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Szekely Leads Falcons in First Nationals Appearance

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AUSTIN, TX.  - The Bowling Green State University swim team concluded a successful first outing at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships Saturday, with Brittany Szekely again leading the Falcons and earning a spot in BGSU history with a school-record time in the 100 freestyle.

Szekely swam the 100 yards in 50.31 during time trials, surpassing Meg Richardson's previous record mark of 50.36.  Emily Bennet also nearly eclipsed Richardson's time in the prelims, finishing in a career-best time of 50.43 - now the third fastest time in school history.

"It felt good to have two people going that fast at this point in the season," said head coach Petra Martin.  "We're really thrilled with the whole week.  This puts us in a great spot and we're really looking forward to training for the rest of the season.  This was a great experience."

Alexa Harris gave another great prelim swim for the Falcons, earning a spot in the C final of the 200 backstroke.  Harris touched in a time of 1:59.27 to finish 23rd in the prelims, earning a berth to BGSU's second final of the competition, where she ended in 24th place.

Freshman Daniela Carrillo capped off a successful run in Austin by recording her second season-best time of the weekend in the 200 breaststroke.  Carrillo placed 40th in the prelims, finishing in a time of 2:18.42.  Alexis Kain, the school record holder in the event, also hit a season-best, swimming in 2:19.56 to end in 46th place.

The championships marked the end of the Falcons' fall schedule.  The team returns to action on Jan. 12, facing Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.  Bowling Green's next home contest will be Jan. 19, when the Falcons welcome Michigan State and Buffalo to Cooper Pool.