March 20, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Michelle Cabassol's Honorable Mention All-America distinction earned via a second-place finish in the consolation final of 1-meter diving highlighted the opening day of action at the NCAA Championships for Purdue women's swimming and diving.
Cabassol finished only four tenths of a point behind the round winner, Tennessee's Victoria Lamp, with a score of 303.45 in the 1-meter diving consolation final. Cabassol earned seven team points for the Boilermakers Thursday with her 10th-place overall showing. She was 11th of 39 competitors in the preliminaries. The top eight advanced to the championship final while the ninth through 16th-place finishers in the prelims moved on to the consolation final. She earned a list score of 287.55 in the prelims, 3.8 points behind the eighth-place finisher.
Cabassol was also an All-American in 3-meter diving at the 2013 NCAA Championships after placing fourth in the championship final.
Carly Mercer, Casey Matthews and MacKenzie Tweardy competed for the Boilers at the national championship meet as well Thursday. Mercer placed 49th in the prelims of the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.94. Matthews finished 30th (250.45 points) and Tweardy 38th (227.25) in the 1-meter diving prelims. The top events for Mercer, Matthews and Tweardy -- the 100 free, 3-meter diving and platform diving, respectively -- are still to come this week.
Friday's schedule for Purdue will feature Rhiannon Sheets in the 200 free, Francesca Marr in the 100 breaststroke, and Cabassol and Matthews in 3-meter diving. The Boilermakers will also be represented by a quartet of swimmers in the 800 free relay. Matthews is the defending 3-meter national champion.
Preliminaries begin at noon ET and finals begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Purdue Results & Upcoming Schedule
Thursday, March 20
Michelle Cabassol, 303.45 - Finished 2nd in Consolation Final, 10th Overall (7 Team Points); H.M. All-America
Casey Matthews, 250.45 - Finished 30th in Prelims
MacKenzie Tweardy, 227.25 - Finished 38th in Prelims
Carly Mercer, 22.94 -- Finished 49th in Prelims
Friday, March 21 - 12 p.m. Prelims, 8 p.m. Finals (Times ET)
200 Free - Rhiannon Sheets
100 Breast - Francesca Marr
800 Free Relay
3-Meter Diving - Michelle Cabassol & Casey Matthews
Saturday, March 22 - 12 p.m. Prelims, 8 p.m. Finals (Times ET)
100 Free - Carly Mercer
200 Breast - Francesca Marr
200 Fly - Rhiannon Sheets
400 Free Relay
Platform Diving - MacKenzie Tweardy