Athens, Ga. (TheCCSA.com) – With 1,612 points, the Florida Gulf Coast women's swimming and diving team were named the 2018 CCSA Swimming and Diving Champions after their strong performance the last four days.
Liberty finished the runner-up with 1,501.50 points, Gardner-Webb finished third with 904.50 points, and Georgia Southern finished fourth with 832 points. Incarnate Word claimed fifth place with 767.5 points, Campbell claimed sixth with 759 points, and UNC Asheville claimed seventh with 663 points. North Florida came in at eighth place with 299.50 points and Howard finished in ninth place with 235 points
In the first and longest race of the day, the 1,650 free, Lauren Oglesby from Gardner-Webb took first with a time of 16:41.34, followed by Florida Gulf Coast's Liz Zeiger who finished second with a time of 16:43.06. Her teammate Toni Baerens rounded out the top three with a time of 16:49.54. Liberty's Payton Keiner tabbed the first broken record of the night in the 200-yard backstroke with a meet record time of 1:54.14, Gardner-Webb's Lara Siebrecht took second with a time of 1:58.16, and Doris Eichorn from Florida Gulf Coast took third with a time of 1:59.70.
Florida Gulf Coast swept the 100 free with Gracie Redding taking first with a time of 48.92. Rebecca Moynihan took second with a time of 49.71 and Hannah Burdge took third with a time of 49.86. Florida Gulf Coast then captured the top two spots in the 200-yard breaststroke. Hannah Soutar took first home with a time of 2:13.26 and Petra Halmai finished second with a time of 2:13.63. Prudence Rooker of Liberty finished third with a time of 2:14.80.
The final individual event of the night saw Alicia Finnigan of Liberty, who broke the CCSA record, stand atop the podium. She took a time of 1:56.41, and she was followed by Tina Elmgreen of Florida Gulf Coast and her time of 1:57.18. Fellow Lady Flame Lindsey Cohee finished third with her time of 1:57.85. Florida Gulf Coast claimed first with a time of 3:17.82 in the 400-free relay, which was the only relay of the night. The team was comprised of Payton Keiner, Hannah Baker, Brittany Weiss and Colleen Donlin.
Liberty's Payton Keiner took home the Women's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the Championship award, while Incarnate Word's Savannah Meadows took home the Women's Most Outstanding Diver. FGCU's Gracie Redding took home the Swimmer of the Championship award.
Second-year FGCU Head Coach Dave Rollins was voted the 2017-18 CCSA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in as many years, while Incarnate Word's Tommy Law was named the 2017-18 Diving Coach of the Year.
The entirety of the meet's results over four days can be found here.