The 2018 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships began Feb. 21 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Florida International won both of the opening relays in school-record times as they seek to win their fourth-consecutive Conference USA Championship title.
Florida International started the weekend off with a win in the 4×50 medley relay. The quartet of Naomi Ruele (24.53), Sara Gyertyanffy (27.41), Letizia Bertelli (23.48) and Ally Mayhew (22.42) combined to stop the clock in 1:37.84.
Rice’s Kaitlyn Swinney (25.61), Marie-Claire Schillinger (27.42), Brittany Bui (24.23) and Lauren Rhodes (22.30) finished second in 1:39.56 while Marshall’s Jordyn O’Dell (25.72), Catherine Bendziewicz (27.98), Hannah Robins (24.09) and Lauren Cowher (22.51) took third with a time of 1:40.30.
The Panthers continued their day one winning ways with a four-second victory in the 4×200 free relay. Skye Carey (1:46.99), Kyna Pereira (1:46.64), Berta Triola (1:47.83) and Megan Bowen (1:47.18) posted a final time of 7:08.64 to earn the gold.
Rice’s Alicia Caldwell (1:47.15), Ellery Parish (1:47.84), Hanna Huston (1:49.75) and Lindsay Mathys (1:50.02) swam to silver in 7:12.73 and Marshall’s Anna Lynch (53.28), Catherine Bendziewicz (1:47.17), Maggie Stoval (1:49.49) and Darby Coles (1:49.64) grabbed the bronze in 7:16.32.
Prelims will begin tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. EST.