WOMEN SIT IN THIRD AFTER DAY 3 OF SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women's swimming and diving team had two swimmers and one relay team earn All-Summit League honors on Friday helping the Jaguars finish Day 3 of the 2014 Summit League Championships in third place.
IUPUI sits in third place with 340 points, trailing Denver and South Dakota. The Pioneers lead with 686.5 points, followed by the Jackrabbits with 365 points.
"We broke some more school records today, which is always great for our kids, but I was really pleased with all the personal bests we had out there today," head coach Matt Bos said. "Maranda and Maddie [Bradford] really stepped up in the 100 fly and Sarah Rozow came through with a lifetime best in the 100 back. Those are the types of swims you need in a meet like this."
In the morning prelims, the Jags had at least one swimmer advance to the 'A' finals in all five individual events.
Natalie Trout led off the morning with a new school record in 400 IM prelims timing in at 4:30.50 to earn the sixth overall seed in the 'A' final.
Maranda Buha followed Trout by shaving more than two seconds off her previous personal-best with a mark of 56.79 in the 100 fly to pick up the No. 4 seed in the 'A' final. Madeline Bradford also registered a time of 58.50 to make her way into the 'B' final.
Margaret Barber had a personal best in the 200 free prelims and nearly beat Trout's school record set in opening leg of 800 free relay on Wednesday when she clocked time of 1:51.82 to claim the third seed in 'A' final. Madison Taylor's time of 1:55.18 in the morning prelims was good enough to get her into 'B' final.
Jennifer Oleksiak continued her stellar meet when she jumped in the pool and set a new school-record during the 100 breast prelims with time of 1:03.21 to earn second seed heading into the evening.
Alexus Laird then closed out the morning with a solid 55.20 to place third in 100 back, which made her the third seed entering the evening 'A' final.
Trout came back in the evening and fluctuated between fourth and sixth place before eventually finishing fifth with an even better school-record time of 4:28.85.
Prior to Buha hitting the blocks in the 100 fly 'A' final, Bradford went a career-best 57.97 in the 100 fly 'B' final to place second in the heat and 10th overall, while Karyn Wade also bested one minute with a 14th-place time of 59.75. Then, Buha bettered her prelims time with a mark of 57.26 to place sixth overall.
Taylor added a 13th-place finish in the 200 free preceding Barber's sixth-place time of 1:52.35 in the 'A' final, but then Oleksiak put together her second all-conference performance of the meet. Oleksiak was neck-and-neck with top seed Amanda Sanders, and Sanders managed to eke out a 0.50 victory over Oleksiak, but her time of 1:03.00 broke her own school record set earlier in the day.
To close out the individual swimming events, Sarah Rozow tied for first in the 'B' final of the 100 back with a PR of 58.32, before Laird hit the podium with an all-conference swim of 55.27 to finish third.
To finish off the evening, the team of Laird, Oleksiak, Buha and Taylor posted a 400 medley relay time of 3:46.06 to place second.
The Jags close out the conference championships on Saturday, Feb. 22, with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m.