Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving Finished Third at Georgia Tech Invite
By George Nunnelley
ATLANTA – Coming off impressive performances in the opening two days of the Georgia Tech Invite, the No. 24 FGCU swimming and diving team finished strong en route to placing third among the eighteen competing universities. The Green and Blue finished ahead of the likes of No. 46 South Carolina, Stanford, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia Tech, among other prominent programs.
“I’m extremely proud of the way the girls competed this weekend,” said FGCU head coach Neal Studd. “We stacked up well against some of the best competition we’ve seen this season. I hope we can keep it going once the season starts back up after the new year.”
To start the day off, Lani Cabrera (Bridgetown, Barbados/St. Ursala’s Secondary School) set her second school record of the weekend, this time in the 1650-yard freestyle as she touched the pads in 16:35.50 and finished second in the event. Teammate Melissa Marinheiro (Davie, Fla./West Broward HS) finished eighth in the event in a time of 17:01.72.
Freshman Elise Haan (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) continued to stellar start the her collegiate career as she achieved a NCAA ‘B’ cut in a pair of events. The Naples native clocked a season-best time of 1:56.43 and finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke. Later, she touched the pads in 49.82 seconds and finished sixth in the 100-yard freestyle.
Sophomore Katie Armitage (Bushey, United Kingdom/Queens School Bushey) swam a season-best time of 2:15.60 in the 200-yard breaststroke and achieved a NCAA ‘ B’ cut in the event for the second time this season.
Then, freshman Christina Kaas Elmgreen (Charlottenlund, Denmark/Ordrup Gymnasium) recorded the fifth season-best time of the day in as many events and finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly after swimming a 2:00.17.
To cap off the swimming events, the 400-yard freestyle quartet of Sara Hamilton (Stonehaven, Scotland/Mackie Academy), Barbara Caraballo (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Indian River/Newsome HS), Katie Latham (Deal, Kent, United Kingdom/Sir Roger Manwood’s School) and Haan finished fourth in a season-best time of 3:20.10.
FGCU SEASON-BEST TIMES SATURDAY
1650 Free: 16:35.50 (Lani Cabrera)
200 Back: 1:56.43 (Elise Haan)
100 Free: 49.82 (Elise Haan)
200 Breast: 2:15.60 (Katie Armitage)
200 Fly: 2:00.17 (Christina Kaas Elmgreen)
400 Free Relay: 3:20.10 (Hamilton, Caraballo, Latham, Haan)
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1. Arkansas – 1112
2. Alabama – 1022.5
3. FGCU – 850
4. South Carolina – 819.5
5. Georgia Tech – 441.5
6. UNLV – 343
7. Indian River – 254
8. FAU – 229.5
9. Campbell – 184.5
10. Georgia Southern – 184
11. Carson-Newman – 183
12. Minnesota – 171.5
13. Stanford – 134
14. UNC Asheville – 102
15. Hawaii – 85
16. Auburn – 51
17. Clemson – 18
18. Tulane – 4
The three-day meet in Atlanta is FGCU’s last of the fall season. The Green and Blue will resume competition as they host Rice at the FGCU Aquatics Center on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m.
Florida Swim Network