Nov. 19, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team finished in fifth place at the Phill Hansel Cougar Classic. Julia Lonnegren won the platform event for her second individual title of the three-day meet.
Torri Olanski finished as runner-up in the platform event for her highest finish of the weekend, giving Houston the top-two spots in all three diving events.
The Cougars added on four seventh-place finishes on the day with the 400 free relay team included in that mix.
Kim Eeson placed the highest individually for the swimmers in the 100 free as she finished sixth (50.76)
Head swimming coach Augie Busch challenged the team following the first day of competition to do a better job swimming up for the finals and the Cougars delivered as nearly every finals time improved from the preliminaries the next two day.
"The meet went real well," said Busch. "Whenever you have that many best times at this point in the season, it makes you excited as a coach. They're really buying into our team concept and it's unfolding in front of my eyes and it's a lot of fun to watch."
While the divers head to Austin Dec. 1-3, the Houston swimmers put their competition on hold until 2012 begins with a dual meet against SMU on Jan. 21 at the CRWC.
"We'll get back to training pretty quick. We have a lot of great stuff to build off of from this season already."
1,650 Free 7 Heather Winn 17:08.03 10 Laykin Lowry 17:24.41 11 Lizzie Justice 17:27.19 23 Emma Nelson 17:49.54
200 Back 7 Heather Coutts 2:01.95 13 Kimmy Ballo 2:03.89 28 Marissa Blumenthal 2:08.53
400 Free Relay 7 Houston 3:28.51 Moira Fraser, Kim Eeson, Coleen Donovan, Krstan Morrell 22 Houston 3:35.70 Heather Coutts, Maddie Clark, Kimmy Ballo, Heather Winn 25 Houston 3:37.58 Reka Koavs, Emma Nelson, Lizzie Justice, Laykin Lowry 29 Houston 3:43.34 Marissa Blumenthal, Holli Pisarski, Natalie Newcomb, Lauren Spano
Women Pts 1. SMU 855 2. Wyoming 496 3. New Mexico State 493 4. Houston 434.5 5. Colorado State 429 6. Rice 360.5 7. Idaho 340 8. New Mexico 259 9. US Air Force Academy 198 10. Tulane 98