Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida International

MIAMI, Florida, January 22. THE FGCU swimming and diving team took the top spot in all 12 events scored and swam top times in two of the exhibition events to beat in-state rival FIU, 178-75, on Saturday afternoon in its final away meet of the year.

Opening up the meet with a sweep, senior captain Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto) took first in the 1000-yard free with a time of 10:35.25, while sophomore Kristen Potter (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) took second and freshman McKenzie Cassidy (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Bishop Verot) placed third. Poter posted a time of 10:38.47 and Cassidy came in shortly behind at 10:44.49.

Freshman Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, United Kingdom/Royal Masonic) placed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.12 and classmate Lindsey Meeder (Boynton Beach, Fla./Park Vista) (1:57:03) finished third. Meeder picked up a win in the 500 free with a time of 5:12.15, while Potter (5:13.15) took second and Cooke (5:14.76) placed third.

FGCU swept the 100 back as senior Viktoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah), and freshmen Cheryl Corvo (Shalimar, Fla./Choctawatchee) and Nicolette Hansen (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) grabbed the top three spots Hyddmark touched the wall first at 59.19, Corvo finished at 1:00.42 and Hansen clocked a 1:01.31. In the 200 back, Hyddmark (2:06.28) took first, but Corvo (2:08.08) and Hansen (2:12.30) flopped spots.

The Eagles continued their winning ways, taking the top three spots in the 100 breaststroke as well. Sophomore Dani Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia/The Bolles School) placed first with a time of 1:05.43. Meeder (1:08.51) and Brittney Evans (Hollywood, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) (1:09.13) finished second and third, respectively.

Juniors Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y./St. Bonaventure) and Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) went one-two, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. Butler clocked a 2:06.59 and Cianci was just behind with a time of 2:06.77.

Junior Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, U.K./Kelly College) took first in the 50 free with a time of 24.70, finishing just ahead of freshman Christina Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) (25.00). Cadge (23,96) also placed first, Evans placed second with a time of 54.32 and Leah Daniel (Winnepeg, Manitoba/Grant Park) (55.26) took third in the 100 free.

Junior Myriam Plante (Sainte-Foy, Quebec/Université Laval) and sophomores Regina Rodriguez (Mexico City, Mexico/The Bolles School) and Mandy Melymuka (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul Catholic) took the top three spots in the 200 breaststroke. Plante touched the wall at 2:24.79, while Rodriguez (2:26.10) and Melymuka (2:31.10) finished in second and third, respectively.

In relay action, the quartet of Cadge, Beaubrun, Butler and Tanninen posted a time of 1:47.94 for a first-place finish. Hyddmark, Rodriguez, Cianci and Evans finished in third with a time of 1:51.42. FGCU also placed first and third in the 200 free relay. Beaubrun, Tanninen, Plante and Daniel finished with at time of 1:38.60 while the team of Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep), Isabela Mills Pinto (Petropolis, Brazil/Universidade Amembi Morumbi), Meeder and Porter swam a 1:41.94.

Despite going exhibition in both diving events, senior Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) scored an FGCU team record and season-high of 288.53 in the 3-meter competition, while freshman Alex Valder (Tampa, Fla./Sickles) scored a season-high 233.93. McNamara also posted a season-high 271.43 in the 1-meter, while Valder scored a 224.25. McNamara had the previous team record of 281.18.

FGCU hosts its final meet before the conference championship on Friday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. against FAU at the FGCU Aquatics Center. The meet will be the final home event for the team's six seniors.

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