited to have Notre Dame here,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “They’re obviously a big-time program with a lot of resources, so we’re going to have our hands full this weekend. We’ve done well in the past with being the underdog, and we’re going to try our best this weekend.”
Through three meets this season, the Green and Blue have finished fourth at the All-Florida Invite, second at the FGCU Classic behind No. 21 Ohio State and won their first dual meet of the season against CCSA opponent UNF.
During their most recent meet in Jacksonville, FGCU won 14 of 15 events as they nearly doubled the Ospreys’ point total. Senior Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy), junior Hannah Soutar (Edinburg, Scotland/Broughton HS) and freshman Kiley Eble (Cleveland, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) each earned a pair of wins, with Eble’s being her first as a collegiate student-athlete. The Green and Blue also finished first in both the 200 medley relay (1:47.71) and 200 freestyle relay (1:39.14) and tallied a total of 28 points in the team events.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FGCU’s annual pink shirt will be available at the aquatics center with short-sleeved shirts on sale for $10 and long-sleeved shirts available for $15. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame got its 2015-16 season off to a good start with a win at the Dennis Stark Relays on Oct. 9. The Fighting Irish women’s program finished first in all 12 events, including 10 relays and two dives, en route to finishing 80 points clear of runner-up Illinois State. In the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, the pair of relays also scheduled for this weekend, Notre Dame touched the pads in times of 3:35.87 and 1:44.91, respectively.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (FGCU SEASON BESTS)
200 Medley Relay (Caraballo, Armitage, Wong, Latham – 1:41.84)
1000 Freestyle (Lani Cabrera – 10:21.21)
200 Freestyle (Linda Shaw – 1:51.98)
100 Backstroke (Katie Latham – 56.63)
100 Breaststroke (Katie Armitage – 1:02.37)
200 Butterfly (Yee Ching Wong – 2:02.48)
50 Freestyle (Katie Latham – 23.03)
100 Freestyle (Katie Latham – 50.76)
200 Backstroke (Sandra Wilk – 2:05.18)
200 Breaststroke (Katie Armitage – 2:19.04)
500 Freestyle (Lani Cabrera – 4:58.19)
100 Butterfly (Yee Ching Wong – 55.98)
200 IM (Katie Armitage – 2:03.40)
400 Freestyle Relay (Burdge, Caraballo, Latham, Armitage – 3:24.29)
WE’RE NUMBER ONE
For the third consecutive week, the Green and Blue appeared in CollegeSwimming.com’s weekly rankings as the No. 1 Mid-Major program in the country. They registered at No. 28 overall with 699.82 points and came in ahead of South Carolina (688.46) and Miami (686.10), among others.
A year ago, the Eagles 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 three CCSA weekly honors this season, 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.
Following their dual meet against the Fighting Irish, the Eagles will continue action with a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on Utah and Boise State on Friday Oct. 30.