Taylor Olanski Wins 1M Diving Event at Phill Hansel Invite
Nov. 22, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team moved up to second place on the second day of the Phill Hansel Invite behind a flurry of personal best times and an event win by Taylor Olanski in the 1M diving event. The team concludes the meet tomorrow with prelims launching at 10 a.m. followed by the finals set for 5 p.m.
The freshman Olanski picked up her second win of the year, this time in the 1M, as she edged junior Natasha Burgess by a score of 274.70-270.05. Burgess finished first or second in four of the rounds but Olanski was able to remain consistent throughout the dive sheet and picked up Houston's first win of the meet. Sophomore Danielle Shedd earned a fifth-place showing with her score of 245.50.
Over in the pool, Houston saw 11 student-athletes tally personal best times with five top-five finishes on the evening.
"It went really well today," said head swimming coach Rich Murphy. "There were a lot of lifetime-bests, which at a midseason invite is great news. The session was long tonight and we battled through it. We were able to keep strong and kept improving as the day went on. We've been good in the morning and better at night which is a pattern we want to continue all the way through the season. We had some girls step up and overall it was a really good team effort."
Senior Heather Winn was the top UH swimmer with her runner up showing in the 200 free (1:50.15). Winn was joined in the championship finals by Maya Owens (1:51.33) and Lindsay Shultz (1:52.91) who both swam personal bests on their way to finish sixth and eighth.
Senior Laykin Lowry continued her torrid pace in the individual medley event by bettering her career best time in the 400 IM after she earned personal bests during the prelims. The native of Magnolia, Texas, also set a PR in the 200 IM on Thursday. Lowry swam 4:24.47 to finish fourth while fellow senior Lizzie won the consolation finals in 4:26.80.