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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern
2016 Conference USA Action began in Atlanta tonight and Florida International jumped out to a quick lead, winning both of the relays.
The 200 medley relay was the first event of the weekend. Naomi Ruele, Chase Harris, Letizia Bertelli, and Jenny Deist stopped the clock at 1:40.60 to claim the first conference title of the year. Marshall’s Chloe Parsemain, Mikaya Reynolds, Gloriya Mavrova, and Lauren Cowher finished second for Marshall in 1:41.21. Rice rounded out the top three. The team of Shelly Patton, Maire-Claire Schillinger, Kiley Beall, and Jaecey Parham stopped the clock at 1:41.24.
FIU was first to the wall again in the 800 freestyle relay. Skye Carey, Jessica Piper, Becky Wilde, and Kyna Pereira finished in a time of 7:12.92. Rice’s Alicia Caldwell, Kaitlyn Swinney, Hanna Huston, and Anniina Ala-Seppala touched second with a 7:17.82. Marshall earned third place points. Maggie Stovall, Madison Pulfer, Brittany Wilkerson, and Anna Lynch stopped the clock at 7:20.83.
Action resumes at 10:30 tomorrow, with the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, and three meter diving. In finals, beginning at 6PM, timed finals of the 200 freestyle relay will also be swum.
Team Scores through Event 2
- Florida International University 80
- Rice University 66
- Marshall University 66
- Old Dominion University 58
- University of North Texas 58
- Florida Atlantic University 52
Live results available here: 2016 Conference USA Live Results – Results