Swimming and Diving Shows Strong at LSU Quad Meet

Kimmy Ballo

Jan. 27, 2013

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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.

Houston travels to Texas A&M Feb. 2 for the final meet before hosting the Conference USA Championships Feb. 20-23. The UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center will also serve host to the NCAA Zone Diving completion March 11-13.

LSU 218.0-134.0 Houston
Rice 201.5-142.5 Houston
Houston 198.5-153.5 Tulane
LSU 203.0-143.0 Rice
LSU 241.0-110.0 Tulane
Rice 23.0-118.0 Tulane

Julia Lonnegren 2 274.80
Natasha Burgess 7 186.95

400 Medley Relay
Houston 3 3:58.45
Taylor Gregory, Reka Kovacs, Maya Owens, Moira Fraser
Houston 8 3:58.45
Kimmy Ballo, Holli Pisarski, Taylor Derevyanik, Maggie McCord
Houston 11 4:06.47

500 Free
Heather Winn 3 5:03.18
Colleen Donovan 5 5:05.91
Laykin Lowry 8 5:07.41
Lizzie Justice 9 5:07.65
Emma Nelson -- 5:12.30

100 Breast
Reka Kovacs 3 1:05.92
Holli Pisarski 6 1:06.53
Moira Fraser 10 1:09.47
Taylor Gregory 14 1:14.34

200 Back
Kimmy Ballo 3 2:05.00
Mackenzie Alspaugh 11 2:12.62
Taylor Derevyanik 14 2:13.61
Lauren Spano -- 2:23.98

200 Fly
Laykin Lowry 4 2:06.43
Maya Owens 8 2:10.05
Mackenzie Alspaugh 9 2:10.12
Emma Nelson 13 2:17.20

100 Free
Kimmy Ballo 5 53.09*
Colleen Donovan 8 53.55
Moira Fraser 10 53.72
Maggie McCord 13 54.80
Heather Winn -- 54.36
Doroteja Bednjanec -- 54.53
Krystan Morrell -- 54.73
Michelle Detka -- 55.44
Holly Criscuolo -- 55.57
Taylor Gregory -- 55.59
Taylor Derevyanik -- 56.29

400 IM
Reka Kovacs 3 4:29.78
Lizzie Justice 8 4:42.32
Lauren Spano 11 5:00.63

200 Free Relay
Houston 3 1:36.89
Houston 7 1:38.40
Houston 11 1:40.86
Houston 12 1:41.25



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