Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Gulf Coast Relay Wins Nailbiter


Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

Florida Gulf Coast went down to the wire this week with Liberty, with the meet coming down to the 200 free relay.

FGCU led 124-121, coming off a disappointing 400 IM in which a meet-clinching Eagles win was overturned by a DQ. That left Gulf Coast in need of a relay win after losing the meet-opening medley relay by almost three seconds. Liberty also had 50 free champ Rachel Hoeve, who topped the individual 50 by two tenths.

Katie Lathamwho was second in that individual 50, led off in 23.71 for the Eagles, just .02 off of her individual swim in her fourth race of the meet. Hoeve reeled FGCU back in slightly on the second leg, but a rock-solid consistent effort from Gulf Coast’s relay wore down Liberty, as a 23.3 from Gracie Reddinga 23.1 from Hannah Burdge and a 23.2 from Fanny Teijonsalo capped off a 1:33.49 win.

That launched Gulf Coast to a narrow 137-125 win. That keeps FGCU a perfect 3-0 in the conference and knocked off Liberty’s perfect mark.



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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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