Jan. 16, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Swimming and Diving team dropped a 159-125 decision to No. 2 Texas A&M in dual meet action Thursday afternoon.
“Today we stepped up and raced with the kind of grit and determination we want to embody while competing,” said head swimming coach Rich Murphy. “I thank the young women on our team for an outstanding effort.”
Houston senior Krystan Morrell took home a win in the 50 free with a time of 24.23. The Cougars also took home first place in the 200-yard free relay with a time of 1:37.10. Morrell along with Lindsay Schultz, Taylor Gregory and Dora Bednjanec helped lead Houston to first in the event.
For the first time in 25 years, the Houston divers headed to a competition without head diving coach Jane Figueiredo at the helm. Newly announced interim diving coach Yulia Pakhalina saw quick success for her group on her first day on the job as freshman Taylor Olanski scored 271.80 to take runner up in the 3M and sophomore Danielle Shedd also earning second in the 1M (284.25). Both finished behind each other in the events giving Houston second and third place showings in the two diving events.
The Cougars faced some stiff competition as the No. 2 Aggies improved to 6-0-1 in dual meets this season with the only blemish on the Aggies’ record being a 150-150 tie against No. 4 Georgia. Houston dropped to 3-3 on the season with their last two losses coming against Top-15 opponents (No. 15 Louisville).
“Today we had the opportunity to go against a perennial top-5 team in Texas A&M,” said Murphy. “I have a lot of admiration for where their program is at on a national level, and for how they compete on the international stage.”
“I thank the young women on our team for an outstanding effort and I believe we took a step forward as a program today. I want to congratulate Krystan Morrell on her win in the 50 free and Taylor Olanski on her second place finish in 3-meter diving, and Danielle Shedd on her second place finish in 1-meter diving. I also appreciate the assertiveness with which Maya Owens competed with this afternoon. Finally, I'd like to thank our fans who made the trip to College Station for the meet.”
Houston finishes up the road trip in San Antonio against UTSA on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The Cougars then have a week break before hosting their final home meet of the season on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
1. Texas A&M 159
2. Houston 125