Swimming and Diving Posts 2-2 Record at Hansel Duals Weekend

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    HOUSTON - University of Houston junior Andrea Pa'lmai won the 200-yard backstroke and finished second in the 400-yard individual medley to help lead the Cougar Swimming and Diving Team to a 2-2 split during the final day of the Phill Hansel Duals Weekend at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium.

    The Cougars enjoyed a 237-114 win over Florida International and upended New Orleans 244-101 while losing 247-106 to BYU and 214-133 to crosstown and Conference USA rival Rice. With the split, the Cougars stand at 3-2 overall in dual meets.

    BYU was the big team winner of the week, winning all four of its dual matches. Rice finished second with a 3-1 mark followed by the Cougars. New Orleans went 1-3, and Florida International dropped all four of its matches during the two-day meet.

    Pa'lmai captured top honors in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:04.20. The Budapest, Hungary, native also finished second in the 400-yard individual medley with a clocking of 4:29.74.

    A day after provisionally qualifying for the 2008 NCAA Championship in the 200-yard freestyle, junior Sasha Schwendenwein finished second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.91.

    The Cougar divers, competing in their first meet of the season, finished 2-3-4. Freshman Courtney Forcucci recorded 265.45 points to finish second on the 1-meter springboard. Senior captain Ginni van Katwijk, winner of the 3-meter competition Friday, finished third with 249.50 points, while freshman Lacey Truelove placed fourth with 241.70 points.

    The meet is named after longtime Swimming and Diving head coach Phill Hansel, who led the program from 1975 to 1996, earning 70 dual-meet victories and three Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors.

    The Cougars return to action next weekend when they hit the road for a weekend trip to Florida. UH opens its trip at 4 p.m., Friday when it faces Miami (Fla.) before facing Florida International and Indian River Community College at 11 a.m., Saturday.



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