Miler defends title in the 500

Miler defends title in the 500

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Tamara Miler turned in yet another dominating performance at the 2016 NJCAA swimming and diving championship meet on Friday.

The sophomore sensation won her third individual title in three days after taking first in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:56.44. That time was nearly 11 seconds better than the runner-up finisher, and just three seconds off the NJCAA national mark.

Miler's efforts have the Lady Tribunes in fourth place with 329 points heading to the final day of action on Saturday. Monroe is just four points behind third-place Iowa Central.

The MCC men are firmly entrenched in fifth place with a score of 248 heading to Saturday.

Ayoub Tahiri kicked things off for Monroe by placing ninth in the men's 100 IM (56.59) on Friday. Next up was the women's 500, where Miler was looking to defend her national title from 2015.

She wasted little time gaining an edge and quickly pulled away from the field.  Each of her five 100-yard splits were under a minute.

Megan Mack was seventh in the 500 for MCC in a time of 5:24.01. Hannah Fedeli placed 10th (5:34.14).

Jon Manwarren was eighth in the men's 500 (5:04.15).

The 100 back was up next. Kristin Brown was 15th for the women (1:12.18), while Michael Loucks placed 13th for the men (56.71).

Angela Bozza took eighth in the 100 breast (1:14.44), and Mariano Lopez was 12th (1:04.21).

The 200 fly followed. Abby Tripp finished eighth for the women (2:24.84) and Ilya Shinkeyev seventh for the men (2:05.35).

The evening closed with the 800 free relay, and the women's team of Miler, Fedeli, Brown, and Mack was second in 8:10.69. 

The men's team of Shinkeyev, Manwarren, Austin Woerner, and Cook placed third in 7:21.74.

Earlier int he day, Katie Lowry took home a second-place finish in 3-meter diving with a score of 324.95.