Florida International Clinches Conference USA Championship

Photo Courtesy: FIU Athletics

Florida International clinched the 2017 Conference USA Championship with a margin of victory of almost 200 points over second place Rice.

FIU started the night off with a win in the 1650 from Kyna Pereira at 16:27.48. Rice’s Sarah Nowaski finished second at 16:30.66 and Rice’s Hanna Huston was third at 16:35.65.

 Event 15  Women 1650 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 15:59.96  2/25/2006 Flavia Rigamonti, SMU
                 15:53.50  A NCAA Automatic
                 16:17.36  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 16:30.59  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School               Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Pereira, Kyna    JR FIU              16:26.04   16:27.48 B       20  
    r:+0.77  26.69        55.61 (28.92)
        1:24.93 (29.32)     1:54.34 (29.41)
        2:24.38 (30.04)     2:54.15 (29.77)
        3:24.08 (29.93)     3:54.17 (30.09)
        4:24.34 (30.17)     4:54.63 (30.29)
        5:24.71 (30.08)     5:55.00 (30.29)
        6:25.53 (30.53)     6:55.80 (30.27)
        7:25.85 (30.05)     7:55.97 (30.12)
        8:26.10 (30.13)     8:56.35 (30.25)
        9:26.82 (30.47)     9:57.07 (30.25)
       10:27.49 (30.42)    10:57.55 (30.06)
       11:27.91 (30.36)    11:58.41 (30.50)
       12:28.37 (29.96)    12:58.46 (30.09)
       13:28.51 (30.05)    13:58.62 (30.11)
       14:28.66 (30.04)    14:58.59 (29.93)
       15:28.44 (29.85)    15:58.38 (29.94)    16:27.48 (29.10)
  2 Nowaski, Sarah   FR Rice             16:41.75   16:30.66         17  
    r:+0.72  27.88        57.67 (29.79)
        1:27.77 (30.10)     1:58.11 (30.34)
        2:28.53 (30.42)     2:58.77 (30.24)
        3:29.49 (30.72)     4:00.14 (30.65)
        4:30.39 (30.25)     5:00.37 (29.98)
        5:30.58 (30.21)     6:00.65 (30.07)
        6:30.81 (30.16)     7:01.29 (30.48)
        7:31.47 (30.18)     8:01.60 (30.13)
        8:31.76 (30.16)     9:01.93 (30.17)
        9:32.11 (30.18)    10:02.19 (30.08)
       10:32.26 (30.07)    11:02.31 (30.05)
       11:32.34 (30.03)    12:02.33 (29.99)
       12:32.36 (30.03)    13:02.37 (30.01)
       13:32.41 (30.04)    14:02.29 (29.88)
       14:32.19 (29.90)    15:01.96 (29.77)
       15:31.81 (29.85)    16:01.46 (29.65)    16:30.66 (29.20)
  3 Huston, Hanna    SO Rice             16:37.11   16:35.65         16  
    r:+0.79  27.52        57.28 (29.76)
        1:27.49 (30.21)     1:57.96 (30.47)
        2:28.34 (30.38)     2:59.01 (30.67)
        3:29.63 (30.62)     4:00.26 (30.63)
        4:30.82 (30.56)     5:01.34 (30.52)
        5:31.63 (30.29)     6:02.02 (30.39)
        6:32.21 (30.19)     7:02.77 (30.56)
        7:33.13 (30.36)     8:03.54 (30.41)
        8:33.87 (30.33)     9:04.22 (30.35)
        9:34.63 (30.41)    10:04.98 (30.35)
       10:35.27 (30.29)    11:05.42 (30.15)
       11:35.42 (30.00)    12:05.57 (30.15)
       12:35.61 (30.04)    13:05.76 (30.15)
       13:36.01 (30.25)    14:06.20 (30.19)
       14:36.47 (30.27)    15:06.50 (30.03)
       15:36.56 (30.06)    16:06.52 (29.96)    16:35.65 (29.13)
  4 Therien, Claire  FR Rice             16:41.20   16:40.03         15  
    r:+0.75  28.20        58.89 (30.69)
        1:29.52 (30.63)     1:59.82 (30.30)
        2:30.19 (30.37)     3:00.65 (30.46)
        3:30.99 (30.34)     4:01.18 (30.19)
        4:31.34 (30.16)     5:01.67 (30.33)
        5:32.04 (30.37)     6:02.60 (30.56)
        6:33.16 (30.56)     7:03.48 (30.32)
        7:34.30 (30.82)     8:04.78 (30.48)
