Florida International Piles On To Lead After Three Nights of Conference USA Championships

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Florida International used its impressive to depth to pile on the points after three full nights of racing at the 2017 Conference USA Championships from Atlanta. It was not all FIU though, as Rice also had a hot night with two wins and a conference meet record on the night as they moved into second place ahead of Marshall.

The Rice Owls got off to a quick start on Friday night with a 1-2 finish in the 400 IM. Kaitlyn Swinney of Rice won the race going away with a 4:15.82 ahead of her teammate Rylee Linhardt at 4:18.28. Linhardt had to hold off the 200 IM champion in Caroline Wanner of Marshall at 4:19.03.

Event 8  Women 400 Yard IM
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  Meet Record: R 4:11.83  2/20/2015 Johanna Gustafsdottir, FIU
                 4:05.37  A NCAA Automatic
                 4:12.11  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 4:19.39  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Swinney, Kaitly  JR Rice              4:20.68    4:15.82 B       20  
    r:+0.73  27.78        59.33 (31.55)
        1:32.02 (32.69)     2:03.68 (31.66)
        2:40.35 (36.67)     3:17.38 (37.03)
        3:47.05 (29.67)     4:15.82 (28.77)
  2 Linhardt, Rylee  FR Rice              4:22.68    4:18.28 B       17  
    r:+0.77  28.95      1:00.48 (31.53)
        1:32.22 (31.74)     2:03.67 (31.45)
        2:40.96 (37.29)     3:20.09 (39.13)
        3:49.15 (29.06)     4:18.28 (29.13)
  3 Wanner, Carolin  SO Marshall          4:23.27    4:19.03 B       16  
    r:+0.71  27.19        58.73 (31.54)
        1:31.63 (32.90)     2:03.83 (32.20)
        2:40.53 (36.70)     3:18.31 (37.78)
        3:48.98 (30.67)     4:19.03 (30.05)
  4 Lockyer, Emma    JR Marshall          4:21.13    4:21.80         15  
    r:+0.73  27.45        58.96 (31.51)
        1:32.22 (33.26)     2:04.86 (32.64)
        2:42.41 (37.55)     3:20.19 (37.78)
        3:51.27 (31.08)     4:21.80 (30.53)
  5 Therien, Claire  FR Rice              4:23.78    4:22.87         14  
    r:+0.71  27.94        59.67 (31.73)
        1:33.51 (33.84)     2:07.49 (33.98)
        2:45.08 (37.59)     3:24.33 (39.25)
        3:54.10 (29.77)     4:22.87 (28.77)
  6 Huston, Hanna    SO Rice              4:22.87    4:23.15         13  
    r:+0.74  28.04        59.33 (31.29)
        1:34.42 (35.09)     2:08.71 (34.29)
        2:46.13 (37.42)     3:24.50 (38.37)
        3:54.65 (30.15)     4:23.15 (28.50)
  7 Schaffer, Maddi  SO Marshall          4:26.23    4:26.07         12  
    r:+0.68  27.71        59.50 (31.79)
        1:33.25 (33.75)     2:06.69 (33.44)
        2:44.54 (37.85)     3:23.56 (39.02)
        3:55.38 (31.82)     4:26.07 (30.69)
  8 Petit, Emilie    SO Old Dominion      4:24.48    4:28.06         11  
    r:+0.74  27.35        59.20 (31.85)
        1:32.68 (33.48)     2:06.58 (33.90)
        2:44.46 (37.88)     3:23.51 (39.05)
        3:56.68 (33.17)     4:28.06 (31.38)

Florida International picked up right where they left off with a 1-2 finish of their own in the 100 fly. Senior Jenny Deist led from start to finish and won with a 53.02 ahead of her junior teammate Letizia Bertelli at 53.38. Marshall’s Chloe Parsemain closed well for a 53.62 good for third.

 Event 9  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 51.98  2/20/2015 Casey Clark, Rice
                 51.56  A NCAA Automatic
                 52.79  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 54.49  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Deist, Jenny     SR FIU                 53.30      53.02 B       20  
    r:+0.70  24.47        53.02 (28.55)
  2 Bertelli, Letiz  JR FIU                 53.95      53.38 B       17  
    r:+0.69  24.61        53.38 (28.77)
  3 Parsemain, Chlo  SR Marshall            54.41      53.62 B       16  
    r:+0.65  24.83        53.62 (28.79)
  4 Beall, Kiley     JR Rice                54.75      53.73 B       15  
    r:+0.66  25.48        53.73 (28.25)
  5 Ragsdale, Shelb  SR Rice                54.35      54.28 B       14  
    r:+0.73  25.45        54.28 (28.83)
  6 Cornelissen, Mi     North Texas         54.35      54.59         13  
    r:+0.73  25.82        54.59 (28.77)
  7 Mavrova, Gloriy  JR Marshall            54.75      54.65         12  
    r:+0.69  25.13        54.65 (29.52)
  8 Mayhew, Ally     JR FIU                 55.00      55.44         11  
    r:+0.77  25.12        55.44 (30.32)

The Golden Panthers did not slow down as they had half of the A-finalists swimming in blue and gold in the 200 free. Junior Kyna Pereira had her second win of the meet with a 1:46.16. Her teammate and classmate, Skye Carey, finished second with a 1:46.71 for their second straight 1-2 finish of the night. They added on more points with Megan Bowen finishing in third with the only last 50 split under 27 with a final time of 1:47.69.

