Gray claims first place in the 100 Butterfly after Saturday morning’s heats

TOPEKA, Kan.Marnie Gray led the Sycamores as the senior took first place in the 100 Butterfly heats Saturday morning at the Capitol Federal Natatorium to speed up the ISU.

A total of 27 sycamores qualified for Saturday night’s finals, which begin at 7:00 p.m. ET

Preliminaries on Saturday morning

Indiana State put together one of its broader efforts of the 2022 season in the opening morning session of the Kansas Classic. In the three heats that swam in the morning, 25 sycamores qualified for the finals, including 14 athletes who were among the potential scorers on opening day.

400 IM preliminary rounds
Alexandria Cotter set a new personal best in the 400-yard IM heats when the student hit the wall in 4:26.44 and finished third overall in the field. Alexa Szadorski (4:27.00, 4th), Molly Fogarty (4:29.01, 6th) and Katie Dougherty (4:30.17, 8th) were all in the top-10 for the Sycamores, as nine athletes in the overall field finished in the top-24.

Esther Rydbeck North (4:30.92, 13th), Colleen O’Connor (4:31.69, 15.), Dorotea Bukvic (4:31.90, 16th) and Haley Halsall (4:36.16, 20th) all finished in the top-20 of the field Makayla Surah rounded out the group in 4:40.31 (24th).

100 fly heats
Marnie Gray was just short of her record pace when she set the second-fastest 100-yard butterfly time in program history. The senior touched the wall in 54.48 on her way to victory in the prelims and first place overall. Raine Boles (56.14, 8th) and Kaimi Matsumoto (56.30, 11th) also ended up in the top 12 of the field Sarah Moreau (58.06, 25th) and Rebecca Shaffer (58.41, 26th) also advanced to the final to round out the group.

200 free pre-runs
Andrea Putrimas was the leader among the Sycamores in the 200-yard freestyle heats. The senior touched the wall in 1:52.93 on her way to seventh overall in the field. Kalli Agapios (1:53.28, 9th), Peyton Heagy (1:53.47, 10th) and Jordan Gruce (1:53.53, 12th) all finished in the top 12 of the field while Rhiannon Wozny (1:54.03, 14.) and Chloe Farro (1:54.14, 15.) also advanced. Carmina Armstrong (1:57.99, 27.) and Rose Parsons (1:58.66, 29th) completed the group of plane trees who will compete in tonight’s finals.

100 breaststroke preliminary rounds
Kaimi Matsumoto and Alexa Szadorski went the 100-yard breaststroke in the prelims Saturday morning 2-3 en route to the top five Sycamores who finished in the top 24. Matsumoto touched the wall in 1:04.18 to finish second in the preliminary field, while Szadorski was on his way to third in 1:04.27. Elle Gilkerson was also in the top 10 with a time of 1:05.08 to mark the event. Dorotea Bukvic (1:07.58, 17th), Kamila Nowak (1:08.58, 21st) and Makayla Surah (1:09.24, 25th) also made it into the final on Saturday.

100 backstroke preliminary
Maddie Rutan posted the fourth-fastest time in ISU history in the 100-yard backstroke heats when the junior touched the wall in 55.32 to lead the Sycamores in the field. Her time ranked her fourth overall in the preliminary rounds while the Roseville, Calif. native looks to defend her title in Saturday’s finals. Carmen Alard Vegas (56.39, 8th) was also in the top 10 in the field Trista Bullock (57.58, 18th) and Olivia DiRuzza (57.76, 22nd) also finished in the top 24 Tori Johns rounded out the group in 29th place with a 59.66, advancing to tonight’s finals.

Top ISU performers at each prelim event

400 yard IM: Alexandria Cotter (4:26.44, 3.)
100 yard fly: Marnie Gray (54.48, 1.)
200 meters free: Andrea Putrimas (1:52.93, 7.)
100-yard breaststroke: Kaimi Matsuomoto (1:04.18 2nd)
100 yards back: Maddie Rutan (55.32, 4.)

weekend schedule

Indiana state swimmers are back in action this weekend when the ISU heads to the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka, Kan., for the Nov. 18-20 Kansas Classic. Preliminary Qualifiers will be held daily starting at 11:00am ET, while Finals will be held in the evenings starting at 7:00pm ET.

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