Keire Breaks Meet Record On Day 2 of American Athletic Conference Championships

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To begin night two of the American Athletic Conference Championships, Connecticut’s Emma Smith narrowly clinched the women’s 500 free title, posting a time of 4:44.34. The sophomore dropped ten seconds from her seed time for her first American Athletic Conference title.

East Carolina’s Marion Abert finished a close second in 4:44.73 while Houston’s Zarena Brown took third in 4:46.11.

Southern Methodist’s Jonathan Gomez won the men’s 500 free by three seconds in 4:17.68. The junior broke the previous meet record set back in 2015.

Cincinatti’s Din Selmanovic placed second in 4:20.44 while his teammate Christopher Bready took third in 4:21.38.

Houston’s Laura Laderoute won her first college championship title in the women’s 200 IM. The freshman took first in 2:00.02, nearly cracking the two-minute barrier.

Cincinnati’s Samantha Wheatley finished a close second in 2:00.42 while Tulane’s Michelle Zelnick took third in 2:00.84.

East Carolina’s Fran Krznaric took the top spot in the men’s 200 IM. The senior finished over two seconds ahead of the rest of the field, touching in 1:45.71.

Connecticut’s Matt Dagenais took silver in 1:47.78 and his teammate Will Kearsey took third in 1:48.47.

Cincinnati’s Jacqueline Keire won the women’s 50 free in 22.19. Her time broke the meet record of 22.25 set back in 2015.

Southern Methodist’s Hannah Rogers took second in 22.84 and her teammate Vicky Cunningham took third in 22.88.

East Carolina’s John Myhre won a close men’s 50 free final, touching first in 20.11. The junior’s time was an NCAA B standard.

Connecticut’s James Donlevy touched second in 20.22 and Southern Methodist’s Ziga Cerkovnik placed third in 20.27.

Souther Methodist’s Bryce Klein added a win in the men’s 1m diving event after taking first in the 3m last night. The junior posted a score of 277.35, 67 points ahead of the runner-up.

East Carolina’s Zach Duvall took second with 310.25 points and Connecticut’s Dan Kinney dove to third with a score of 297.45.

Cincinnati won’s the women’s 200 free relay only .08 ahead of second place. The team of Lindsey Niehaus (23.51), Michaela Wheeler (22.85), Katie Gob (23.05), and Keire (21.63) finished in 1:31.04.

Southern Methodist took second in 1:31.12 and Houston finished third in 1:31.61.

Southern Methodist’s Ralph Koo (20.19), Nick Badsky (20.01), Cerkovnik (19.65), and Christian Scherubl (20.31) won the men’s 200 free relay in 1:20.16.

East Carolina finished second in 1:20.83 and Cincinnati finished third in 1:21.62.

2017 American Athletic Conference Day 2 Finals – Results

Women’s Team Scores:

1. Cincinnati-235
2. Houston-231
3. Southern Methodist-213
4. East Carolina-192
5. Connecticut-187
6. Tulane-131

Men’s Team Scores:

1. East Carolina-327
2. Cincinnati-292
3. Connecticut-267
3. Southern Methodist-267

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Author: Chandler Brandes

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Chandler Brandes is a junior at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Coaching and Sports Management. She is a former swimmer for the Catamounts and this is her third year on board with Swimming World.

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