Nielsen Wins 3-Meter; Franke, Luigard Set Records at Metro Championships


New Brunswick, NJ – Senior diver GRACE NIELSEN captured the 3-meter event while CLAIRE LUIGARD and MADISON FRANKE each broke school records highlighting Montclair State's first day at the 2019 Metropolitan Championships at Rutgers University on Friday. The women's team is currently in third place with 322 points after six events contested while the men are in fifth place at 115 points. Nielsen accounted for a handful of those points herself in winning the event for the second straight season. Entering the evening finals in second place, Nielsen, already qualified for next month's NCAA Regional event, was able to move up to the top of the podium with a score of 420.65 points. Franke got the first day off to a great start breaking her own record in the 50 freestyle during the morning preliminaries. She swam 24.01 seconds for the new standard which would not last long as she took it down to 23.99 in the finals finishing fourth overall. MARGAUX WINCHOCK was sixth in the same event with a time of 24.60 seconds. Luigard made it two new MSU mark on the day as she too re-established her own record in the 200 IM on her way to finishing second overall. L