Miler stars at first day of nationals

Miler stars at first day of nationals

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Tamara Miler got the 2016 NJCAA swimming and diving championship meet off to a rousing start Wednesday, winning the 1000 freestyle to highlight the first day of action for the Monroe men and women. 

The sophomore, who won individual titles in the 500 and 1,650 free a year ago, left no doubt in the 1000. Miler's time of 10:05.51 was almost 20 seconds better than runner-up Olivia Jacobi of Indian River State College. 

Miler is now the national record holder in the event, which was being raced at nationals for the first time. Teammate Megan Mack finished fourth in the event in a time of 11:02.88.

Katie Lowry registered a second-place finish in 1-meter diving with a score of 338.55.

The Monroe women are currently in fourth place with a team score of 116 - 1 behind Iowa Central. The Tribune men are fifth with 73 points. 

Jon Manwarren earned an eighth-place finish in the 1000 for the MCC men (10:29.04), and Michael Loucks was eighth in the 200 IM (2:02.00). Kyle Callan finished ninth in the 50 free (22.12).

Angela Bozza was eighth in the 200 IM (2:31.34), and Abby Tripp placed 12th in the 50 free (25.52) for the ladies.