Dillione Breaks 100 Fly Record, Hits NCAA “B” Cut as Spartan Women Sit Fourth at Wooster Invite

Maggie Dillione (photo by Lynne Browske)
Maggie Dillione (photo by Lynne Browske)

WOOSTER, Ohio – Junior captain Maggie Dillione (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) broke her own school record in the 100-yard butterfly prelims,  then bettered her time during the finals as the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team stayed in fourth place after day two of the College of Wooster Invitational at the Ellen Shapiro Natatorium.

With 10 schools competing, the top five in the team standings saw a flip-flop in the first two spots, but the other three remained the same. A pair of NCAA Division II schools lead the team scoring with Gannon University (Pa.) at 1,058.5 points and Edinboro University (Pa.) at 1,020. Wooster is third at 859, while the Spartans are fourth at 672, and Westminster College (Pa.) is fifth at 609.

During the morning prelims, Dillione swam to a time of 56.52 seconds, beating her previous mark of 57.35 set last winter. Dillione then improved on her NCAA "B" Cut with a first-place time of 56.25 during the 24-swimmer finals.

In addition, junior Sara Tillie (Fallston, Md./Fallston) followed up her third-place finish in yesterday's 200 individual medley with a third-place showing in the 30-swimmer field of the 400 IM (4:39.46). In the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Brianna Cain (Perry, Ohio/Perry) placed fifth of 24 with a time of 1:09.90.

The Spartans closed out the women's portion of the evening as the runner up in the 800 free relay as the quartet of Tillie, freshmen Alison Thirion (Cortland, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) and Rebecca Pakradooni (Martinez, Ga./Lakeside), and Dillione touched the wall in 7:47.36.

The third and final day of the Wooster Invite is set for tomorrow with 10:00 a.m. prelims and 5:00 p.m. finals.