Valerie Ingels, Naomi Ruele Key to FIU in Final Conference USA Prelims

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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern

No records fell, but six swimmers earned NCAA B cuts in the final morning of Conference USA Action. Florida International holds onto first place. With more solid swims this morning, the Panthers have nearly secured their victory. Marshall and Rice are still in competition for second, though Rice holds a slight edge.

North Texas’s Rebekah Bradley got things rolling this morning, leading a trio of swimmers under the two minute barrier in the 200 backstroke. The freshman touched in 1:57.01. Rice teammates Alicia Caldwell and Kaitlyn Swinney finished in 1:57.94 and 1:58.46 for second and third seeds. All three swimmers earned an NCAA B cut.

In the 100 freestyle, Florida International’s Naomi Ruele shone again, touching the wall in a B cut time of 49.70. Old Dominion’s Moran Johnson swam a 50.51 for the second seed, just ahead of FIU’s Letizia Bertelli in 50.54.

Two NCAA B cuts were met in the 200 breaststroke. Marie-Claire Schillinger of Rice was three seconds ahead of the field in 2:11.84. Claudia Kitching finished second in 2:14.90 for North Texas. Old Dominion’s Ashley Brem earned the third seed with a time of 2:17.24.

Valerie Ingels dropped over three seconds, to move from the seventh seed to the top seed tonight. The FIU senior touched in 2:00.93 in this morning’s 200 butterfly. Shir Wasserman of Marshall dropped two and a half seconds to claim the second seed. The freshman posted a 2:02.23. Rice’s Kiley Beall finished third this morning in a 2:02.70.

Prelims of platform diving will take place later this afternoon. This evening we will also see timed finals of the 1650 and the 400 freestyle relay. The final night of action begins at 6 PM.

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  1. avatar
    Bil Bell

    FIU’s team comprises a mini UN.

    Reule is from Botswana, Kyna Peeira (200 fee old-medalist) is from South Africa and Inghels, who bea he colegiate career @ Auburn fall of 2K12, is a former French junior nation champion,

    Be interesting to see if any/all make it to Rio.

    Since I believe FINA and/or IOC allow one entrant per country regardless of whether swimmer met qualification standard or not Reule might be able to go via that route if she doesn’t have a “q” cut (although she should squeeze into NAAs w/that 22.2 50 and hopefully swim faster there so she can use a yards time as qualifying — if that’s kosher.)

    The other two would likely have to qualify @ their respective Trials.

    Wonder if Botswana has eever sent any swimmers to the Games> They have excellent track athletes, men and women.

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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