2019 Conference USA Championships Day 1: Rice, Florida International Lead

30 January 2016: FIU's Naomi Ruele prepares to compete in the 100 yard freestyle as the FIU Golden Panthers faced the University of Miami Hurricanes at the Biscayne Bay Campus Aquatics Center in Miami, Florida.
Photo Courtesy: Sam Lewis

By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern.

The first finals session of the 2019 Conference USA Championships featured two events including the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

Florida International University took the first win of the night in the 200 medley relay, edging out Rice University with a 1:38.35. Shaving off 3.32 seconds off of their seed time, senior, Naomi Ruele led off with a 24.44 backstroke, followed by sophomore Sara Gyertyanffy splitting a 27.08 in the breaststroke. To finish off the last 100, sophomore Stephanie Hussey split a 24.12 at the fly and freshman Helga Fodor anchored the the panthers with a 22.71 freestyle.

Rice University took second place (1:38.70), followed by University of North Texas in third (1:40.08), Marshall University (1:40.09), Florida Atlantic University (1:43.58), and Old Dominion taking sixth place with a 1:47.37 from the evening finals.

 Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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  Meet Record: R 1:36.84  2/15/2012 Southern Methodist University, S M U-NT
                          T Svendsen, E Donadon, G Konicke, I Arcila
                 1:36.75  A
                 1:37.39  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
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  1 FIU                           1:41.67    1:38.35         40  
     1) Ruele, Naomi SR               2) r:0.22 Gyertyanffy, Sara SO  
     3) r:0.24 Hussey, Stephanie SO   4) r:0.36 Fodor, Helga FR       
    r:+0.68  24.44        51.52 (27.08)
        1:15.64 (24.12)     1:38.35 (22.71)
  2 Rice                          1:40.75    1:38.70         34  
     1) Tzenetos, Rabea SR            2) r:1.75 Schillinger, Maaire SR
     3) r:0.15 Bui, Brittany SO       4) r:0.01 Evans, Becca FR       
    r:+0.58  24.81        51.73 (26.92)
        1:16.20 (24.47)     1:38.70 (22.50)
  3 North Texas                   1:42.73    1:40.08         32  
     1) Sienczyk, Jowita JR           2) r:0.27 Rousset, Meaghan SR   
     3) r:0.55 Jensen, Emmabeth SR    4) r:0.14 Thurstin, Brittany SR 
    r:+0.63  25.24        53.49 (28.25)
        1:17.88 (24.39)     1:40.08 (22.20)
  4 Marshall                      1:43.26    1:40.09         30  
     1) O'Dell, Jordyn JR             2) r:0.22 Bendziewicz, Carine JR
     3) r:1.83 Robins, Hannah JR      4) r:0.20 Coles, Darby SO       
    r:+0.62  25.52        52.98 (27.46)
        1:17.44 (24.46)     1:40.09 (22.65)
  5 FAU                           1:44.97    1:43.58         28  
     1) Marshall, Abby SO             2) r:0.16 Ellwood, Tori SO      
     3) r:0.15 Garbett, Danica JR     4) r:0.41 Westbrook, Fatimah JR 
    r:+0.62  25.64        54.93 (29.29)
        1:20.45 (25.52)     1:43.58 (23.13)
  6 Odu Monarchs                  1:48.11    1:47.37         26  
     1) Brossier, Alizee SO           2) r:0.33 Petit, Emilie SR      
     3) r:0.33 Nardone, FeFe SO       4) r:0.29 Campbell, Nikia SO    
    r:+0.60  27.49        57.75 (30.26)
        1:23.26 (25.51)     1:47.37 (24.11)

Women’s 800 Free Relay

Rice University completed the final relay of the night, the 800 free, in first place, tying the lead for points with Florida International University. Rice’s Marta Cano-Minarro, freshman, led off the first 200 free with a 1:45.98, followed by junior, Claire Therien (1:47.85). The final 400 of Rice’s relay stayed strong with sophomore, Ellery Parish (1:46.52), and sophomore, Lindsay Mathys, anchoring the final leg (1:47.42), bringing the team in at a 7:07.77.

Florida International University took second place (7:17.34), followed by Marshall University (7:18.46), University of North Texas (7:19.19), Old Dominion University (7:29.51), and Florida Atlantic University taking sixth place with a (7:31.38).

