Florida International Wins Both Relays to Start Conference USA

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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 RueleChase HarrisLetizia Bertelli, and Jenny Deist stopped the clock at 1:40.60 to claim the first conference title of the year. Marshall’s Chloe ParsemainMikaya ReynoldsGloriya Mavrova, and Lauren Cowher finished second for Marshall in 1:41.21. Rice rounded out the top three. The team of Shelly PattonMaire-Claire SchillingerKiley Beall, and Jaecey Parham stopped the clock at 1:41.24.

FIU was first to the wall again in the 800 freestyle relay. Skye CareyJessica PiperBecky Wilde, and Kyna Pereira finished in a time of 7:12.92. Rice’s Alicia CaldwellKaitlyn SwinneyHanna Huston, and Anniina Ala-Seppala touched second with a 7:17.82. Marshall earned third place points. Maggie StovallMadison PulferBrittany 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

  1. Florida International University 80
  2. Rice University 66
  3. Marshall University 66
  4. Old Dominion University 58
  5. University of North Texas 58
  6. Florida Atlantic University 52

Live results available here: 2016 Conference USA Live Results – Results

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and 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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