        8:35.38 (30.60)     9:06.09 (30.71)
        9:36.88 (30.79)    10:07.29 (30.41)
       10:37.90 (30.61)    11:08.03 (30.13)
       11:38.11 (30.08)    12:08.00 (29.89)
       12:38.28 (30.28)    13:08.52 (30.24)
       13:39.00 (30.48)    14:09.45 (30.45)
       14:39.87 (30.42)    15:10.20 (30.33)
       15:40.46 (30.26)    16:10.55 (30.09)    16:40.03 (29.48)
  5 Peretti, Oceane  SO FIU              17:03.97   16:44.98         14  
    r:+0.88  27.21        56.43 (29.22)
        1:25.88 (29.45)     1:55.63 (29.75)
        2:25.50 (29.87)     2:55.38 (29.88)
        3:25.50 (30.12)     3:55.42 (29.92)
        4:25.55 (30.13)     4:55.75 (30.20)
        5:26.18 (30.43)     5:56.41 (30.23)
        6:26.84 (30.43)     6:57.74 (30.90)
        7:28.35 (30.61)     7:59.15 (30.80)
        8:30.04 (30.89)     9:01.03 (30.99)
        9:32.03 (31.00)    10:02.94 (30.91)
       10:34.12 (31.18)    11:05.13 (31.01)
       11:35.86 (30.73)    12:06.91 (31.05)
       12:37.76 (30.85)    13:08.99 (31.23)
       13:40.15 (31.16)    14:11.03 (30.88)
       14:42.17 (31.14)    15:13.40 (31.23)
       15:44.53 (31.13)    16:15.29 (30.76)    16:44.98 (29.69)
  6 Lynch, Anna      SO Marshall         16:51.17   16:46.31         13  
    r:+0.76  27.29        56.49 (29.20)
        1:26.29 (29.80)     1:56.32 (30.03)
        2:26.37 (30.05)     2:56.54 (30.17)
        3:26.76 (30.22)     3:56.83 (30.07)
        4:27.06 (30.23)     4:57.43 (30.37)
        5:27.96 (30.53)     5:58.53 (30.57)
        6:29.25 (30.72)     6:59.96 (30.71)
        7:30.63 (30.67)     8:01.30 (30.67)
        8:32.25 (30.95)     9:03.00 (30.75)
        9:33.61 (30.61)    10:04.45 (30.84)
       10:35.50 (31.05)    11:06.60 (31.10)
       11:37.78 (31.18)    12:08.76 (30.98)
       12:39.79 (31.03)    13:10.76 (30.97)
       13:41.75 (30.99)    14:12.78 (31.03)
       14:43.93 (31.15)    15:14.91 (30.98)
       15:45.89 (30.98)    16:16.61 (30.72)    16:46.31 (29.70)
  7 Pulfer, Madi     JR Marshall         16:54.46   16:52.33         12  
    r:+0.74  27.75        57.19 (29.44)
        1:27.17 (29.98)     1:57.51 (30.34)
        2:27.90 (30.39)     2:58.20 (30.30)
        3:28.75 (30.55)     3:59.20 (30.45)
        4:30.10 (30.90)     5:00.86 (30.76)
        5:31.54 (30.68)     6:02.14 (30.60)
        6:33.02 (30.88)     7:04.25 (31.23)
        7:35.33 (31.08)     8:06.24 (30.91)
        8:37.36 (31.12)     9:08.39 (31.03)
        9:39.31 (30.92)    10:10.23 (30.92)
       10:40.93 (30.70)    11:11.51 (30.58)
       11:42.27 (30.76)    12:12.95 (30.68)
       12:43.94 (30.99)    13:15.10 (31.16)
       13:46.30 (31.20)    14:17.83 (31.53)
       14:49.16 (31.33)    15:20.04 (30.88)
       15:51.51 (31.47)    16:22.31 (30.80)    16:52.33 (30.02)
  8 Di Marzio, Ange  FR Marshall         17:02.61   16:54.11         11  
    r:+0.68  28.06        57.67 (29.61)
        1:27.72 (30.05)     1:58.28 (30.56)
        2:29.00 (30.72)     2:59.94 (30.94)
        3:30.53 (30.59)     4:01.15 (30.62)
        4:31.89 (30.74)     5:02.52 (30.63)
        5:33.19 (30.67)     6:03.93 (30.74)
        6:34.65 (30.72)     7:05.16 (30.51)
        7:35.94 (30.78)     8:06.70 (30.76)
        8:37.41 (30.71)     9:08.11 (30.70)
        9:38.95 (30.84)    10:09.92 (30.97)
       10:41.16 (31.24)    11:12.11 (30.95)
       11:43.17 (31.06)    12:14.04 (30.87)
       12:45.19 (31.15)    13:16.39 (31.20)
       13:47.71 (31.32)    14:18.94 (31.23)
       14:50.32 (31.38)    15:21.52 (31.20)
       15:52.70 (31.18)    16:24.13 (31.43)    16:54.11 (29.98)

