FIU’s Ruele and Quensel Wrap up Competition at NCAA Championships
By Paul Dodson
ATLANTA (March 19, 2016) – Redshirt freshman Naomi Ruele and sophomore Rebecca Quesnel wrapped up competition at this year’s NCAA Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Ruele placed 41st in the 50 Free, while Quesnel finished 38th in the Platform.
“I’m proud of our ladies this week,” Head Coach Randy Horner said. “We brought a freshman and sophomore to the meet and they gained a lot of experience. We are in the people business, it’s not just about results. We grew stronger this week.”
On Thursday, Ruele posted a time of 22.68 in the 50 Free prelims, placing 41st. Making her first appearance in the NCAA Championships, Ruele’s time was the fourth-fastest time of her collegiate career.
On the year, Ruele finished either first or second in the 50 Free 12 times. She has posted times under 23 seconds four times, including a 22.33 in the prelims of the C-USA Championships and her record-setting time of 22.23 in the finals.
On Saturday, Quesnel took part in the platform program, becoming he first FIU diver to compete in the NCAA Championships. Quesnel registered a score of 199.20 to finished 38th during the morning preliminaries.
Quesnel, a five-time C-USA Diver of the Week, has had a very successful 2015-16 season. She claimed the gold medal in the 1-meter and platform programs, while placing second in the 3-meter at this year’s C-USA Championships. She set the school record in the platform during the championships, posting a score of 299.80. Quesnel also set personal bests in the 1-meter (308.85 versus Illinois – 11/7/15), and the 3-meter (330.50 at FIU Relays – 1/9/16).