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Braves' Pepe Pugliese Earns All-American Status, Finishes 14th At NCAA Championships

Mar. 15—GENEVA, Ohio. — Newcomer Benedetta Pepe Pugliese shattered her own school record on the way to a 14th-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley on Thursday afternoon at the NCAA Championships at the SPIRE Institute Aquatics Center.

Pepe Pugliese becomes the first swimmer in program history to earn All-American status on the sport's biggest stage. The Avellino, Italy native posted a time of 4:23.44 in the finals to break her own school record set earlier this season.

Braves freshman Fatima Portillo also competed in the 200-yard butterfly on Friday. Portillo placed 26th in the event with a time of 2:05.31 in the prelims of the event.

Pepe Pugliese will close out action at the NCAA Championships for the Black & Gold on Saturday in the 200-yard Breaststroke.