Oct. 14, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Houston swimming and diving team opened its 2005-06 season Friday afternoon with a pair of close losses to Rice and Texas at the Jamail Swimming Center.
The Cougars fell to new Conference USA rival Rice 67-44 and were just edged by the host Longhorns 57-56. Despite the losses, it was the closest decision against Texas in the history of the all-time series and was the smallest margin of defeat against Rice since the 1998-99 season.
Freshman Tania Cagnotto swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving events in her first collegiate appearance. The Bolzano, Italy, recorded 315.60 points to finish nearly 40 points ahead of teammate Anna Kiess.
Cagnotto also claimed top honors on the 3-meter board with 327.38 points to finish in front of teammate and redshirt freshman Anastasia Pozdniakova, who also was competing in her first collegiate meet.
Junior Szintia Szanto won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.69 to finish nearly six seconds ahead of her closest competitor. The Budapest, Hungary, native also finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.14.
Freshman Andrea Pa'lmai placed second in the 200-yard backstroke with a clocking of 2:05.47, while fellow freshman Sasha Schwendenwein earned a similar finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.20.
The Cougars 200-yard medley relay team of Pa'lmai, Szanto, freshman Lauren VanCleave and Schwendenwein finished second with a time of 1:47.64.
UH returns to action at 3 p.m., Oct. 22, as it plays host to North Texas and New Orleans in a double-dual meet at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium on the UH campus.