Miler leads women to third place; Monroe men take fifth

Miler leads women to third place; Monroe men take fifth

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Tamara Miler won yet another individual event national title - this time in the 1650 Free - to lead the MCC women's swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the 2016 NJCAA championship meet.

The women finished with 435 points to take third and were just two points ahead of Iowa Central.  Indian River State College won once again on both the men's and women's sides.

The Monroe men placed fifth with a four-day team total of 329.

Miler finished the meet by winning four total events: the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyles. She won the mile on Saturday in a time of 16:51.33, which was just six seconds off the national record and over 40 seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher.

Abby Tripp had a memorable finish in the 50 fly, taking home fourth place in a time of 26.81. Kristin Brown was 14th in the 100 free (57.94), and Emma Leonard was 15th in the 200 back (2:34.56).

Angela Bozza finished eighth in the 200 breast (2:36.85) for Monroe. The 400 free relay team of Miler, Tripp, Brown, and Megan Mack was fourth in 3:43.74.

Ayoub Tahiri got the MCC men started on Saturday with a ninth-place finish in the 50 fly (24.12).  Jason Cook was 11th in the 100 free (49.82) and Ryan DeWeaver was 13th in the 1650 (18:35.91).

Michael Loucks placed ninth in the 200 back (2:00.70) and Marinao Lopez was 12th in the 200 breast (2:23.48).  Ilya Shinkeyev, Cook, Austin Woerner, and Kyle Callan guided the 400 free relay team to fifth place in 3:17.51.