Maggie Dillione Competes on Day One of NCAA Championship in Texas

Maggie Dillione competes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Lone Star state.
Maggie Dillione competes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Lone Star state.

SHEAONDOAH, Texas – Case Western Reserve University junior captain Maggie Dillione (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) opened her week at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship Meet on Wednesday morning at Conroe ISD Natatorium.

Dillione, whose specialty event is the 200-yard butterfly, competed in the 50 freestyle prelims as a warm-up for the next two days of competition. In the 50 free, Dillione swam to a time of 24.58 seconds to place 44th overall.

The third-year Spartan is back in the pool tomorrow morning for the 100 fly, where she enters as the No. 14 seed with a mark of 56.25.

Dillione then swims in the 200 fly on Friday as the No. 4 seed with a school-record time of 2:03.20. She achieved her entry time when she won the University Athletic Association Championship in the event back on February 16. Senior Hannah Saiz of 23-time National Champion Kenyon College is the top seed in the event with a time of 1:57.32.

Prelims and finals begin each day at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) and 6:00 p.m. (CDT), respectively.

Dillione is the first CWRU female to compete at the NCAA Championship since Lauren Preyss earned All-American honors in three separate events in 2007.