Swimming and Diving Shows Strong at LSU Quad Meet
Jan. 27, 2013
HOUSTON- University of Houston senior diver Julia Lonnegren finished as the runner up in the platform to lead as the Cougars high-place finisher at the LSU quad meet. Houston toppled Tulane (198.5-153.5) and fell to No. 24 LSU and Rice.
The Cougars turned in 20 top-five finishes and placed 46 among the top-ten in the 20 events in one of the last tune ups before hosting the Conference USA Championships Feb. 20-23.
"I look forward to this meet because the format calls for a lot of swims at a great time of the season," said head coach Augie Busch. "Most of the team seems pointed in a very good direction going into these last few weeks. It's critical now that we get some quality rest and continue to sharpen our competitive sword."
Coming off being named C-USA Diver of the Week, Lonnegren, finished the weekend as the high-point diver of the meet with a runner-up finish in the platform, a victory in the 1M and another runner up finish in the 3M.
The strongest showing for Houston came in the middle distance free (500, 1,000 yard) with five top-ten finishers in each event.
Junior Heather Winn swam to a third-place swim in the 500 free (5:03.18) complimenting her runner up finish in the 1,000 free on Friday. Colleen Donovan, Laykin Lowry and Lizzie Justice added four more top-ten finishes Saturday.
Reka Kovacs made another strong showing in the individual medley, this time finishing third in the 400 IM after winning the 200 yard IM on Friday. Kovacs added a second third-place finish in the 100 breast (1:05.92).
Senior Kimmy Ballo swam a personal best (53. 09) to finish third in the 100 free and added a second third .
The Cougars finished in third in both relays and in six of the eights events overall on Saturday as the host Tigers sent their seniors off with the 3-0 overall win on Senior Day.
200 Free Relay