2016 AT&T USA Winter Nationals
Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center
Senior Carly DeLiberty and sophomore Nicole Petta competed in the 100-yard breaststroke at the AT&T USA Winter Nationals on Friday, Dec. 2.
DeLiberty and Petta are the first two Rhody swimmers to compete at Winter Nationals since Chaya Zabludoff in 2014.
- DeLiberty finished fifth in her heat and 45th overall with a time of 1:03.92.
- Petta finished seventh in the same heat and 50th overall with a time of 1:04.43.
- DeLiberty and Petta placed higher than every Ram besides Zabludoff that has competed at Winter Nationals in the past.
- The two will also compete in a time trial exhibition for the 200-yard breaststroke tomorrow, Dec. 3.
- The 100-yard breaststroke was highlighted by 2012 United States Olympian Breeja Larson. Larson finished the preliminaries second overall with a time of 59.14.
- Also competing was 2016 United States Olympian Melanie Margalis, who finished in fourth with a 59.50.
- In the 100-yard breaststroke as well was 17-year-old Margaret Aroesty, who holds the record for being the youngest swimmer to swim the 100-yard breaststroke in under 59 seconds. She finished in eighth place with a time of 1:00.70.
- The winner of the preliminaries was Miranda Tucker from Club Wolverine in Michigan. She finished the race with a 59.00.
Words from Assistant Coach Lilli Falconer
"The girls swam really well and I think they were happy with their times. I know I was happy with their times. Going forward, there are some things we need to focus on for championships, but we have plenty of time to do that. The girls are refocused and are now better prepared for the high intensity of Atlantic 10's. We are thrilled to be part of this meet and to swim with athletes of this caliber. It's been an awesome experience and we are really proud of Carly and Nicole."
The Rams are off until the end of the month when they leave for their winter training trip in Sarasota, Fla. on Dec. 29. They will return home for their Senior Day against Wagner on Saturday, Jan. 14.