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    LSU 211-161 Houston
    Houston 212-151 Rice
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    400 Medley Relay
    Houston 2 3:52.21
    Kimmy Ballo, Beccy Hillis
    Kim Eeson, Moira Fraser
    Houston 6 4:01.02
    Marissa Blumenthal, Holli Pisarski
    Heather Coutts, Colleen Donovan

    500 Free
    Heather Winn 3 5:03.18
    Laykin Lowry 6 5:04.84
    Emma Nelson 14 5:14.97

    100 Breast
    Holli Pisarski 3 1:06.52
    Beccy Hillis 5 1:06.60
    Reka Kovacs 8 1:07.26
    Natalie Newcomb 11 1:07.68

    200 Back
    Kimmy Ballo 4 2:05.18
    Heather Coutts 7 2:09.28
    Heather Winn 12 2:13.78
    Marissa Blumenthal 12 2:13.78

    Julia Lonnegren 1 252.15
    Torri Olanski 4 192.70
    Natasha Burgess 5 160.80

    Julia Lonnegren 2 312.60
    Natasha Burgess 3 295.45
    Torri Olanski 5 246.55

    200 Fly
    Laykin Lowry 2 2:06.96
    Reka Kovacs 5 2:08.90
    Natalie Newcomb 11 2:12.92
    Emma Nelson 13 2:14.28

    100 Free
    Kim Eeson 2 51.55
    Moira Fraser 3 52.76
    Colleen Donovan 10 53.35
    Kimmy Ballo 14 54.32#
    Krystan Morrell 16 54.72
    Heather Winn 17 54.83#
    Maddie Clark 23 56.82

    400 IM
    Reka Kovacs 4 4:29.12
    Laykin Lowry 10 4:37.67
    Beccy Hillis 11 4:38.59
    Natalie Newcomb 13 4:39.24

    200 Free Relay
    Houston 4 1:37.22
    Kim Eeson, Moira Fraser
    Krystan Morrell, Maddie Clark
    Houston 6 1:40.20
    Colleen Donovan, Holli Pisarski
    Heather Coutts, Emma Nelson # Season Best

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving program took down Conference USA foes Rice (212-151) and Tulane (258-111) while dropping a result against LSU (211-161) in a quad team meet this weekend.

    Overall the Cougars turned in seven top-three finishes on the afternoon as they added two more dual victory totals to their season record of 4-2. Head swimming coach Augie Busch was pleased with the weekend's results especially for where the team is according to their training schedule.

    "We saw some inspired performances over the weekend, overall I'm pleased," said Busch. There were some real great times for us this weekend, it's only going to help to give us confidence moving forward."

    With the Conference USA Championships (Feb. 15-18) just a few weeks out, coach Busch was more concerned with seeing the swimmers compete than most of times as they continue to taper down and dial back the training for the championships.

    "I'd say we're in a pretty good position at this point in the season. "

    Junior Julia Lonnegren was the sole winner for the team on the afternoon, capturing first place in an unscored-platform event. Lonnegren and Natasha Burgess took second and third in the 3M event while freshman Torri Olanski placed fifth.

    The Cougars started Saturday's action with a runner up finish in the 400 medley relay (3:52.21) and bookended the meet with a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay (1:37.22), just off the season best time for the squad.

    "I was happy with the first relay but we left some time in the pool due to our reaction times on the free relay. That's something correctable and we'll work at it in practice this week."

    Kim Eeson continued her strong showing over the weekend as she claimed her second runner-up finish in a free event (100 - 51.55). The senior also swam a butterfly leg of the Cougars second-place medley relay team.

    Moira Fraser, who swam the freestyle leg of that relay team, finished in third place (52.76) to Eeson in the 100 free event.

    The duo finished 1-2 in the 200 free the previous night as Houston littered the top-three places in the freestyle events over the weekend.

    The Cougars will host a nationally-ranked opponent for the third straight week as Texas A&M comes to town Feb. 3 on Senior Day. Following Friday's meet against the Aggies, the Cougars will take the next two weeks off before hosting the Conference USA Championships.



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