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Dillione named two-time All-American in 100-, 200-yard butterfly

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Junior captain Maggie Dillione picked up a pair of All-American laurels with a 12th place finish in the 200-yard butterfly and a 14th place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2013 NCAA Championship.

Swimmer finishes 12th, 14th in first ever trip to national champinonship

Case Western Reserve University junior captain Maggie Dillione returned from the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship a two-time All-American after a pair of top-16 finishes.

The meet was held at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

Dillione picked up a 12th-place finish in her flagship event, the 200-yard butterfly, and a 14th-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Her two finishes earned her honorable mention All-American status in both events for finishing in the 9-16th place range. In the 200-yard butterfly she opened in the preliminary heat with a time of 2:04.25 and swam a time of 2:04.73 in the finals. She swam a time of 56.74 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly finals and a time of 56.26 seconds in the preliminary heat.

Dillione entered the meet seeded fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and finished ninth in the preliminary heats. Dillione was seeded 14th in the 100-yard butterfly and finished in that position in both of the preliminary and final heats.

Senior Hannah Saiz of Kenyon College won the 200-yard butterfly. Saiz swam a 1:57.42 championship final to win by over four-seconds after a time of 1:55.98 in the preliminary heat. Kirsten Nitz of Wheaton College scored the upset of Saiz in the final of the 100-yard butterfly, bouncing back from a time of 54.07 seconds in the qualifying races to win the national championship in 53.08 seconds. Saiz was second in 53.20 seconds.

Dillione also swam the 50-yard freestyle as a warm-up event on Wednesday, Mar. 20. She finished 44th in the nation with a time of 24.58 seconds in the race.

Dillione is first All-American in program history since Lauren Preyss in 2007.

The trip was the third-year swimmers first to the NCAA Championship as Dillione looks to gear up for her final season next year as a Spartan.

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