NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2015) – The USMMA women's swimming & diving team travelled to Rutgers University this past weekend to take part in the Metropolitan Conference Championship Meet. The Mariners placed eighth out of the 18 teams competing at the event and had one team member claim an individual championship, sophomore Blythe Fentress (Shady Shores, Texas) in the one-meter dive. The squad also broke six Academy records over the weekend.
Fentress earned a score of 419.30 in the one-meter diving competition, which was nearly 17 points ahead of second place. The mark qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
Freshman Liz Grove (Winchester, Va.) set a program record in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:46.92 during the preliminaries and then broke her own record later in the meet during the finals, touching in 4:45.29.
Senior Jacqueline White (Oradell, N.J.) set two new Academy records at the event, breaking her own mark in both the 100 backstroke by one second in a time trial (58.89) and the 200 back (2:05.51) which she had previously set last week at the Landmark Championships.
In the 200 breaststroke, senior Emily Boyson (Garland, Texas) claimed a school record with a time of 2:24.64, a quarter-of-a-second quicker than the mark she had previously set.
White, Grove and sophomores Catherine Don (Quincy, Ill.) and Jolyn Green (Riverside, Calif.) made up the 800 freestyle relay team that touched in 8:08.28 and crushed the Academy record by eight seconds.
This coming weekend, Feb. 27-28, the Mariner divers take part in the NCAA Division III Diving Regionals, hosted by Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. The rest of the squad will find out on Wednesday if their qualifying times will earn them invites to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held in Shenandoah, Texas, March 18-21.