Swimming Finishes Fourth at North Texas Relays
Oct. 4, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming team took fourth at the North Texas Relays Friday evening. Arkansas took first with 414 points followed by North Texas (294), SMU (278) and Houston (244).
"We took another step forward as a team today," head swimming coach Rich Murphy said. "It was good to spend a day out of town with the team and bond. Racing is a skill and racing to empty one's tank is what the best do best - today we emptied our tank and did it for one another."
Houston's racing efforts were highlighted in the distance free relay entries with a pair of runner-up showings.
Senior Heather Winn got the Cougar 800-free relay team started and swam the fastest opening split in the race (1:53.18). Teammates Laykin Lowry, Leah Ortiz and Michaela Hamrick combined to finish the race in 7:43.45.
Seniors Winn and Lowry teamed up with fellow classmate Lizzie Justice to finish a close second in the 1,500-free relay (15.23.43).
Houston took five third-place or better finishes in the opening day of the 2013-14 season. Eight freshman represented the Red and White for the first time with 19 student-athletes competing for the first time under first-year Houston head swimming coach Rich Murphy.
"I appreciated the parents of the girls on the team who came out to support us, that was really fun.
The girls continued the 'eyered' theme for this meet which has been fun. The support these women show for one another while racing for UH is awesome and it's the essential building block of an outstanding season.
"Our team chemistry is something we value and invest in. I'd like to thank those who made the trip possible from a support standpoint - Corey Newton, our trainer, Keith Dawley, our assistant coach, our student manager. Torri Olanski, and our administrative assistant, Karon Harper."
300 Fly Relay
300 Back Relay
300 Breast Relay
800 Free Relay
500 Free Relay
400 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
1,500 Free Relay
400 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay