Dillione looks to leave mark at NCAA Championship


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Junior captain Maggie Dillione will compete this weekend at the NCAA Championship. Dilllione is seeded fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and will look to become the program’s first All-American since 2007.

Swimmer seeded 4th in 200 fl, 14th in 100 fly in nation

Case Western Reserve University junior captain Maggie Dillione opened her week at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship Meet on Wednesday morning at Conroe Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

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, placing 44th overall.

The third-year Spartan is back in the pool on Thursday 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 on Feb. 16. Senior Hannah Saiz, 23-time National Champion of 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. and 6:00 p.m., 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.