Houston Earns Win Over Tulane
Feb. 1, 2014
HOUSTON – The University of Houston swimming and diving program concluded the 2013-14 regular season with a win dual meet victory over Tulane while dropping a pair of duals to LSU and Rice. LSU posted a 4-0 record over the weekend’s meet to come out on top of all four teams that participated at the CRWC Natatorium.
With the 1-2 mark over the quad-meet weekend, Houston finished with a .500 dual-meet record (5-5) for the 2013-14 season. That marks the program’s best regular-season record since the 2008-09 Cougars went 10-6. Murphy joins the program’s founder, Phill Hansel, as the only coaches to post a .500+ record during their first season on the job. Hansel’s 1975-76 team recorded a 2-2 dual-meet mark.
“I’m really happy with our seniors to finish the meet with a win against Tulane,” said head swimming coach Rich Murphy. “To end the regular season with a 5-5 dual meet record says a lot about the direction of our program. That’s something we can really build on moving forward.
“We had better energy today than yesterday and we want to keep on building that energy as we move towards conference.”
Taylor Olanski (290.45) and Danielle Shedd (253.60) represented the UH diving program well on the 3M boards taking a third and fifth-place finish against the divers from LSU and Tulane. The freshman Olanski has finished in the top three spots in 11 of the 12 events she has competed in this year.
For the second day in a row, senior Heather Winn was the Cougars top racer in the pool as she recorded a third-place finish in the 500 free (5:00.56) to make the most of her Senior Day.
Classmate Laykin Lowry also gave a strong showing in her last completion at the UH rec taking sixth in the 200 fly (2:07.51).
Houston’s 200 free relay team of Krystan Morrell, Lindsay Schultz, Taylor Gregory and Doroteja Bednjanec posted a season-best time of 1:36.06 to place third in the day’s final event.
Saturday marked the finale of the regular season with Senior Day launching the afternoon’s meet. Houston’s five seniors (Colleen Donovan, Lizzie Justice, Lowry, Krystan Morrell and Winn) have one more meet scheduled with the American Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 19-22.
“It was a thrill to be able to have the seniors and great parent participation today. These seniors have stuck together really tight and they’ve grown up a lot during their time here. They’ve certainly had a different experience with three different head coaches and four different coaching staffs while at UH. Seeing them on the bulkhead with big smiles on their faces, it’s a testament to their resiliency and I’m proud of them all.”
200 Free Relay