Swimming Takes Dual Meet Victory over North Texas

Senior Laykin Lowry

Nov. 1, 2013

Final Stats

HOUSTON - First year head swimming coach Rich Murphy enjoyed his first victory as the leader of the Houston swimming program on Friday afternoon as Houston outraced North Texas 128-109 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium.


“It’s awesome and definitely a thrill,” said Murphy on winning his first dual meet. “We had a number of girls step up and meet the moment. Our seniors showed great leadership and the entire team had great enthusiasm all meet - it was a great day.”

The Cougars used six individual event titles and one relay win to pick up their first dual meet victory this season to give them a 1-0 record on the year.

“There were a lot of big swims today. Heather Winn showed great poise and leadership all day and grabbed a couple of wins. Laykin (Lowry), Lizzie (Justice) and Krystan (Morrell) all had great swims - really our whole senior class swam well for us today. It was a great job all around by them and the rest of the squad.”

Winn, the senior from Slidell, La., helped lead the charge by the upperclassmen picking up wins in the 500 free (5:01.97) and 1,000 free (10:20.64).

Senior Krystan Morrell (53.08) out touched Maya Owens (53.17) and Maggie McCord (53.37) as the Cougars went 1-2-3 in the 100 free. McCord edged Morrell in the sprint free later in the day to pick up her second 50 free win of the year (24.18).

Owens added a win in the 200 free (1:54.29) as Houston took home first in all five freestyle events on Friday.

Senior Laykin Lowry took home first in the 200 fly (2:06.08) and earned a runner up finish in the 400 IM (4:34.14) to round out the strong individual performances on the day.

The Cougars held the lead nearly all afternoon and were winning by six points heading into the final event of the evening, the 400 free relay. The Cougars three relay squads secured the victory by finishing first, second and third to give UH the final 128-109 margin of victory.

Houston hosts SMU on Saturday at noon inside the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

1. Houston 128
2. North Texas 109

200 Medley Relay
2. Houston 1:47.66
Taylor Gregory, Cameron Balkom, Michelle Detka, Krystan Morrell
3. Houston 1:50.05
Taylor Derevyanik, Marissa Lehman, Holly Criscuolo, Lindsay Schultz

1,000 Free
1. Heather Winn 10:20.64
3. Lizzie Justice 10:32.29
5. Leah Ortiz 11:01.35
5. Rachel Hobbins 11:03.29

200 Free
1. Maya Owens 1:54.29
3. Michaela Hamrick 1:58.30
4. Doroteja Bednjanec 1:59.86
7. Cameron Balkom 2:02.62

50 Free
1. Maggie McCord 24.18
2. Krystan Morrell 24.23
4. Taylor Gregory 24.59
6. Lindsay Schultz 24.93

400 IM
2. Laykin Lowry 4:34.14
3. Taylor Derevyanik 4:38.64
5. Mackenzie Alspaugh 4:42.25
7. Marissa Lehman 4:48.54

200 Fly
1. Laykin Lowry 2:06.08
2. Lizzie Justice 2:10.51
5. Holly Criscuolo 2:13.01
8. Michelle Detka 2:18.35

100 Free
1. Krystan Morrell 53.08
2. Maya Owens 53.17
3. Maggie McCord 53.37
5. Dora Bednjanec53.87

200 Back
2. Taylor Derevyanik 2:08.15
4. Jasmine Williams 2:11.29
5. Samantha Young 2:11.70
6. Taylor Gregory 2:13.14

500 Free
1. Heather Winn 5:01.97
3. Mackenzie Alspaugh 5:12.45
4. Michaela Hamrick 5:14.51
6. Leah Ortiz 5:22.93

400 Free Relay
1. Houston 3:33.84
Lindsay Schultz, Maggie McCord, Maya Owens, Heather Winn
2. Houston 3:36.23
Michaela Hamrick, Mackenzie Alspaugh, Doroteja Bednjanec, Laykin Lowry
3. Houston 3:41.67
Jasmine Williams, Holly Criscuolo, Michelle Detka, Lizzie Justice



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