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HOUSTON – The Houston Swimming and Diving Team continued to rewrite the Houston record book under Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. The Cougars shattered nine program records, posted two of the top-10 times in the country, posted 28 NCAA B-Cuts, and numerous personal-best en route to 1,749.50 points and a first-place finish at the Phill Hansel Invitational.
“This was a phenomenal session and a great way to cap off a phenomenal week,” said Head Swimming and Diving Coach Ryan Wochomurka. “Five school records tonight and nine this week. From the way that we competed and came together as a program and team, it’s exciting to look forward into February and March. I couldn’t be more excited to get back to work, get better, and carry this momentum into January and the championship season.”
Houston came out strong on the opening day of action, accumulating 473.50 points on the opening day and 687 on the second day of action. The Cougars closed out the final day of competition with 589 points. The Cougars made a statement, posting 25 podium finishes including nine first-place finishes.
Junior Eleanna Koutsouveli was an anchor for the Cougars, scoring a meet-high 112 points. Koutsouveli turned in a top finish in the 200 IM, setting a program record, with a time of 1:59.86. She followed up that performance with a fifth-place finish in the 400 IM, finishing in 4:19.26. The junior finished the 100 Backstroke in seventh-place at 55.61, closing out an impressive meet performance with a first-place finish in the 200 Backstroke with a time of 1:56.64.
Ksenia Yuskova put on a spectacular display in her final Phill Hansel Invitational. The senior posted the fifth-best time nationally in the 200 Free, set two program records, and scored the second most points by a Houston swimmer. Yuskova notched 92 points over three days of competition after posting a second-place finish in the 50 Free with a lifetime-best 22.86. The senior then posted the fifth-best time in the nation, as well as a program record in the 200 Free at 1:44.88. Not nearly finished, Yuskova helped Houston to a first-place finish and program record in the 800 Freestyle Relay with a time of 7:13.08. In her final individual event of the meet Yuskova notched a program-best 49.39 in the 100 Free for first-place. The senior helped Houston put away the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay, setting a program record and finishing in 3:19.47.
Sophomore Zarena Brown turned in the third-highest point total for Houston at 84. Brown went back and forth with fellow Cougar Yuskova, setting numerous lifetime-best and shattering program records in the process. Brown posted the sixth-best time in the nation in the 200 Free for a second-place finish in the event at 1:44.89.
On the diving side, Houston turned in four podium finishes over three days of action. Micaela Bouter led the squad with a first-place finish in both the 1-Meter (305.00) and 3-Meter (342.15). Bouter finished fifth in the Platform with a career-best 214.20 in prelims and 193.80 in finals. Lauren Burrell notched a pair of second-place finishes in each of the springboard events, finishing with 263.45 in the 1-Meter and a career-best 315.10 in the prelims of the 3-Meter followed by 298 in the finals. Claire Liptak made her first appearance in the finals this season, finishing sixth in the finals of the 1-Meter with 233.30.
- Reese Lamph set a program record in the 1650 Free, finishing in second-place at 16:30.62
- This is the second straight year that Houston has won the Phill Hansel Invitational
- Peyton Kondis posted a program-best 2:12.01 in the 200 Breaststroke
The three-day event is named after former Houston Swimming and Diving Coach Phill Hansel who coached at Houston from 1957-96 and is known as the, “Father of Cougar Swimming and Diving”. Hansel guided Houston to over 70 dual meet victories and 10 top-20 finishes at the AIAW and NCAA Championships. In his honor, the University of Houston will host the Phill Hansel Invitational every fall.
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Houston will return to action later this month at the AT&T Winter Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.
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