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FGCU swimming and diving takes fourth in FGCU Classic

FGCU swimming and diving takes fourth in FGCU Classic
Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson

The FGCU women’s swimming and diving team competed in FGCU Classic Oct. 7 and 8 at the FGCU Aquatics Complex.

The Eagles finished in fourth place after the conclusion of the two-day meet. The team finished right behind national ranked teams, #18 Ohio State and #20 LSU. Virginia Tech took third place.

“The girls did a great job finishing off the races,” FGCU Head Coach Dave Rollins said in an FGCU Athletics press release. “Competing and hanging tough with programs of this caliber gets our girls attention and also gets the attention of the other programs. We have a very strong team, and we’re looking to see if we can build off of this meet and into the rest of the season.”

The Eagles clocked in seven best times in the eight events held on Friday evening.

FGCU had a solid start to the meet in the 200 medley relay, where they finished second to Ohio State by .1 seconds with a time of 1:42.64

Freshman Elizabeth Zeiger recorded the ninth-best time in program history in the 400 individual medley with a time 4:21.04, placing third in the event on Friday.

The Eagles ended Friday on a high note, with a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:23.28. Which is 30 seconds faster than the time the relay went in the season opener at the All Florida Invitational.

FGCU continued their success into Saturday’s session, where they turned in season-best times in eight of the nine events swam.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Christina Kaas Elmgreen finished second with a time of 1:59.22. That time is good enough for an NCAA “B” cut and is the fifth-fastest time in school history.

FGCU senior captain Barbara Caraballo had two third-place finishes on Saturday, one in the 100 backstroke with a time 56.86 seconds, and the other in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:03.63 seconds.

The Eagles ended the meet strong with a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.17, finishing right behind Ohio State by only .09 seconds.

FGCU will host its first dual-meet of the season against The University of North Florida on Oct. 14 at the FGCU Aquatics Complex.

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