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Morning in Texas

The morning session of the Sun Belt Swimming & Diving Championships provided little surprise for FIU outside of freshman Jessica Chadwick. That's not exactly bad.

Chadwick swam a 2:03.24 in the 200 individual medley, 7.67 seconds faster than her season best time, to make tonight's eight-swimmer final and give FIU half the swimmer's in the final. Chadwick's time put her ahead of sophomore Dani Meara (2:04.56) and behind sixth-fastest, senior Marina Ribi (2:01.98). The fastest in the morning, predictably, was defending 200 IM champion Johanna Gustafsdottir, whose 1:59.66 was the only time under two minutes.

In the 500 freestyle, junior Sonia Perez qualified for the final with a 4:48.43, 85 hundredths of a second behind North Texas Jana Burkard. Sophomore Klara Andersson also qualified second in the 50 free (23.32). The top three, Anderson sandwiched by Western's Paige Drazga and Hilary Mishler, were separated by nine hundreths of a second.

And in the 3-meter diving, the sky is still blue -- junior Sabrina Beaupre's 317.95 beat North Texas' Rebecca Taylor by 28.7 points. Go 28.7 points behind Taylor and you've gone past Nos. 3, 4 and 5.



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