FGCU Thumps North Florida in Home Opener

FORT MYERS, Florida, October 6. FLORIDA Gulf Coast took it to in-state rival North Florida on Saturday morning, capturing a 143.5-94.5 triumph in the process.

Lindsey Meeder took home titles in the 200-yard IM (2:12.38) and 100 free (54.21), while Lani Cabrera also doubled up for FGCU with triumphs in the 1000 free (10:40.56) and 500 free (5:12.39). Emma Svenson, the reigning CCSA Swimmer of the Year, only took part in relay duty, helping both the 200 medley relay (1:46.88) and 200 free relay (1:38.10) to victory.

Kira Toussaint of The Netherlands, who is one of the Dutch swimmers currently being developed to slide into the ultra-scary Dutch freestyle relay, also helped both relays to victory.

According to FGCU sports information, the Eagles have never lost to North Florida and currently riding a dual-meet unbeaten streak that spans back to more than 2,000 days.

“We had a chance to mix up events a little bit for us which allowed some kids to be essentially a ‘starter’ and they stepped up for us. We’re a team right now with a lot of depth, which is a good thing, but it’s going to give me some selection headaches in the future,” head coach Neal Studd said.

North Florida had some flashes of speed. Bridget Woods took second behind Meeder in the 200 IM with a 2:12.70, while Mariana Paula tied with FGCU’s Christina Tanninen for second in the 100 free with a 55.34.

UNF also did extremely well on the diving boards. Monica Rice won the one-meter with 238.12 points. Fernanda Robles picked up a victory in the three-meter with 247.36 points.