Swimming & Diving Completes Day One of Phill Hansel Invite

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    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.

    McCord also led off the Cougars 200 free relay squad and turned to Moira Fraser, Krystan Morrell and Taylor Derevyanik to take a season-best time (1:34.21) and ninth-place finish.

    The Phill Hansel Invite continues tomorrow with the prelims set for 10 a.m. and finals to follow at 6 p.m.

    3M Diving
    Natasha Burgess 2 325.55
    Julia Lonnegren 4 323.85
    Danielle Shedd 31 241.85

    200 Free Relay

    Houston 9 1:34.21
    Maggie McCord, Moira Fraser, Krystan Morrell, Taylor Derevyanik
    Houston 16 1:36.02
    Colleen Donovan, Holli Pisarski, Maya Owens, Michelle Detka
    Houston 20 1:37.51
    Mackenzie Alspaugh, Holly Criscuolo, Marissa Blumenthal, Lauren Spano

    500 Free
    Heather Winn 16 4:56.26
    Kimmy Ballo 18 4:55.95*
    Lizzie Justice 21 4:58.42
    Laykin Lowry 28 5:01.66
    Colleen Donovan 38 5:05.11*
    Emma Nelson 48 5:07.56

    200 IM
    Reka Kovacs 19 2:02.52
    Lauren Spano 66 2:11.21*

    50 Free
    Maggie McCord 7 23.13
    Moira Fraser 30 23.87
    Krystan Morrell 31 23.90
    Taylor Derevyanik 48 24.34
    Michelle Detka 51 24.39
    Maya Owens 52 23.40
    Holli Pisarski 56 24.56
    Marissa Blumenthal 78 25.01*

    400 Medley Relay
    Houston 13 3:47.60
    Kimmy Ballo, Holli Pisarski, Maya Owens, Maggie McCord
    Houston 14 3:47.89
    Taylor Derevyanik, Reka Kovacs, Michelle Detka, Moira Fraser
    Houston 24 3:55.08
    Marissa Blumenthal, Lauren Spano, Holly Criscuolo, Colleen Donovan

    *Personal Best

    1 Texas A&M 411
    2 Arkansas 194
    3 SMU 153
    4 LSU 119
    5 Houston 93
    6 Wyoming 62
    7 Fresno State 49
    8 Texas 40
    9 Tulane 32
    10 Idaho 30
    11 UCLA 22
    12 New Mexico State 17
    13 U.S. Air Force Academy 14
    14 Clemson 4

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