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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern
Florida International (FIU) took the top three seeds in two different events in anther exciting morning of action in Atlanta. A significant number of NCAA B cuts were earned as well, specifically in the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.
Rice’s Kaitlyn Swinney narrowly earned the top seed in the 400 IM this morning. The sophomore touched in 4:20.43, ahead of Florida International’s Ilaria Manzella in 4:20.95. Jacey Parham of Rice rounded out the top three in 4:22.20.
FIU took the top three seeds in the 100 butterfly, all with NCAA B cuts. Senior Valerie Inghels touched in 53.69, followed closely by sophomore Marie Lauridsen (53.76) and Litizia Bertelli (54.10)
It was the Panthers again in the 200 freestyle. Kyna Pereira touched in 1:49.01 this morning. Sophomore classmate Skye Carey finished second in 1:49.38 while senior teammate Jessica Piper finished third in 1:49.61.
North Texas was the dominant team in morning 100 breaststroke action. Sarah Vaisse finished first this morning, stopping the clock at 1:01.75. Teammate Claudia Kitching was third in 1:02.35. Rice’s Marie-Claire Schillinger touched in 1:02.25 for second seed. The top three swimmers all hit the NCAA B cut.
Rebekah Bradley of North Texas was first to the wall in the 100 backstroke this morning. The freshman recorded a 53.13, over a second drop, to beat two FIU swimmers to the wall. Panther teammates Naomi Ruele and Jenny Alfani touched in 53.90 and 53.94. The top five swimmers were under the NCAA B cut of 55.09.
Tonight will include finals of one meter diving, after prelims take place later this afternoon. Finals begin at 6 PM.
Live results here: 2016 Conference USA Live Results – Results