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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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FGCU swimming and diving wins third straight conference title

The FGCU swimming and diving team won its eighth conference championship in nine years, making it the third straight for the Eagles. After four days of competition at the University of Georgia’s Gabriel Natatorium, FGCU won 15 out of the 20 events of the competition. The Eagles scored 1,574.5 points, 200 points more than runner-up Liberty. The meet’s conclusion led to the Eagles being heavily decorated with CCSA Championship Honors and Awards. Sophomore Christina Kaas Elmgreen won Most Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Meet, the fifth straight year FGCU took home the award. Ashley Wright became the first FGCU...

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FGCU swimming and diving wraps up the regular season on a high note

The FGCU swimming and diving team defeated FAU in their final home meet of the regular season Friday, Jan. 27, at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. The Eagles took the match with a dominate 177-63 victory over the Owls. The Eagles led in the first event and didn’t relinquished its dominance the rest of the match, winning all 11 swimming events. “Finishing our home schedule with a win was an excellent way to send off our seniors,” said FGCU head coach Dave Rollins in an FGCU Athletics press release. “With this incredible group of young women moving into the next...

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Beyond the Nest: Ep. 2 – Evita Leter

In the second episode of Beyond the Nest, Eagle News sports editor Miguel Rodriguez sits down with FGCU swimming and diving’s Evita Leter. Produced by Katie Hopkins and Brad Young. Graphics by Audrey Mobley. Music: “Percussion” by Matti Paalanen via Soundcloud, through Creative Commons. “Dreams” by M177ER via Soundcloud, through Creative Commons. Watch the previous episode, featuring FGCU men’s soccer’s Albert Ruiz, here: Beyond the Nest: Ep. 1 – Albert...

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Preview: Women’s swim at FIU

After dominating their cross-state rival, University of Miami, in their own pools, the FGCU women’s swim team will face another cross-state foe. This weekend the Eagles will meet against the FIU Panthers.  The last time the Eagles and Panthers swam in the same pool, the Eagles stood their ground and used the home-pool advantage to come out victorious with the final score of 141 to 64. The Eagles will be swimming in opponent waters this weekend, hoping to grab another win from the Panthers. The match up will be following the Eagles’ senior day against the FAU Owls, so...

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Swimming and diving routes Miami for 10th dual-meet victory

Filmed and edited by Faith Marrero. The FGCU women’s swim team defeated in-state rival Miami in a dual-meet score of 183-117 Saturday, Jan. 21 at the FGCU Aquatics Complex. The victory over Miami was the Eagles’ 10th dual-meet win of the season, bringing their dual-meet record to 10-3. FGCU has now defeated Miami for six straight seasons in dual-meet competition. “Any time you can compete with and get a win against a Power Five program, it’s a good day,” FGCU head coach Dave Rollins said to FGCU athletics press release. “The team did very well. The divers did a good...

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