Florida Gulf Coast Barbadian senior Lani Cabrera has been on fire since the season started on Sep 18 and at the Eagles final meet for 2015 the Georgia Tech Invite saw her turning up the fire.


In the 500 yard freestyle she blasted her season best of 4:53.18 to record a new personal best and school record of 4:47.43 to finish  4th .Her old personal record stood at 4:49.72 set at the same meet in 2013.The old school record of 4:48.22 stood to Leah Daniel since Feb 17, 2011 .It also bettered the NCAA B standard of 4:47.79.

In the 800 yard freestyle relay Cabrera and her Eagles A team took down the school record of 7:18.38 when they finished 3rd with a new standard of 7:21.08.

The Bridgetown native lowered her season and personal best in winning the 200 yard freestyle B final. Lani shattered her season best of 1:50.12 to clock 1:49.09. She also bettered her personal best of 1:49.73 set at the 2014 CCSA Coastal Collegiate Sports Association championships.

She capped of the meet by setting two records in one race .Competing in the 1650 yard freestyle she was going after the Daniels standard of 16:36.14. At the 1000 yard mark she was on her to breaking the record. This as Lani bettered Daniels Eagles 1000 yard standard of 9:59.62 by splitting at 9:59.27. Her old personal best in the 1000 yard freestyle of 10:11.92 set against Notre Dame in October was also destroyed. Cabrera covered the distance in 16:35.50 to be the new school standard bearer in the event .It also bettered her old personal best of 16:36.63 set at the 2014 CCSA championships.

Swimming exhibition only her Eagles B team clocked 3:24.26 with Cabrera leading off in 50.86.

Also ending 2015 with a bang was her Eagles teammate from Trinidad and Tobago Kristin Julien. The San Fernando native got the competition off on the right note when her Eagles A team won the 200 yard freestyle in a season best time of 1:30.61.Julien also produced her best relay split of the season clocking 22.85.Previously she was timed at 23.40 as her best.

Julien recorded a season best in the 50 yard freestyle .She lowered her season best time of 23.87 and her personal best of 23.26 to stop the clock at 23.09 to win the B final. She narrowly missed her first sub 23 clocking and the NCAA B mark of 22.99.Heading into the three day meet which ran from November 19 to 21 in Atlanta Julien’s season best in the 100 yard backstroke stood at 59.43.At the end of the B final where she finished 2nd she blasted that mark to record 56.23.Kristin finished 89th in the 100 yard freestyle in 55.32.

Another Eagle from the twin island Republic Samantha Rahael also registered a personal best. She lowered her 500 yard freestyle record of 5:09.53 set at the 2013 Georgia Tech Invite to stop the clock in 5:05.02 and place 28th . The Eagles senior finished 3rd in the B final in the 400 yard individual medley in a time of 4:27.57.

Eagles Surinamese junior Evita Leter would not be left out of the  breaking of personal records. Leter beat her 50 yard freestyle mark of 24.37 set at the 2013 edition of this meet to finish 49th in 24.22.

Leter swam exhibition in all her relays but they were also season bests for teams she has been a part of. In the 400 yard medley relay her B team’s best was 3:49.84 with her best split on the breaststroke leg 1:03.45. At the meet the team finished 3:45.65 with Leter clocking 1:02.20. In the 200 yard medley relay the Eagles B team’s season best was 1:43.95 with Leter’s best breaststroke contribution 28.06. At the Invite they clocked 1:43.53 with Leter posting 28.00. For the 200 yard freestyle relay the fastest team Leter had been on clocked 1:37.86 with Evita’s best contribution 24.46. At the Invite her team clocked 1:35.80 with Leter going 23.38.

Leter posted her 2nd fastest time of the season in the 100 yard breaststroke of 103.46 to finish 2nd in the B final. Her 2:26.36 in the 200 yard breaststroke where she finished 37th was also her 2nd fastest time of the season.

The Eagles finished 3rd at the Invite with 850 points.

Lani Cabrera
Lani Cabrera Photo courtesy of
Kristin Julien Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Kristin Julien Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Samantha Rahael
Samantha Rahael Photo courtesy of
Evita Leter Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving
Evita Leter Photo courtesy of Florida Gulf Coast Swimming and Diving

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