Swimming is ready to start the season at Bellarmine Duals

FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU swim team will debut the 2022-23 season this weekend at Bellarmine Duals in Louisville, Ky. It will be a two-day event with the meet beginning Friday at 5 p.m. before continuing Saturday at 10 a.m. h.

The weekend format will be a multi-event, meaning the FGCU will face the Knights as well as Gardner-Webb and Southern Indiana simultaneously.

The team was supposed to start its season Oct. 14 at home against Campbell, but due to the effects of Hurricane Ian, the game was canceled.

Eagles return three swimmers who won gold medals at CCAA championships a year ago, led by seniors Hailey Jeremy (Miami, Florida) who was part of four winning relay teams. Seniors Claire McAtee (Louisville, Kentucky) and Kaja Reinhardt (Herdecke, Germany) also return after each winning a pair of relay gold medals.

Other returning medalists for the Eagles this year include seniors Anna Hogan (Louisville, Ky.), Julia Rodriguez (Gainesville, Florida), and Michaela Sizemore (Fredericksburg, Virginia). The Eagles will also bring back the 3m diving gold medalist Reese Wakefield (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), but the divers will not be competing this weekend.

It will also be the green and blue debuts for a number of eagles, including freshmen Mia Burk (Owings Mills, Maryland), Liv Hettinger (West Fargo, North Dakota), and Cameron Kuriger (Columbus, Ohio) as well as transfers Emma Bjornholdt (Bagsvaerd, Denmark/St. Leo University), Jenna Gwin (Baltimore, Maryland/UMBC), and Izabela Zekuciova (Drmoul, Czech Republic/North Texas).

For McAtee, Hogan and junior Emma Hixenbaughthis will be a comeback encounter for them as they are all Louisville natives.

The head coach david rollinswho is in his seventh season in charge of the Eagles, is joined by a new assistant coach this year in Aly Tetzloff. The former Auburn star also brings experience competing nationally and on the professional International Swim League circuit.

The Eagles will be aiming for their 11th CCSA championship this season after finishing second a year ago. The 2023 CCSA Championships will take place February 15-18 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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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 boasts a 35-26-1 (.573) dual meet record, which includes a 14-2 (.875) 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.

EAGLE CAMPAIGN
IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our new goal – a $10 million campaign to address the needs of student-athletes for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as the department’s needs for facility expansion and improvements as well as mentorship and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the goal of the EAGLE – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence campaign. Join our team and pledge your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!

#FEEDFGCU
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU’s Charities of Choice Athletics. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

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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