Cougars Finish 1-2 in 1M Diving

Feb. 20, 2014

HOUSTON – Houston divers went 1-2 in the 1M diving event at the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships with junior Natasha Burgess earning the victory in the event and teammate Danielle Shedd taking runner up.

Burgess, a junior from Adelaide, Australia, bested the field with her score of 289.25 to earn her second-straight league title in the event. However the win came down to the wire for her. Shedd, a sophomore from Converse, Texas, held a narrow lead over her teammate and it wasn’t until the final dive when Burgess regained the advantage and gathered the win. Shedd took runner up with her total of 284.50 to help Houston score 37 points in the event.

Through two dives and the platform remaining on Saturday, Burgess has scored the most points of any diver during the competition with her total of 37 points.

Houston has scored 147 points as a team through the first eight events and are in sixth place. Louisville leads the league championship with 376 points swimming within their home center of the Ralph Wright Natatorium.

“We need to stay assertive in our racing and diving and keep fighting through it all,” said head coach Rich Murphy. “If we can race really well tomorrow, then we can finish where we want to finish – not just individually but as a team. We have discussed how we are going to take it one race, one dive at a time - we need to support and trust in each other and finish strong. Our divers have been great so far, they’ve been our rock.”

In the pool, senior Heather Winn was Houston’s top finisher as the Slidell, La. native took first in the consolation finals of the 500 free with her time of 4:51.70.



Two freestyle sprinters in freshman Lindsay Schultz and senior Krystan Morrell qualified for the evening’s consolation finals. Schultz recorded a PR in the water touching the wall in 23.45 for the school’s sixth-fastest sprint free time.

The Cougars 200 free relay team of Krystan Morrell, Lindsay Schulz, Taylor Gregory and Doroteja Bednjanec swam the second-fastest time in school history at 1:32.97 to wrap up the second day of competition. The quartet of Cougars finished fourth in the event and the relay team consisted of a senior, freshman, junior and sophomore.

“We have had outstanding support from staff so far at this championship meet. Our coaches (Keith Dawley and Yulia Pakhalina), have been great as has our trainer, Corey (Newton). He’s’ done a great job getting the girls ready for the meet. Torri (Olanski) has done a great job behind the scenes as always. The support staff has done a great job for us and we’ll need all of their efforts the rest of the meet so we can leave it all in the pool.”

Houston returns to the water tomorrow the prelims beginning at 10 a.m. followed by the evneing’s finals session. The events for Friday include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.


1. Louisville 376
2. SMU 236
3. Rutgers 216
4. Connecticut 191
5. Cincinnati 152
6. Houston 147

1. Natasha Burgess              289.25
2. Danielle Shedd                 284.50

500 Free
9. Heather Winn                  4:51.70
27. Mackenzie Alspaugh     5:03.90*
31. Lizzie Justice                  5:06.88
33. Maya Owens                   5:10.42
34. Michaela Hamrick          5:12.27
Leah Ortiz                             5:08.95
Rachel Hobbins                    5:09.12*

200 IM
18. Laykin Lowry                 2:08.70
20. Taylor Derevyanik        2:09.99*
21. Holly Criscuolo              2:09.99
23. Cameron Balkom           2:15.95
Marissa Lehman                  2:11.88*

50 Free
13. Lindsay Schultz              23.45*
16. Krystan Morrell             23.82
22. Doroteja Bednjanec      23.90
26. Jasmine Williams           24.60*
27. Colleen Donovan           24.89*

200 Free Relay
4. Houston                            1:32.97
Krystan Morrell, Lindsay Shultz, Taylor Gregory, Doroteja Bednjanec

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