Nov. 18, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team stands in third place after the first day of competition at the Phill Hansel Cougar Classic. The Cougars lowered 10 personal bests in total during the opening day of the meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
The day began with the 500 free and Houston secured three spots in the finals and another in the consolation heat. Sophomore Heather Win swam her fastest time of the year (4:57.61) to take fourth place while Laykin Lowry, (4:57.19*) Lizzie Justice (4:59.46*) and Kimmy Ballo (5:02.06*) all hit personal bests to finish fifth, seventh and 14th.
"It went really well on the whole," said head coach Augie Busch. "We have some people swimming well right now. Hitting personal bests at this point in the season is always a good thing."
"We need to swim better in the finals than in the morning. We let some opportunities go by us in the finals and need to do a better job swimming up for the that. But when you go best times, midseason, unshaved and not fully rested - you know you're in a good spot. I'd say it was a good day."
Over at the diving boards, freshman Natasha Burgess held off junior Julia Lonnegren for her first collegiate victory as she scored 299.60 points to 282.70. Freshman Torri Olanski took seventh place to give the Cougars 49 points in the 3M event.
Senior Kim Eeson won the swim off in the morning for her spot in the finals and placed seventh in 23.83*.
Senior Reka Kovacs swim her fastest time of the year (2:05.16) to take seventh in the 200 IM.
Name Time Place 500 Free Heather Winn 4:57.61 4 Laykin Lowry 4:57.19* 5 Lizzie Justice 4:59.46* 7 Kimmy Ballo 5:02.06* 14 Emma Nelson 5:15.12* 40
400 Medley Relay 10 Houston 3:52.10 Kimmy Ballo, Beccy Hillis, Heather Coutts, Kim Eeson 15 Houston 3:54.29 Marissa Blumenthal, Holli Pisarski, Laykin Lowry, Moira Fraser 20 Houston 3:57.19 Lauren Spano, Reka Kovacs, Natalie Newcomb, Colleen Donovan
Women - Team Scores Place School Points 1 SMU 254 2 Wyoming 165 3 Houston 145.5 4 Colorado State 145 5 New Mexico State 142 6 Idaho 95 7 New Mexico 88 8 Rice 85.5 9 US Air Force Academy 56 10 Tulane 49
Men - Team Scores Place School 1 SMU 419 2 Wyoming 274 3 Texas A&M 193