Chasing the first-ever win against their in-state rivals, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles lead Florida State by 29 points one day into a two-day, season-ending showdown.
Full results aren’t available on either team’s site, but the FGCU release indicated the Eagles won 6 of 9 events on day 1 and lead 98-69.
3 of those wins featured senior Emma Svensson, the team’s first-ever NCAA point-scorer. Svensson went 22.83 to win the 50 free against FSU, showing great promise in the event where she earned All-America honors one year ago.
Svensson also swam butterfly on the 200 medley relay, which broke a pool record in 1:41.46 and took home the win. Joining her were Kira Toussaint, Evita Leder and Becky Derogatis.
Finally, Svensson anchored the 400 free relay in a huge battle with the Seminoles. FGCU’s 3:24.36 topped FSU by just a tenth.
Other winners for Florida Gulf Coast were Leni Cabrera in the 500 free (4:58.74), Katie Armitage in the 200 breast (2:17.44), and Karen Vilorio in the 200 back (2:03.52).
Florida State’s event winners were not available, but we’ll have a full recap when the meet concludes tomorrow afternoon.