FGCU swimmer earns shot at world title with New Zealand national team

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From New Zealand to Florida Gulf Coast University, Rebecca Moynihan has traveled a long way to pursue her dreams in the pool.

Now, those dreams will take her to one of the world's biggest stages.

"I don’t know if it’s fully sunk in for her yet, but she is going to be swimming against some of the fastest people to ever exist on this planet," said FGCU Head Swimming Coach Dave Rollins.

As just a sophomore for the Eagles, Moynihan will travel to China in December to compete at the short-course world championships with her new teammates on the New Zealand national team.

“I was so excited!" said Moynihan.

"I mean it’s my first time swimming on the world stage so it is really exciting and I couldn’t believe it. It still hasn’t fully sunk in yet.”

At such a young age, Moynihan doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon, especially with the next Summer Olympics just two years away.

“I do want to go to Tokyo, and I need the experience of swimming against the best swimmers in the world," she said.

Rollins and Moynihan also know how valuable this experience can be for one of the Eagles top sprinters.

“Now to travel with the top group that (New Zealand) has, I think its something that’s going to set her up really well for the next couple of years," Rollins said.

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