Rice had a big race of their own in the 200 back with a 1-2 finish from Alicia Caldwell and Jaecey Parham. Caldwell won the race with a 1:57.17 while Parham was second at 1:58.37, just holding off FIU’s Skye Carey at 1:58.46.

 Event 17  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 1:53.51  2/18/2012 Therese Svendsen, S M U-NT
                 1:51.95  A NCAA Automatic
                 1:54.63  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 1:59.19  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Caldwell, Alici  JR Rice              1:59.08    1:57.17 B       20  
    r:+0.61  27.73        57.32 (29.59)
        1:26.98 (29.66)     1:57.17 (30.19)
  2 Parham, Jaecey   JR Rice              1:59.34    1:58.37 B       17  
    r:+0.64  27.87        58.06 (30.19)
        1:28.05 (29.99)     1:58.37 (30.32)
  3 Carey, Skye      JR FIU               1:58.64    1:58.46 B       16  
    r:+0.61  27.77        57.78 (30.01)
        1:28.19 (30.41)     1:58.46 (30.27)
  4 Swinney, Kaitly  JR Rice              1:59.47    1:58.66 B       15  
    r:+0.68  28.41        58.58 (30.17)
        1:28.70 (30.12)     1:58.66 (29.96)
  5 Vandepoel, Coll  SR Old Dominion      2:00.74    1:58.84 B       14  
    r:+0.51  27.32        57.27 (29.95)
        1:28.12 (30.85)     1:58.84 (30.72)
  6 Ingram, Carin    JR Marshall          2:00.03    1:59.42         13  
    r:+0.67  27.48        57.64 (30.16)
        1:28.41 (30.77)     1:59.42 (31.01)
  7 Wanner, Carolin  SO Marshall          2:01.42    2:00.76         12  
    r:+0.63  28.50        58.92 (30.42)
        1:30.04 (31.12)     2:00.76 (30.72)
  8 VandePoel, Jack  FR Old Dominion      2:00.27    2:01.58         11  
    r:+0.66  28.30        58.77 (30.47)
        1:29.68 (30.91)     2:01.58 (31.90)

FIU got back on track in the 100 free with a win from Letizia Bertelli at 49.15. She won a stacked final ahead of Marshall’s Sirena Rowe (49.53) and FIU’s Naomi Ruele (49.84). This was Bertelli’s second win of the meet.

 Event 18  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 48.76  3/1/2008  Petra Klosova, SMU
                 47.79  A NCAA Automatic
                 48.88  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 49.99  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bertelli, Letiz  JR FIU                 49.22      49.15 B       20  
    r:+0.69  23.30        49.15 (25.85)
  2 Rowe, Sirena     FR Marshall            49.97      49.53 B       17  
    r:+0.70  23.57        49.53 (25.96)
  3 Ruele, Naomi     SO FIU                 50.41      49.84 B       16  
    r:+0.71  23.79        49.84 (26.05)
  4 Mavrova, Gloriy  JR Marshall            49.99      50.12         15  
    r:+0.68  24.21        50.12 (25.91)
  5 Rhodes, Lauren   JR Rice                50.43      50.34         14  
    r:+0.70  24.18        50.34 (26.16)
  6 Lauridsen, Mari  SO FIU                 50.37      50.44         13  
    r:+0.73  24.02        50.44 (26.42)
  7 Jensen, Emmabet  SO North Texas         50.87      50.45         12  
    r:+0.68  24.30        50.45 (26.15)
  8 Morris, Isabell  JR North Texas         50.78      50.52         11  
    r:+0.66  24.20        50.52 (26.32)

Rice picked up a big win from Marie-Claire Schillinger in the 200 breast at 2:10.92. Carita Luukkanen of Florida International was second at 2:12.43 and Claudia Kitching of North Texas was third at 2:14.13.

