Swimming and Diving Earns Win over SMU
Nov. 2, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving program earned a 158-141 dual meet victory over SMU on Saturday to improve their record to 2-0 on the season. Five individuals earned victories in their events to help lead Cougars over the Mustangs for the first time in a dual meet setting since Feb. 8, 1986.
"I can't even begin to describe how I feel today," said head diving coach Jane Figueiredo. "For our program, this is unbelievable. A win like today really shows a whole lot to where this program is going."
The Houston divers dominated the boards scoring 32 points and sweeping the top-three places in both the 1M and 3M events. Veteran Natasha Burgess placed first in the 1M (291.60) followed by Taylor Olanski (269.63) and Danielle Shedd (262.27). Olanski, the freshman, led the UH diving trio in the 3M with a 312.38 score followed by Shedd (303.75) and Burgess (300.08).
"Our expectations are very high and that probably comes from me since I ask a lot from them," said Figueiredo. "We've been plagued by injuries the last six weeks and really started to get going this week. They really did an awesome job."
Over in the swimming pool, Houston turned in another solid all-around effort led by the Cougars seniors.
"I'm really proud of our effort," said head swimming coach Rich Murphy. "These meets are important as a reflection of our training and our confidence. We've got a lot of people who are making improvements and the energy that they have for each other really is contagious. That spirit, care and commitment to one another really helps us in the second half of meets like today.
"The seniors continue to perform well. I think that they are growing into their role within the team and they are in a position based on their experience to really set the tone as well as let their experience shine through as far as racing and preparation goes. They're acting as really good role models for our swimmers."
Senior Lizzie Justice placed first in the 1,000 free (10:29.61) in the second race of the day to help set the tone for the day. Justice was followed by Mackenzie Alspaugh (10:41.65), Leah Ortiz (10:52.79) and Rachel Hobbins (10:55.39) as Houston took the top four spots in the event.
Senior Laykin Lowry earned a win in the 200 fly (2:06.57) followed by classmate Justice (2:09.21) and sophomore Mackenzie Alspaugh (2:10.06) for a 1-2-3 showing.
Sophomore Maya Owens (58.19) and Holly Criscuolo (58.51) took first and second in the 100 fly during the third to last event of the day to give the Cougars their cushion they needed to coast to the victory.
Heather Winn earned a pair of runner up finishes in the 100 (52.51) and 200 (1:51.84) free.
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay