After posting five 1st-place finishes in FGCU’s season-opening dual meet against Rutgers last weekend, junior Gracie Redding has been named the CCSA Women’s Swimmer of the Week, league officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
Redding secured individual wins in the 50 free (23.62) and 100 free (51.36), and then teamed up to claim victories in the 200 medley relay (1:44.98), 200 free relay (1:34.45) and 400 free relay (3:26.67). Additionally, she finished 3rd in the 400 medley relay (3:51.12) and 4th in the 200 free (1:54.61).
All told, the Orlando native was part of 55 total points – claiming 18 of those on her own with the pair of freestyle wins – as she helped FGCU defeat the Big Ten member in dominant fashion, 199-116.
It is the first weekly conference honor for Redding, who was named a CSCAA All-American last year after finishing 15th in the country and helping break the program record in the 200 free relay (1:28.76) at the 2017 NCAA Swimming Championships.
The weekly honor is the first of the season handed out by the CCSA. Last year, FGCU had the CCSA Women’s Swimmer of the Week an incredible eight times, the CCSA Women’s Diver of the Week on seven occasions and swept the awards seven of the 10 weeks the Green and Blue qualified.
Redding and the Eagles dive into CCSA action for the first time this year on Saturday, Oct. 21, when they face league foes North Florida and Campbell in a tri-meet in Jacksonville.
IRMA RELIEF DONATIONS
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, many individuals and families throughout Southwest Florida are still in desperate need of assistance. To aid in those relief efforts, FGCU Athletics will be collecting donations at all Eagle home games for the immediate future. Donation items most needed include: non-perishable food, clothing, household items and first-aid supplies. Additionally, those unable to attend upcoming home games can drop off donations in canisters located in the Alico Arena lobby. All donations will be given to those hardest hit in Lee and Collier counties.
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HEAD COACH DAVE ROLLINS
In his first year with the program in 2016-17, head coach Dave Rollins led FGCU to its eighth CCSA Championship in a span of nine years and guided the Eagles 200 free relay team to All-American honors. FGCU registered points at the NCAA Championships for the fourth-straight season and ultimately turned in its third-best finish all-time (T-41st). Prior to FGCU, Rollins was the associate head men’s swimming coach at The Ohio State University and brought 10 years of coaching experience at the club, high school and collegiate levels. A standout collegiate athlete in his own right, Rollins was a nine-time NCAA All-American and national champion as a member of the University of Arizona swimming & diving team from 2002-06.
SUPPORT THE CAUSE
FGCU Athletics sponsors events throughout the year to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and utilize the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.
Courtesy of coach David Rollins