Event 11  Women 200 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 1:44.62  2/17/2012 Nina Rangelova, S M U-NT
                 1:43.82  A NCAA Automatic
                 1:45.94  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 1:47.99  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Pereira, Kyna    JR FIU               1:48.03    1:46.16 B       20  
    r:+0.79  25.00        51.75 (26.75)
        1:19.00 (27.25)     1:46.16 (27.16)
  2 Carey, Skye      JR FIU               1:47.51    1:46.71 B       17  
    r:+0.73  25.85        52.82 (26.97)
        1:19.47 (26.65)     1:46.71 (27.24)
  3 Bowen, Megan     FR FIU               1:49.02    1:47.69 B       16  
    r:+0.70  25.56        53.46 (27.90)
        1:21.04 (27.58)     1:47.69 (26.65)
  4 Caldwell, Alici  JR Rice              1:49.11    1:47.79 B       15  
    r:+0.72  25.06        51.96 (26.90)
        1:19.34 (27.38)     1:47.79 (28.45)
  5 Bendziewicz, Ca  FR Marshall          1:48.46    1:47.87 B       14  
    r:+0.69  25.08        52.24 (27.16)
        1:19.83 (27.59)     1:47.87 (28.04)
  6 Triola, Berta    FR FIU               1:48.74    1:47.88 B       13  
    r:+0.75  25.78        53.29 (27.51)
        1:20.49 (27.20)     1:47.88 (27.39)
  7 Morris, Isabell  JR North Texas       1:48.93    1:49.28         12  
    r:+0.71  25.32        52.71 (27.39)
        1:20.88 (28.17)     1:49.28 (28.40)
  8 Rhodes, Lauren   JR Rice              1:50.28    1:50.75         11  
    r:+0.71  26.18        54.31 (28.13)
        1:22.63 (28.32)     1:50.75 (28.12)

The only meet record to fall on the day went in the 100 breast. Marie-Claire Schillinger of Rice went a 1:00.13 this morning and backed it up with a 1:00.34 tonight. Schillinger broke East Carolina’s Megan Sellers’ 1:00.42 from 2014, but could not quite get under the minute barrier. She got pressure from Carita Luukkanen of Florida International as the freshman was second at 1:00.74. Old Dominion got some valuable points with sophomore Ashley Brem placing third with a 1:01.37.

Event 12  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 1:00.42  2/28/2014 Megan Sellers, East Caro
                   59.04  A NCAA Automatic
                 1:00.68  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 1:02.49  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Schillinger, Ma  SO Rice              1:00.13    1:00.34RIV15    20  
    r:+0.65  28.12      1:00.34 (32.22)
  2 Luukkanen, Cari  FR FIU               1:01.35    1:00.74 B       17  
    r:+0.68  28.46      1:00.74 (32.28)
  3 Brem, Ashley     SO Old Dominion      1:02.16    1:01.37 B       16  
    r:+0.59  29.34      1:01.37 (32.03)
  4 Grabenhorst, Ta  FR FIU               1:02.52    1:02.05 B       15  
    r:+0.68  29.30      1:02.05 (32.75)
  5 Vaisse, Sarah    JR North Texas       1:02.28    1:02.12 B       14  
    r:+0.73  28.76      1:02.12 (33.36)
  6 Ragsdale, Shelb  SR Rice              1:02.22    1:02.22 B       13  
    r:+0.75  29.46      1:02.22 (32.76)
  7 Kitching, Claud  JR North Texas       1:02.61    1:02.56         12  
    r:+0.72  29.43      1:02.56 (33.13)
  8 Roper, Hannah    SR F A U             1:03.51    1:03.77         11  
    r:+0.61  29.35      1:03.77 (34.42)

Naomi Ruele may have been upset in the 50 free, but she rebounded today with a win in the 100 back. The FIU sophomore had a dominating performance with a 52.87 for the win, just off of Therese Svendsen’s 52.31 meet record from 2012 of SMU. Old Dominion senior Colleen Vandepoel finished in second with a 53.92 as she held off Alicia Caldwell of Rice at 54.03.