Event 2  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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  Meet Record: R 7:04.87  2/27/2008 Southern Methodist University, SMU
                          Blackman,  Klosova, Blackman Van den Branden
                 7:02.52  A
                 7:06.19  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Rice                          7:19.14    7:07.77         40  
     1) Cano Minarro, Marta FR        2) r:0.26 Therien, Claire JR    
     3) r:0.19 Parish, Ellery SO      4) r:0.06 Mathys, Lindsay SO    
    r:+0.69  24.96        52.25 (52.25)
      1:19.23 (1:19.23)   1:45.98 (1:45.98)
        2:10.95 (24.97)     2:38.54 (52.56)
      3:06.05 (1:20.07)   3:33.83 (1:47.85)
        3:58.56 (24.73)     4:25.69 (51.86)
      4:53.05 (1:19.22)   5:20.35 (1:46.52)
        5:44.60 (24.25)     6:11.39 (51.04)
      6:39.24 (1:18.89)   7:07.77 (1:47.42)
  2 FIU                           7:20.14    7:17.34         34  
     1) Bowen, Megan JR               2) r:0.11 Hussey, Stephanie SO  
     3) r:0.24 Fodor, Helga FR        4) r:0.04 Triola, Berta JR      
    r:+0.71  25.04        52.35 (52.35)
      1:20.05 (1:20.05)   1:49.11 (1:49.11)
        2:13.72 (24.61)     2:41.13 (52.02)
      3:09.00 (1:19.89)   3:36.89 (1:47.78)
        4:01.42 (24.53)     4:28.36 (51.47)
      4:57.08 (1:20.19)   5:27.38 (1:50.49)
        5:51.67 (24.29)     6:19.10 (51.72)
      6:47.90 (1:20.52)   7:17.34 (1:49.96)
  3 Marshall                      7:34.70    7:18.46         32  
     1) Bendziewicz, Catherine JR     2) r:0.47 Coles, Darby SO       
     3) r:0.28 Di Marzio, Angelica JR 4) r:0.40 Stovall, Maggie SR    
    r:+0.67  24.94        51.98 (51.98)
      1:19.21 (1:19.21)   1:46.26 (1:46.26)
        2:11.28 (25.02)     2:38.87 (52.61)
      3:07.42 (1:21.16)   3:36.34 (1:50.08)
        4:02.39 (26.05)     4:30.65 (54.31)
      4:59.50 (1:23.16)   5:28.81 (1:52.47)
        5:53.71 (24.90)     6:21.05 (52.24)
      6:49.26 (1:20.45)   7:18.46 (1:49.65)
  4 North Texas                   7:35.57    7:19.19         30  
     1) McGee, Leigh Faires SO        2) r:0.34 Vasquez, Bryanna FR   
     3) r:0.37 Stanley, Karigan FR    4) r:0.21 Walpole, Alvena FR    
    r:+0.72  24.84        51.71 (51.71)
      1:19.52 (1:19.52)   1:47.82 (1:47.82)
        2:12.87 (25.05)     2:40.54 (52.72)
      3:09.54 (1:21.72)   3:38.63 (1:50.81)
        4:04.13 (25.50)     4:31.89 (53.26)
      5:00.72 (1:22.09)   5:30.17 (1:51.54)
        5:54.99 (24.82)     6:22.55 (52.38)
      6:50.95 (1:20.78)   7:19.19 (1:49.02)
  5 Odu Monarchs                  7:41.18    7:29.51         28  
     1) VandePoel, Jacklyn JR         2) r:0.26 Tinneny, Jacqueline FR
     3) r:0.38 Campbell, Nikia SO     4) r:0.37 Petit, Emilie SR      
    r:+0.76  24.89        52.19 (52.19)
      1:21.15 (1:21.15)   1:50.28 (1:50.28)
        2:16.06 (25.78)     2:44.45 (54.17)
      3:13.42 (1:23.14)   3:42.18 (1:51.90)
        4:08.39 (26.21)     4:37.04 (54.86)
      5:06.32 (1:24.14)   5:36.16 (1:53.98)
        6:01.71 (25.55)     6:30.10 (53.94)
      6:59.41 (1:23.25)   7:29.51 (1:53.35)
  6 FAU                           7:44.38    7:31.38         26  
     1) Atkins, Spence JR             2) r:0.19 Kok, Sharon JR        
     3) r:0.28 Martin, Sarah FR       4) r:0.08 Witkay, Kelsey JR     
    r:+0.68  25.10        52.69 (52.69)
      1:21.58 (1:21.58)   1:50.80 (1:50.80)
        2:16.49 (25.69)     2:44.19 (53.39)
      3:13.51 (1:22.71)   3:43.67 (1:52.87)
        4:09.29 (25.62)     4:37.85 (54.18)
      5:07.26 (1:23.59)   5:37.60 (1:53.93)
        6:02.75 (25.15)     6:31.74 (54.14)
      7:01.50 (1:23.90)   7:31.38 (1:53.78)