Jan. 11, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team fell in a double dual meet to No. 13 Louisville (210-85) and Cincinnati (168-130) Saturday afternoon at the Ralph Wright Natatorium on Saturday.
“I am pleased to have had a chance today to swim against two new opponents, Louisville and Cincinnati, that are in our new conference,” said head swimming coach Rich Murphy. “We are excited to have the opportunity to grow our success on our next trip to Louisville five-plus weeks from now - we will need to be better on our next trip up north.”
Sophomore Danielle Shedd supplied Houston’s win in the 1M diving competition (290.65) and was followed by teammate Taylor Olanski (267.00) for a runner up finish in the event. Olanski took a second second-place showing in the 3M (281.55).
“We entered the meet with some of our strongest scorers managing some nagging injuries and we are appreciative of our outstanding trainer, Corey Newton, who has done such a great job keeping us healthy all season; that being said there are some physical issues we are sorting through.”
“January provides a great chance for us to sharpen our racing skills coming off heavy holiday training and I am confident with our outstanding strength and conditioning staff and with the assistance of our great assistant coach, Keith Dawley, that we will be better on our next visit, much better. Our charge is to grow from today's lessons.”
“Special congratulations to senior, Colleen Donovan who made it back to action after a difficult journey back from a shoulder surgery last summer. It's great to have Colleen competing again!”
The dual meet losses end Houston’s winning streak of three straight dual meet victories with just three more competitions left on the schedule.
The home Cardinals topped Cincinnati (211-84) to protect their home pool, which will be the site of the American Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 19-22.
Houston travels to Texas A&M on Jan. 16 for their next meet with a road meet at Incarnate Word following on Jan. 18.