Press Release courtesy of FGCU Athletics
Sophomore Elizabeth Zeiger has been named CCSA Women’s Swimmer of the Week, league officials announced Tuesday.
Zeiger (Cumberland, R.I./Homeschool) earned two season-best times in her performance against Big 10 member Northwestern this past Sunday, finishing first in two of her three races, the 500 and 1000 yard freestyles. Zeiger’s time of 10:10.82 in the 1000 is the fastest in the conference this year by two seconds.
This Swimmer of the Week award marks the second of Zeiger’s young career. As a freshman, Zeiger swam a pair of runner-up finishes in the 500 and 1000 against top-5 nationally ranked, USC, to receive her first recognition. This season, FGCU has now earned a total of five weekly honors in two months of competition, including a sweep of awards following an in-state dual-meet in November with then #15 Florida.
To complete her freshman campaign, Zeiger earned CCSA All-Conference honors by winning the 500 free at the 2017 CCSA Championships in 4:49.93, setting a new personal best and 4th fastest in FGCU history. She also finished third in the 1650 free with a time of 16:58.50, good for 5th all-time in program history.
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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 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.
TOYS FOR TOTS
The FGCU Athletics Department, FGCU Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Heroes Unlimited have teamed up to participate in a holiday toy drive. New, unwrapped toys are being collected and will be delivered to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida on Friday, Dec. 23. Collection boxes have been placed in the lobbies of Alico Arena, UPD and the FGCU Family Resource Center until Wednesday, Dec. 20. No toy is too small, and all toys will be wrapped prior to delivery.
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.