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The Toledo Rockets have announced the signing of 3 student-athletes for their women’s swimming & diving program, including Bosnia & Herzegovinia National Record holder Nejla Karic, Canadian Sydney Conrad, and suburban Chicago-based diver Madison Giglio.
Karic is the biggest get of the group and is a middle distance-to-distance freestyler. She holds 4 National Records in her native B&H individually and is a member of 5 National Record holding relays.
Karic’s best times:
|400 free||4:24.83||4:17.03||4:47.98 (500y)|
|800 free||9:06.64||8:57.46||10:12.48 (1000y)|
|1500 free||17:37.56||17:37.40||17:16.82 (1650y)|
Karic holds National Records in the 800 and 1500 freestyles in both long course and short course.
Her converted times, while not foolproof as conversions, would place her in the school’s top 10 ever in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyles. Toledo’s most recent success came in the mid-distance freestyles where Karic specializes: Jacy Dyerwas an NCAA qualifier in the 200, 500, and 1650 frees in the early 2010s and a 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier.
Syndey Conrad of the Guelph Marlins in Guelph, Ontario finished 4th in the 100 fly at the Speedo Western Canada Championships.
Conrad’s best times:
Conrad’s best time in her best event, the 100 fly, converts to a 55.8 in yards – which would also be in the school’s all-time top 10 list.
After a 7th-place finish at last year’s MAC Championships (out of 8 teams), butterfliers will be crucial to the team’s future if they want to move up the rankings and compete with Akron, which has the best mid-major butterfly group in the country, including a couple of NCAA Championship qualifiers.
Madison Giglio comes to Toledo from Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill. Giglio competed at the 2019 U.S.A. Diving Rising Stars Championships, placing ninth on the one-meter board and 16th on the three-meter board. The Orland Park, Ill. native competed at the 2019 Illinois-Wisconsin Association Championships, taking fourth on the one-meter board with a score of 311.50. Giglio was a 2019 U.S.A. Diving Junior Region 7 Championship participant.
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