 Event 19  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 2:09.13  2/18/2012 Rachel Nicol, S M U-NT
                 2:07.42  A NCAA Automatic
                 2:11.23  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 2:15.99  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Schillinger, Ma  SO Rice              2:12.20    2:10.92 IV15    20  
    r:+0.64  28.79      1:01.87 (33.08)
        1:35.89 (34.02)     2:10.92 (35.03)
  2 Luukkanen, Cari  FR FIU               2:12.75    2:12.43 B       17  
    r:+0.72  29.32      1:02.41 (33.09)
        1:36.53 (34.12)     2:12.43 (35.90)
  3 Kitching, Claud  JR North Texas       2:13.76    2:14.13 B       16  
    r:+0.71  29.84      1:03.34 (33.50)
        1:38.14 (34.80)     2:14.13 (35.99)
  4 Ragsdale, Shelb  SR Rice              2:15.78    2:14.79 B       15  
    r:+0.81  30.75      1:05.82 (35.07)
        1:40.45 (34.63)     2:14.79 (34.34)
  5 Brem, Ashley     SO Old Dominion      2:16.04    2:15.65 B       14  
    r:+0.62  29.96      1:04.33 (34.37)
        1:39.57 (35.24)     2:15.65 (36.08)
  6 Grabenhorst, Ta  FR FIU               2:16.36    2:16.25         13  
    r:+0.67  30.43      1:05.31 (34.88)
        1:40.63 (35.32)     2:16.25 (35.62)
  7 Bendziewicz, Ca  FR Marshall          2:18.10    2:17.00         12  
    r:+0.68  30.54      1:04.72 (34.18)
        1:40.56 (35.84)     2:17.00 (36.44)
  8 Teller, Ashley   JR Old Dominion      2:17.55    2:19.88         11  
    r:+0.67  31.09      1:05.81 (34.72)
        1:41.85 (36.04)     2:19.88 (38.03)

Jenny Deist of Florida International was close to breaking the meet record in the 200 fly but she fell just short of that with a 1:57.30 win. She was just off the 1:56.91 record from 2015 set by Western Kentucky’s Susan Marquess. Kiley Beall of Rice was second (2:00.50) and Kaitlin Benjamin of Rice was third (2:02.06).

 Event 20  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: R 1:56.91  2/21/2015 Susan Marquess, @WKUSwimDive
                 1:54.22  A NCAA Automatic
                 1:56.92  IV15 Invited to 2015 NCAA
                 1:59.59  B NCAA Consideration
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Deist, Jenny     SR FIU               1:58.93    1:57.30 B       20  
    r:+0.70  25.96        55.33 (29.37)
        1:25.84 (30.51)     1:57.30 (31.46)
  2 Beall, Kiley     JR Rice              2:01.10    2:00.50         17  
    r:+0.65  27.31        57.81 (30.50)
        1:28.57 (30.76)     2:00.50 (31.93)
  3 Benjamin, Kaitl  JR Rice              2:01.04    2:02.06         16  
    r:+0.79  27.79        58.47 (30.68)
        1:30.42 (31.95)     2:02.06 (31.64)
  4 Wasserman, Shir  SO Marshall          2:01.55    2:02.25         15  
    r:+0.76  27.37        58.29 (30.92)
        1:30.18 (31.89)     2:02.25 (32.07)
  5 Parsemain, Chlo  SR Marshall          2:02.58    2:02.84         14  
    r:+0.70  27.20        58.60 (31.40)
        1:30.65 (32.05)     2:02.84 (32.19)
  6 Franzen, Sydney  SO Rice              2:04.56    2:04.46         13  
    r:+0.67  27.92        59.16 (31.24)
        1:31.50 (32.34)     2:04.46 (32.96)
  7 Robins, Hannah   FR Marshall          2:04.60    2:04.78         12  
    r:+0.53  27.61        59.33 (31.72)
        1:31.67 (32.34)     2:04.78 (33.11)
  8 Schaffer, Maddi  SO Marshall          2:03.94    2:06.06         11  
    r:+0.70  28.74        59.66 (30.92)
        1:32.24 (32.58)     2:06.06 (33.82)

