Cougars Lead Rice and Tulane After Day One of Competition

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    LSU 102.00 84.00 Houston
    Houston 115.00 68.00 Rice
    Houston 120.00 65.00 Tulane
    LSU 123.00 57.00 Rice
    LSU 127.50 55.50 Tulane
    Rice 92.00 84.00 Tulane

    200 Medley Relay
    Houston 7 1:51.21
    Marissa Blumenthal, Holli
    Emma Nelson, Maddie Clark

    1,000 Free
    Heather Winn 1 10:16.22*
    Laykin Lowry 3 10:23.20*
    Emma Nelson 6 10:34.33*

    100 Fly
    Natalie Newcomb 8 59.64*
    Heather Coutts 10 1:00.42

    100 Back
    Kimmy Ballo 4 58.16
    Marissa Blumenthal 11 1:00.35
    Heather Coutts 12 1:00.72

    200 Breast
    Reka Kovacs 2 2:20.28#
    Beccy Hillis 3 2:20.53
    Holli Pisarski 7 2:25.22#
    Natalie Newcomb 11 2:27.58#

    200 Free
    Kim Eeson 1 1:51.77
    Moira Fraser 2 1:54.66
    Kimmy Ballo 5 1:55.40
    Colleen Donovan 6 1:55.54
    Laykin Lowry 7 1:55.80
    Heather Winn 11 1:56.81
    Emma Nelson 19 1.58.00

    Julia Lonnegren 1 299.80
    Natasha Burgess 2 274.45
    Torri Olanski 5 233.35

    50 Free
    Kim Eeson 2 23.85
    Krystan Morrell 7 24.48
    Moira Fraser 8 24.55
    Holli Pisarski 15 25.37
    Maddie Clark 18 25.63
    Marissa Blumenthal 19 26.51

    200 IM
    Reka Kovacs 3 2:08.44
    Natalie Newcomb 11 2:12.15
    Beccy Hillis 14 2:13.47
    Colleen Donovan 21 2:17.53

    400 Free Relay
    Houston 1 3:28.62
    Kim Eeson, Moira Fraser,
    Heather Winn, Colleen Donovan

    * Personal Best
    # Season Best

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team leads Rice (115-68), Tulane (120-65) and trails No. 23 LSU (102-84) after the first day of competition in the quad meet hosted by the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

    The Cougars won four events capped by a come-from-behind victory in the 400-free relay (3:28.62) in the final race of the evening. The time nearly matched a season best for the squad who was pleased with many personal and seasonal best times falling at this point of the season.

    "That last relay was amazing," said Busch. "Right now we're unshaved, three weeks out from the conference championships and our bodies are tired. To put out a performance like that, that's really good"

    "I want people to race and get up for relays. Relays should be the pride and staple of this program. You have to be able to give better effort when you have three teammates standing behind you."

    Houston took first place in two other freestyle events.

    Sophomores Heather Winn (10:16.22), Laykin Lowry (10:23.20) and Emma Nelson (10:34.33) all swam personal bests to finish 1-3-6 in the 1,000 free.

    Senior Kim Eeson (1:51.77) and Moira Fraser (1:54.66) finished first and second place in the 200-yard IM. It was the second week in a row the Zimbabwe native took top place in the event and the third of the season.

    Eeson also claimed a runner up finish in the 50 free (23.85).

    Reigning C-USA Diver of the Week Julia Lonnegren also defended the home turf in an event for the second week in a row as the junior placed first in the 1M (299.80). Freshman Natasha Burgess had to settle for second prize (274.45) to the upperclassmen Lonnegren for the third time this year.

    "I'm happy with where we're at after the first day, real happy. I an't wait to get back out there tomorrow and knock down some great times that will give us confidence moving forward."

    The Cougars return to the pool tomorrow for the conclusion of this weekend's dual meet. The meet starts with the 400 medley relay at 11 a.m.



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