After three days of competition, the Florida International Women are poised to claim their fourth straight conference championship. With one more day remaining in the Conference USA Championships, the Lady Panthers have a commanding lead with 707 points. Rice University comes in at a distant second with 502 points, and Marshall University is a distant third at 353 points.
In Day Three of the championships, FIU owned the Women’s 100 Fly, with Letizia Bertelli, the C-USA Swimmer of the Year last year, taking first with a time of 53.32. Teammate Ally Mayhew got a second place finish at 54.25. The win was a bit of redemption for Bartelli, who finished second in the 100 Fly at last year’s conference championships. Your text to link… Bertelli and Mayhew also joined Naomi Ruele and Carita Luukkanen for a first place finish in the 4×100 Medley Relay at 3:36.02.
Ruele, meanwhile, was a winner in the 100 Back with a time of 52.54. This comes the day after she finished first in the 50 Free. Luukkanen also had a third place finish in the 100 Breast.
Florida International also grabbed the top two spots in the 200 Free, with last year’s Swimmer of the C-USA Championships Meet Kyna Pereira coming in first at 1:46.72, and teammate Sky Carey placing second at 1:47.35. The Lady Panthers also took the top five spots in the one meter dive.