PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2017) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's swimming & diving team competed in the annual Metropolitan Championship Meet this past weekend at Rutgers University. The Mariners had their best finish in head coach Sean Tedesco's career at Kings Point, as they came in fifth place out of the field of 16 teams.
Senior diver Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) was named the Metropolitan Conference Diver of the Year after she won the three-meter event on Friday night and placed second in the one-meter board on Saturday. She recorded NCAA qualifying scores in both events with a 451.20 in the three-meter and a 455.55 in the one-meter.
The Mariners saw four Academy records broken over the weekend. Freshman Meika Gathy (Waterford, Conn.) broke two by herself and was part of one of two relay teams that set a new school mark. Individually, she achieved a new Academy record in the 200 free (1:59.01) and the 500 free (5:19.67 – by two seconds), while she also led off the 800 free relay team (which she set the 200 free record in) and combined with junior Hallie Breidenthal (Overland Park, Kan.), sophomore Ella Sherrill (Ketchikan, Alaska) and senior Jolyn Green (Riverside, Calif.) to break the 800FR record with a time of 8:02.63.
The 200 medley relay team of freshman Erica Lou (Flushing, N.Y.), Green, Breidenthal and Sherrill set a new Academy record in 1:50.92.
Up next, Fentress will compete in the NCAA DIII Diving Regionals hosted by MIT up in Cambridge, Mass. this coming Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25. She will be joined by sophomore teammate Kara Korengel (Cincinnati, Ohio) at the event, and the duo will look to make it through regionals to the NCAA DIII Swimming & Diving National Championship Meet in mid-March.
Below are more notes from this weekend's Metropolitan Championships.
Top 8 Finalist (Top 24 score):
- 200 free relay of Green, Lou, Grove and freshman Fallon Wulff (Chapel Hill, N.C.) placed fifth
- Green placed seventh and Lou placed eighth in the 200 individual medley
- 400 medley relay of Lou, Green, Breidenthal and Sherrill placed sixth
- 200 medley relay broke Academy Record by .4 and placed seventh – Lou, Green, Breidenthal and Sherrill
- Lou placed seventh in the 400 IM and narrowly missed Academy Record by less than one second
- Breidenthal placed sixth in the 100 butterfly
- 400 free relay placed seventh – Sherrill, Breidenthal, Lou and Gathy – and just missed Academy record by .3.
- Fentress placed first on three-meter board
- Junior Briana Buderus (Flower Mound, Texas) placed fifth on three-meter board
- Freshman Kellie Beadle (Lebanon, Tenn.) placed 7th on 3 meter
- Fentress placed second on one-meter board
- Korengel placed fifth on one-meter board
- Buderus placed seventh on one-meter board
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