COLUMBIA, S.C. – The FGCU swim crew was again within the pool on Wednesday for day one of many Gamecock Invitational. After 5 occasions, the Eagles sit in 4th place with 161 factors, forward of fellow CCSA groups Georgia Southern, North Florida, and Gardner-Webb.
“Our aim this weekend was to execute our races higher,” mentioned head coach Dave Rollins. “How can we discover methods to enhance technically and with our methods. Now we have executed an amazing job with these objects. The crew is racing powerful, and it has been nice to see. For the place we’re in our coaching, we’re doing nice! A handful of lifetime bests, highlights the day! Tomorrow is one other glorious alternative!”
The day received began with preliminaries the place 15 Eagles superior to the finals, Wednesday evening.
Within the evening session, the Eagles received off to an amazing begin within the 200-free relay as Hailey Jerew (Miami, Fla./Cutler Bay Senior Excessive), Emma Hixenbaugh (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS), Liv Hettinger (West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo HS), and Mia Burke (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh Faculty) completed fifth with a time of 1:33.85 besting CCSA rivals Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, and North Florida. The time can also be the highest time thus far within the CCSA this season.
Sara Niepelova (Piestany, Slovakia/Gymnazium Pierra de Coubertina/ECU) was the highest Eagle within the 500 free as she swam underneath 5 minutes with a time of 4:59.74 to complete 16th. Emma Bjoernholdt (Bagsvaerd, Denmark/Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium/St. Leo College) additionally picked up factors for the Eagles, ending 19th with a time of 5:01.77.
Within the 200 IM, Cameron Kuriger (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy HS) and Anna Hogan (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Guide HS) completed 14th and 15th, respectively with occasions of two:04.21 and a couple of:04.58. Kuriger’s time is the quickest within the CCSA this season.
Jerew was the highest particular person finisher of the evening for the Eagles as she picked up 17 factors with a 6th-place end within the 50 free with a time of 23.33. Three different Eagles scored factors within the occasion as Burke completed 12th (23.69), Hettinger completed 15th (23.90), and Hixenbaugh completed 18th (24.21). Jerew additionally went 23.09 main off the 200 free relay which is the highest time within the CCSA this season as nicely.
The evening ended sturdy for the Eagles because the crew of Lucija Sulenta (Zagreb, Croatia/Gimnazija I Ekonomska Skola Benedikta Kotruljevica), Jenna Gwinn (Baltimore, Md./Mount de Gross sales Academy/UMBC), Kuriger, and Burke completed fifth within the 400 medley relay with a time of three:44.14, knocking over 10 seconds off their time from the Bellarmine Duals earlier this season. The Eagles additionally completed forward of its CCSA rivals in addition to the A-Crew from Vanderbilt.
The Gamecock Invitational will proceed tomorrow with finals for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 again in addition to the 200-medley relay and 800 free relay.
- South Carolina – 538
- UNCW – 317
- Vanderbilt – 205
- FGCU – 161
- Georgia Southern – 88
- UNF – 76
- Gardner- Webb
Eagles Getting into CCSA High-10
Sara Niepelova – 4:59.74, 4th
Emma Bjoernholdt – 5:01.77, 8th
Cameron Kuriger – 2:04.21, 1st
Anna Hogan – 2:04.58, 3rd
Rebecca Winn – 2:07.53, 9th
Hailey Jerew – 23.09, 1st
Mia Burke – 23.69, 6th
Liv Hettinger – 23.90, 9th
200 Free Relay
400 Medley Relay
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HEAD COACH DAVE ROLLINS
Head coach Dave Rollins is just the second coach in program historical past. He was employed Sept. 1, 2016 and owns a 38-26-1 (.592) twin meet file, which features a 16-2 (.889) mark towards CCSA opponents, in his seventh season. Rollins guided FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), marking the ninth championship in 10 years earlier than successful the tenth championship in program historical past in 2021. As well as, he has been awarded CCSA Coach of the Yr in two of his seasons on the helm. Beforehand, Rollins was the affiliate head males’s swimming coach at The Ohio State College. Rollins brings over a decade of teaching expertise to The Nest, which incorporates serving to to develop Olympians, NCAA Champions and All-People, together with a number of convention champions. A local of Brockton, Mass., he was a standout collegiate swimmer in his personal proper and was inducted into the College of Arizona’s Corridor of Fame in 2017, as a nine-time NCAA All-American, nationwide champion, faculty file holder and crew captain.
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