FGCU Closes Home Schedule With 198-116 Victory Over North Florida

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January 29th, 2023 College, News, Previews & Recaps

FGCU vs North Florida (Women)

  • January 27-28, 2023
  • Fort Myers, Fla.
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results
  • Team Score: FGCU 198, North Florida 116

Courtesy: FGCU Athletics

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU swimming and diving team (5-4 overall, 2-1 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) saved its best for the final home meet of the 2022-23 season Saturday, completing a two-day victory over North Florida, 198-116, at the Lee County/FGCU Aquatics Center.

The Green & Blue snapped a three-meet losing streak while celebrating its 12 seniors Saturday, and ran its all-time record against the Ospreys to 17-0 dating to 2009-10. North Florida fell to 2-10 after losing its 10th straight meet.

“It was an amazing weekend to celebrate our seniors,” said FGCU head swimming and diving coach Dave Rollins. “Seeing them grow, compete and form lifelong friendships has been a true honor.

“In the pool, we saw numerous season-best times, a handful of lifetime-best times and some huge improvements from the past couple meets. We have a lot to be excited for headed into the CCSA Championships. This year will be wildly different with the numerous new schools who joined the conference, but I know we are up for the challenge!”

FGCU had secured a commanding 128-39 lead after Friday’s portion of the meet, and continued those winning ways Saturday. The Eagles won the 400 medley relay gold to get things going, touching first in 3:45.58 and sweeping the top three places in the event.

The Eagles won three more golds Saturday. Junior Isabella Zekuciova (Drmoul, Czech Republic/North Texas) won the 200 back ahead of three FGCU teammates in 2:03.54. Junior Emma Bjoernholt (Bagsvaerd, Denmark/Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium/St. Leo) won the 200 breast in 2:18.74. Senior Jenna Gwinn (Baltimore, Md./Mount de Sales Academy/UMBC) touched first in the 100 butterfly in 59.20.

FGCU divers finish the 2022-23 regular season Feb. 4 at the South Florida Diving Invite in Coral Springs, Fla. The team returns to action Feb. 15-18 in the CCSA Championships at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Courtesy: North Florida Athletics

FORT MYERS, Fla. – North Florida women’s swimming concluded regular season competition on day two of its dual meet at FGCU Saturday, January 28. The Ospreys finished with a seven-point advantage on the day after wins from Faith Mutschler and Ashley Cozad in the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly respectively.

Ten new personal bests were recorded on the day as well as seven top-three finishes.


FGCU 198, UNF 116


  • Mutschler won her second event of the meet in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:59.76

  • Cozad secured a first-place finish in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 57.06

  • Freshman Ellie Hixenbaugh recorded two new personal bests in the 200 yard breaststroke and the 200 IM

  • Aydan Horrigan notched a new personal best in the 200 yard backstroke touching the wall in 2:06.20

  • Gabriella Reeves hit a new personal best in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.93

  • Seven different Ospreys produced new personal bests on the day


“I’m very happy with the results of this weekend. There were a good amount of season bests and personal bests.  Ellie Hixenbaugh hit a new personal best in the 200 breaststroke and Aydan Horrigan went her best in the 200 backstroke. Faith Mutschler was a double winner with an impressive under five minute swim in the 500 Free.  This was the type of meet we needed to get us ready for the CCSA championships”. — Head Coach Ian Coffey


The Ospreys head to Knoxville, Tenn., to conclude the 22-23 competition season for the CCSA Championships February 15-18

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