Florida International put a stamp on their conference win with a victorious 400 free relay. Jenny Deist (48.97), Marie Lauridsen (49.92), Letizia Bertelli (49.06) and Naomi Ruele (49.20) went 3:17.15 for a commanding win. Marshall (3:21.41) held off a good battle from North Texas (3:21.58) and Rice (3:22.44) to get second.

Event 21  Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
  Meet Record: R 3:16.19  2/18/2012 Southern Methodist University, S M U-NT
                          I Arcila, G Konicke, T Svendsen, N Rangelova
                 3:16.15  A NCAA Automatic
                 3:17.59  B NCAA Consideration
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 FIU                           3:17.60    3:17.15 B       40  
     1) Deist, Jenny SR               2) r:0.18 Lauridsen, Marie SO   
     3) r:0.34 Bertelli, Letizia JR   4) r:0.26 Ruele, Naomi SO       
    r:+0.70  23.38        48.97 (48.97)
        1:12.57 (23.60)     1:38.89 (49.92)
        2:01.97 (23.08)     2:27.95 (49.06)
        2:51.27 (23.32)     3:17.15 (49.20)
  2 Marshall                      3:24.33    3:21.41         34  
     1) Bendziewicz, Catherine FR     2) r:0.31 Rowe, Sirena FR       
     3) r:0.33 Mavrova, Gloriya JR    4) r:0.40 Parsemain, Chloe SR   
    r:+0.68  24.42        51.15 (51.15)
        1:14.98 (23.83)     1:41.20 (50.05)
        2:05.24 (24.04)     2:31.01 (49.81)
        2:55.13 (24.12)     3:21.41 (50.40)
  3 North Texas                   3:24.82    3:21.58         32  
     1) Whelan, Sara SO               2) r:0.35 Sienczyk, Jowita FR   
     3) r:0.37 Morris, Isabelle JR    4) r:0.17 Jensen, Emmabeth SO   
    r:+0.73  24.81        50.86 (50.86)
        1:14.80 (23.94)     1:41.39 (50.53)
        2:05.40 (24.01)     2:31.73 (50.34)
        2:55.15 (23.42)     3:21.58 (49.85)
  4 Rice                          3:22.27    3:22.44         30  
     1) Caldwell, Alicia JR           2) r:0.34 Ala-Seppala, Aniina SR
     3) r:0.22 Parham, Jaecey JR      4) Rhodes, Lauren JR            
    r:+0.73  24.16        50.09 (50.09)
        1:15.02 (24.93)     1:41.67 (51.58)
        2:05.48 (23.81)     2:39.24 (57.57)
        2:55.84 (16.60)     3:22.44 (43.20)
  5 Old Dominion                  3:31.08    3:28.13         28  
     1) Sjoberg, Sofie JR             2) r:0.32 VandePoel, Jacklyn FR 
     3) r:0.28 Vandepoel, Colleen SR  4) r:0.37 Norris, Stephanie SR  
    r:+0.70  24.53        51.46 (51.46)
        1:16.61 (25.15)     1:44.60 (53.14)
        2:08.87 (24.27)     2:36.81 (52.21)
        3:01.43 (24.62)     3:28.13 (51.32)
  6 FAU                           3:33.87    3:29.59         26  
     1) Mark, Devon FR                2) r:0.14 Roper, Hannah SR      
     3) r:0.32 Witkay, Kelsey FR      4) r:0.03 Musleh, Lydia SO      
    r:+0.65  25.34        52.51 (52.51)
        1:17.33 (24.82)     1:44.61 (52.10)
        2:09.51 (24.90)     2:37.27 (52.66)
        3:02.03 (24.76)     3:29.59 (52.32)

Team Standings:

  1. Florida International, 922.5
  2. Rice, 749
  3. Marshall, 724
  4. North Texas, 435.5
  5. Old Dominion, 326
  6. Florida Atlantic, 221

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