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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern
Florida International continued to dominate the action in the first event of prelims. Teammates Ilaria Manzella and Kyna Pereira took the top two spots in the 500 freestyle prelims in times of 4:49.80 and 4:50.01. They were followed by Rice’s Hanna Huston who posted a 4:51.02. From there, the drop off to the fourth seed was four seconds, so these women should have an impressive race tonight.
Rice sophomore Jaecy Parham recorded an NCAA B cut to take the top seed in the 200 IM. The sophomore posted a 2:00.41. Marshall’s Caroline Wanner earned the second seed with a time of 2:02.06. Agi Bucz of Florida Atlantic is the third seed, finishing in 2:02.17 this morning.
FIU put an impressive five swimmers in tonight’s Championship final of the 50 freestyle. Freshman Naomi Ruele swam a 22.33, slipping six hundredths under the 2015 NCAA invited time, and improving on her own B cut. The swim also tied the meet record, set by SMU’s Idabella Arcila in 2013. Tonight, Ruele should be swimming ahead of the pack in an effort to become the sole record holder. Teammate Letizia Bertelli was seven tenths of a second back in 23.03 for second. Marshall’s Gloriya Mavrova was just behind, touching in 23.04 for the third seed.
Finals action starts at 6 tonight. In addition to these three events, there will be a timed finals of the 200 freestyle realy and finals of three meter diving.
Live results available here: 2016 Conference USA Women: Psych Sheet – Results