February 18, 2011

Spartan Swimming & Diving Takes Three Medals on Third Day of 2011 UAA Championship

WEBSTER, N.Y. – It was a medal-winning day for the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's swimming & diving teams as two athletes scored top-three finishes and another relay team took third on day three of the 2011 UAA Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Rochester at the Webster Aquatic Center.

The Spartan men sit in fifth place as a team with 729.5 team points after three days of competition and 26 events. The women are currently in sixth with a tally of 530.5.

Freshman Maggie Dillione (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) placed second overall in the 100-yard butterfly with her time of 57.51 to highlight the night for the Spartan women and earn All-UAA honors for the first time in her young career.

Also taking home individual All-UAA honors for the Spartans, senior Robby Browning (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) touched the wall in third place in the 100 backstroke to record an NCAA Provisional mark of 51.67 and earn his third medal of the meet.

The men's foursome of seniors Browning and Peter Fino (Sterling Heights, MI/Detroit Jesuit), as well as freshmen Gus Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) and Nick Clyde (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron) took third in 1:33.46 to earn All-UAA honors. In the 200 medley relay, the women grabbed seventh-place on the strength of a time of 1:50.58.

In the men's and women's 800 freestyle relays, Case finished fifth overall with respective times of 7:07.82 (men) and 7:48.53 (women). 

Individually, Browning supplemented his third-place finish in the 100 back with a seventh-place showing in the 100 fly, recording a finals time of 51.65.

Clyde and another freshman, Karch Petersen (Nassau Bay, TX/Lutheran South Academy), finished eighth and tenth, respectively, in the 400 IM with times of 4:12.34 and 4:09.25.

Another standout rookie, Daniel Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon), who placed runner-up on the one-meter board on Thursday, took home fifth-place in the three-meter dive with a final tally of 441.20.

Senior Jacquie Buckler (Brookfield, WI/Brookfield East) scored a sixth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.09. On the men's side, Fino and Nickley grabbed back-to-back finishes of fourth and fifth-place. Nickley touched in a time of 57.91 to swipe fourth, while Fino was just behind in 58.29 to secure fifth position.   

The final day of competition will kick off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 with the 200 women's backstroke prelims. The finals session will get underway at 6:00 p.m.