Swimming goes 3-0 at Bellarmine Duals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The FGCU swim team returns to Southwest Florida with three wins after sweeping the Bellarmine Duals. The Eagles beat the host Knights, 238-76, while beating fellow ACSC member Gardner-Webb, 204-109, and Southern Indiana, 265-49.

“Very happy to go home with some wins under our belt,” said the head coach. david rollins. “It was great to be able to hit the road and compete. We got to see our new Eagles compete for the first time and for them to get their first wins because the Eagles are huge for our program as we go through the season. We We’ve done a great job with our race strategies this weekend and we’ll continue to tweak the details. Excited for what’s to come!”


The Saturday morning session started the same way as most of Friday – with an Eagle victory. The 400 QN relay team of Lucija Sulenta (Zagreb, Croatia), Jenna Gwin (Baltimore, Maryland), Cameron Kuriger (Columbus, Ohio), and Hailey Jeremy (Miami, Fla.) touched first with a time of 3:55.10, the only team under four minutes.



Emma Hixenbaugh (Louisville, Kentucky) picked up her second individual victory of the weekend in her hometown by winning the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:05.61. With the victory, she completed the back sweep after touching first place in the 100 backstroke on Friday. First-year student Mia Burk (Owings Mills, Maryland) also continued its strong first weekend finishing second with a time of 2:07.04.


Gwinn kept the Eagles in the win column by winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.58. Emma Bjornholdt (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) was third in 1:08.53.


After Sara Niepelova (Piestany, Slovakia) touched third place in the 500 free, Burke earned FGCU’s fourth victory of the day by winning the 100 free with a time of 53.74 while Dani D’Ambrosio (Hillsborough, NJ) touched third place at 53.96.


Kuriger then won his fourth event of his debut weekend, winning the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:09.34.


In the 400 IM, Bjornholdt and Niepelova finished second and third with times of 4:41.66 and 4:45.26, respectively.


The Eagles finished the game with a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay as Sulenta, Burke, Zuzanna Rabiniak (Radom, Poland), and Jerew clocked 1:38.82.


FGCU will be back in the pool in a few weeks when the Eagles travel to Columbia, South Carolina to participate in the Gamecock Invite (November 16-18). That same week, divers will make their season debut at the Tennessee Diving Invite (November 17-19) in Knoxville.



Eagles in CCAA Top 10 in 2022-23
200 Back


Emma Hixenbaugh – 2:05.61, 5e



100 Chest

Jenna Gwin – 1:06.58, 8e



400 MI
Emma Bjornholdt – 4:41.66, 9e



400 Medley Relay
3:55.10, 6e



200 free relays
1:38.82, 7th

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HEAD COACH DAVE ROLLINS
The head coach david rollins is only the second coach in program history. He was hired Sept. 1, 2016 and holds a 38-26-1 (.592) dual meet record, which includes a 16-2 (.889) mark against CCAA opponents, in his seventh season. . Rollins guided FGCU to back-to-back CCSA titles (2017, 2018), scoring the ninth championship in 10 years before winning the 10th championship in program history in 2021. Additionally, he was named CCSA Coach of the Year in two of his seasons at the helm. Previously, Rollins was the associate head coach for men’s swimming at Ohio State University. Rollins brings more than a decade of coaching experience to The Nest, which includes helping develop Olympians, NCAA champions and All-Americans, as well as multiple conference champions. A native of Brockton, Mass., he was an outstanding college swimmer and was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame in 2017, as a nine-time NCAA All-American, national champion, record holder school and team. captain.



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ABOUT THE FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 45 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team average of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

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