Swimming & Diving Completes Day One of Phill Hansel Invite
Nov. 16, 2012
HOUSTON– The University of Houston swimming and diving team stands in fifth place after the first day of competition at the Phill Hansel Invitational hosted at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.
“It was a great day of competition for us,” said head swimming coach Augie Busch. “It wasn’t our strongest lineup with the events we swam today, and we can be a lot stronger with the way the meet is set up, but we still saw several girls racing out of their minds and breaking personal bests. We need to that up and keep racing the rest of the weekend.”
Houston along with Conference USA-rival SMU and three SEC teams hold the top five positions with No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 23 Arkansas at the top. SMU is in third followed by No. 19 LSU.
“This Invitational has turned into one of the fastest meets in the country, even faster than our conference championships. We get better by racing the best and this is a great atmosphere for us right now. You get better by competing against the best and that’s what we want to do.”
For the divers, the meet was a challenge as well with several of the top diving programs in the nation in attendance.
Natasha Burgess finished as the runner up in the 3M. The native of Adelaide, Australia notched a 329.65 score in the morning prelims to advance into the finals as the second seed. The sophomore closed out the round with a high-point performance by sticking a forward two-and-a-half somersault with a twist and pike She held off the competition by performing a 325.55 in the finals to secure the 17 points.
Senior Julia Lonnegren made the finals in 10th place and made a charge to grab the fourth overall placing with her season-best score of 323.85 score.
Maggie McCord placed seventh as the only freshmen swimming in the 50-free finals with her season-best time (23.16). It was the third-fastest mark in school history and second-fastest ever by a freshmen in school history. Ingrid Lawrence set the school and freshmen record (22.71) with her third-place finish at the 1983 NCAA Championships.
400 Medley Relay