PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 21, 2016) – The USMMA women's swimming & diving team competed at the very competitive Metropolitan Collegiate Championship Meet this past weekend at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. The event featured one Division I team, numerous Division II teams and several Division III teams. After the three days, the Mariners finished in eighth place overall and fifth out of D3 teams.
Merchant Marine had two team members earn NCAA Qualifying marks in three different events, as junior Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) earned the cuts in both the one- and three-meter diving events, while freshman Tyler Wickesberg (Albuquerque, N.M.) earned a D3B cut in the 100 backstroke.
Wickesberg also broke three Academy records in preliminary events and then rebroke them in the finals at night. She sent new marks in the 50 freestyle (24.57), 100 back (57.34) and 100 free (53.16). Fentress set a new Academy record in the three-meter dive with a score of 492.25 in the preliminaries and then finished the event in first place over all with a score of 472.40 in the finals. It was the Mariners' only first-place finish on the weekend.
The 800 freestyle relay squad of Wickesberg, freshman Ella Sherrill (Ketchikan, Alaska), junior Jolyn Green (Riverside, Calif.) and sophomore Liz Grove (Winchester, Va.) also broke the Academy record by finishing with a time of 8:04.72, almost four seconds ahead of the previous mark.
The following swimmers and divers also reached the finals in their respective events:
- Green, who finished ninth in the 200 individual medley with a finals time of 2:12.36 (2:13.10 in prelims)
- Grove, who finished 12th in the 200 IM with a finals time of 2:14.38 (2:15.83 in prelims)
- Sherrill, who finished 23rd in the 50 freestyle with a finals time of 25.74 (25.42 in prelims)
- Fentress, who finished first in the three-meter dive with a finals score of 472.40 (492.25 in prelims)
- Sophomore Briana Buderus (Flower Mound, Texas) in the 3m dive with a finals score of 274.30 (326.15 in prelims)
- Wickesberg, Green, Sherrill and Grove, who finished seventh in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:04.31 (4:04.80 in prelims)
- Freshman Colleen Griffin (Kinnelon, N.J.), senior Elizabeth Rose (Hamilton, Ohio), junior Catherine Don (Quincy, Ill.) and sophomore Rebecca Slezak (Middle River, Md.), who finished 15th in the 200 freestyle relay with a finals time of 2:03.82 (2:05.25 in prelims)
- Grove, who finished 10th in the 400 individual medley with a finals time of 4:52.41 (4:55.06 in prelims)
- Wickesberg, who finished sixth in the 100 butterfly with a finals time of 59.08 (59.41 in prelims)
- Sherrill, who finished 21st in the 200 freestyle with a finals time of 2:02.47 (2:02.95 in prelims)
- Green, who finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a finals time of 1:08.80 (1:08.26 in prelims)
- Rose, who finished 24th in the 100 breast with a finals time of 1:13.85 (1:13.72 in prelims)
- Wickesberg, who finished third in the 100 backstroke with a finals time of 57.63 (57.74 in prelims)
- Fentress, who finished fourth in the one-meter diving with a finals time of 419.55 (403.40 in prelims)
- Grove, who finished 15th in the 200 backstroke with a finals time of 2:13.88 (2:14.00 in prelims)
- Wickesberg, who finished 10th in the 100 freestyle with a finals time of 53.16 (53.23 in prelims)
- Sherrill, who finished 22nd in the 100 free with a finals time of 55.57 (55.22 in prelims)
- Green, who finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke with a finals time of 2:28.57 (2:29.61 in prelims)
- Rose, who finished 20th in the 200 breast with a finals time of 2:41.23 (2:42.33 in prelims)
- Wickesberg, Sherrill, Green and Grove in the 400 freestyle relay with a finals time of 3:40.72 (3:40.15 in prelims)
Up next, Fentress will compete in the NCAA Diving Regional Meet next weekend for a chance to qualify for the National Championships in both the one- and three-meter diving events. Also, Wickesberg will await word from the NCAA on whether her qualifying marks from throughout the year are low enough to get her in the National Championships.
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