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FGCU swimming and diving drop first meet to No. 15 Florida

After a strong 3-0 start to the season, the FGCU swimming and diving team dropped its first meet of the season to  No. 15 Florida on Saturday, 173-125. The Eagles had strong individual performances despite the loss. These times were highlighted by Gracie Redding, Rebecca Moynihan and Cassidy Fry. The diving team also competed in this meet for the first time this year. The team took home second and third place finishes in the 3-meter board, led by Melissa Novak in the 1-meter dive by over 40 points. “The team did a great job competing against a very well...

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Preview: Swim at UNF and Campbell

The FGCU swim and dive team will head to Jacksonville to take on UNF and Campbell Saturday, Oct. 21 with the meet beginning at 3 p.m. The Eagles will be coming off a strong 199-116 season-opening win against Rutgers. This meet was led by Petra Halmai, who finished her debut with the Eagles, winning three events. She was also a part of the 400-yard medley relay, which finished 1st-place. Campbell comes into this meet with an overall record of 2-4 and is currently on a three-match lose streak. UNF have yet to win a match, coming into the meet...

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FGCU swim defeats Rutgers 199-116

The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team started its 2017-2018 season on the winning side, defeating Rutgers, 199-116. The Eagles hosted Rutgers for a two day meet at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. FGCU won 12 out of the 17 events held over the weekend, including all four relays. “We did a great job today,” FGCU head coach Dave Rollins said in an FGCU Athletics press release. “We tried to see if we could keep the pressure going from the first swims. The biggest thing was the way each teammate supported each other and cheered each other on. It was...

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Preview: Women’s swim vs. Rutgers

The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team kick off its 2017-2018 campaign hosting Rutgers Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7 at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. Coming off a 12-3 dual meet record last year, the Eagles look to get to a fast start this year. Returning second-year coach Dave Rollins has a talented and experienced roster to work with, including junior Christina Kaas Elmgreen, the Eagles’ sole individual national qualifier from a year ago. The FGCU swim team aims to win its fourth straight conference title this season and increase its national ranking. The Eagles placed 41st at...

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FGCU swim team participates in pre-season scrimmage

The FGCU swim team hosted its annual Blue and Green Scrimmage on Saturday as the Eagles prepare for the start of the 2017-2018 season. With 17 events taking place, 10 different meet records were broken, including two from Elizabeth Zeiger and Doris Eichorn. “The green and blue scrimmage is an excellent opportunity for our team to work on team comradery and build a lot of team spirit,” head coach Dave Rollins said. “We swam a lot of different events that we don’t normally swim throughout the season, and it is a lot of fun to see us race in...

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FGCU swim adds two to coaching staff

The FGCU swim team head coach Dave Rollins added assistant coach Melissa Steele and volunteer assistant Jack Fichenkaub to the Eagles’ coaching staff. “We received an incredible amount of interest in our assistant coach position, and we are very excited to have Melissa joining our Eagle family,” said head coach Dave Rollins. “Her experience is exactly what we were looking for, and we cannot wait to have Melissa help the program reach new heights.” Steele spent the last three seasons at the University of Arkansas, where she was the graduate assistant coach under head coach Neil Harper.  Steele was...

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From the Olympics to dugouts: FGCU swimmer ventures to unknown territory with softball

Last summer, FGCU standout swimmer, Evita Leter, was competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics to represent her country, Suriname, for swimming. Now, the Olympic swimmer has traded her goggles and swim cap for a helmet and cleats. After a recent drop in numbers on the FGCU softball team, Coach David Deiros reached out to all of the FGCU women sports coaches for eligible athletes to fill in as a pinch runner. “Coach Rollins was the first one to say, ‘Why don’t you give Evita a try? She’s never played the sport before but she’s athletic, she’s smart and she...

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Preview: Women’s swim at NCAA Championships

The women’s swim team will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, March 15 to 18 to compete in the NCAA Championship meet. The college swimming season finale takes place at the IU Natatorium. Five Eagles will represent FGCU at the championship meet. Sophomore Christina Kaas Elmgreen is the sole individual qualifier and will be competing in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly as well as the 200-yard individual medley. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Katie Latham, Gracie Redding, Hannah Burdge and Fanny Teijonsalo will also be racing in the...

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FGCU swim team wraps up regular season at Last Chance Meet

Four members of the FGCU women’s swim team traveled to Gainesville to compete in the Last Chance Meet at UF on Friday and Saturday. Doris Eichhorn and Katie Latham placed first in their events and turned in NCAA “B” cut times. Unfortunately, those “B” cut times will not be enough to surpass the NCAA Championships qualifying line. Latham finished with her second fastest time of the season in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the pads in 22.49 seconds. Eichhorn also competed in the 50 free. She got seventh place with a time of 23.08 seconds. Her time of 54.08 in...

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Preview: Women’s swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet

CLARIFICATION: A preview in the Feb. 22 edition of Eagle News incorrectly stated the location and the dates of the event below. The story below contains the correct information. Coming off of its eighth consecutive CCSA championship, four individuals from the FGCU women’s swim team will travel to Gainesville to compete in the Last Chance Meet from Feb. 24 to 26 at the Stephen C. O’Connel Center Natatorium. With the NCAA Diving Qualifications taking place March 6 to 8 and the NCAA Championships taking place from March 15, Katie Latham, Doris Eichorn, Fanny Teijonsalo and Evita Leter will have...

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