Eagles defeat rival Nebraska in Saturday home meet
The Florida Gulf Coast University swimming and diving team (9-1, 3-0 CCSA) won 10 of 11 events to cruise past big foe Nebraska on Saturday morning by a final score of 126-77. Katie Armitage, Emma Svensson and Lani Cabrera all picked up multiple individual victories to pace the Eagles who continue to pick up big victories, during this 2014-15 campaign.
“We’ve had a rough week with a lot of sickness on the team,” head coach Neal Studd said. “This was one of those days where the girls just kind of had to dig deep and step up and in the end we got the job done real well. It’s always great to beat a big school like Nebraska. The head coach, Pablo Morales, is a childhood hero of mine, an Olympic gold medalist in 1992 with an amazing comeback story after not making the team in ‘88. It was a thrill for me personally to have him here, we really appreciate them coming down.”
As usual, it was the 200-yard medley relay kicking things off and it was the Eagle team of Kira Toussaint, Armitage, Yee Wong and Kristin Julien who would come away with the victory with a time of 1:44.40. The Green and Blue would make it a one-two finish when the team of Sandra Wilk, Evita Leter, Svensson and Becky Derogatis finished second, touching in at 1:44.90.
Lani Cabrera picked up the first of her two distance wins in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:21.13. She would also go on to win the 500 free with a time of 5:00.19. Finishing second in the 1000 free was her teammate Nina Schiffer who touched in with a time of 10:33.38.
Armitage came away with a victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.43 while teammate Devin Robins finished third in 1:56.05. Armitage would later go on to win the 100 breaststroke with a final time of 1:04.81 and as the only Eagle to finish in the top three.
Svensson picked up her first solo victory in the 50 free with a scorching time of 23.06 and Yee followed that up in the 200 IM with a first-place time of 2:07.82 with teammate Karen Vilorio finishing third in 2:11.26. Svensson second individual win came in the 100 free when she touched in at 50.57. Toussaint rolled to a convincing victory in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.76, which was almost two full seconds faster than second place.
In the final event of the morning, it was another Eagle relay picking up a win in the 200 freestyle relay. This time it was the combination of Julien, Sara Hamilton, Derogatis and Toussaint coming way with the top spot with a time of 1:35.94.