Event 13  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 52.31  2/17/2012 Therese Svendsen, S M U-NT
                 51.51  A NCAA Automatic
                 52.97  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 55.09  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ruele, Naomi     SO FIU                 53.37      52.87 IV15    20  
    r:+0.72  25.85        52.87 (27.02)
  2 Vandepoel, Coll  SR Old Dominion        54.14      53.92 B       17  
    r:+0.62  25.97        53.92 (27.95)
  3 Caldwell, Alici  JR Rice                53.89      54.03 B       16  
    r:+0.57  26.25        54.03 (27.78)
  4 Rowe, Sirena     FR Marshall            53.67      54.11 B       15  
    r:+0.76  26.58        54.11 (27.53)
  5 Beall, Kiley     JR Rice                55.09      54.31 B       14  
    r:+0.54  26.86        54.31 (27.45)
  6 Ingram, Carin    JR Marshall            54.92      54.65 B       13  
    r:+1.84  26.37        54.65 (28.28)
  7 Alfani, Jenny    SR FIU                 55.22      54.85 B       12  
    r:+0.59  25.95        54.85 (28.90)
  8 Litver, Julie    JR Rice                55.80      56.16         11  
    r:+0.70  27.16        56.16 (29.00)

FIU finished off the night with a dominating 400 medley relay performance. Ruele (53.87), Luukkanen (1:00.70), Deist (52.76) and Bertelli (48.60) won with a 3:35.93. Rice gave everything FIU could handle through three legs as Caldwell (54.52), Schillinger (1:00.10), Kiley Beall (53.78) and Lauren Rhodes (50.08) swam a 3:38.48 to finish second. Marshall ended up finishing third with a 3:42.59.

Event 14  Women 400 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
  Meet Record: R 3:32.77  2/16/2012 Southern Methodist University, S M U-NT
                          T Svendsen, E Donadon, G Konicke, N Rangelova
                 3:33.89  A NCAA Automatic
                 3:35.31  B NCAA Consideration
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 FIU                           3:40.59    3:35.93         40  
     1) Ruele, Naomi SO               2) r:0.11 Luukkanen, Carita FR  
     3) r:0.06 Deist, Jenny SR        4) r:0.26 Bertelli, Letizia JR  
    r:+0.66  26.32        53.87 (53.87)
        1:22.11 (28.24)   1:54.57 (1:00.70)
        2:18.29 (23.72)     2:47.33 (52.76)
        3:10.25 (22.92)     3:35.93 (48.60)
  2 Rice                          3:41.26    3:38.48         34  
     1) Caldwell, Alicia JR           2) r:0.29 Schillinger, Maaire SO
     3) r:1.78 Beall, Kiley JR        4) r:0.11 Rhodes, Lauren JR     
    r:+0.61  26.47        54.52 (54.52)
        1:22.34 (27.82)   1:54.62 (1:00.10)
        2:19.67 (25.05)     2:48.40 (53.78)
        3:11.95 (23.55)     3:38.48 (50.08)
  3 Marshall                      3:45.31    3:42.59         32  
     1) Ingram, Carin JR              2) r:0.41 Bendziewicz, Carine FR
     3) r:0.26 Parsemain, Chloe SR    4) r:0.26 Mavrova, Gloriya JR   
    r:+0.77  26.60        54.64 (54.64)
        1:23.51 (28.87)   1:57.39 (1:02.75)
        2:22.59 (25.20)     2:52.38 (54.99)
        3:15.87 (23.49)     3:42.59 (50.21)
  4 North Texas                   3:43.78    3:43.33         30  
     1) Sienczyk, Jowita FR           2) r:0.10 Vaisse, Sarah JR      
     3) r:0.31 Cornelissen, Mikaela   4) r:0.35 Morris, Isabelle JR   
    r:+0.67  26.61        54.81 (54.81)
        1:24.41 (29.60)   1:57.42 (1:02.61)
        2:23.69 (26.27)     2:51.96 (54.54)
        3:16.56 (24.60)     3:43.33 (51.37)
  5 Old Dominion                  3:46.99    3:43.75         28  
     1) Vandepoel, Colleen SR         2) r:0.27 Brem, Ashley SO       
     3) r:0.28 Petit, Emilie SO       4) r:-0.02 Sjoberg, Sofie JR    
    r:+0.93  26.11        53.91 (53.91)
        1:22.70 (28.79)   1:56.09 (1:02.18)
        2:21.98 (25.89)     2:53.16 (57.07)
        3:16.83 (23.67)     3:43.75 (50.59)
  6 F A U                         3:55.63    3:54.22         26  
     1) Reuter, Megan JR              2) r:0.11 Roper, Hannah SR      
     3) r:0.13 Firman, Kyleigh JR     4) r:0.10 Mark, Devon FR        
    r:+0.65  28.92        59.98 (59.98)
        1:29.43 (29.45)   2:04.30 (1:04.32)
        2:31.07 (26.77)     3:02.16 (57.86)
        3:27.05 (24.89)     3:54.22 (52.06)

With one day to go, Florida International looks prime to win its third straight Conference USA crown as they hold a 140 point lead over second place Rice. The meet will conclude tomorrow with prelims beginning at 10:30 EST and finals at 6 EST.

Team Standings:

  1. Florida International, 641
  2. Rice, 501
  3. Marshall, 471
  4. North Texas, 280
  5. Old Dominion, 209
  6. Florida Atlantic, 156

2017 Conference USA Championships Day 3 Finals – Results

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