Cougars Take Third at Phill Hansel Invite

Cougars finish third at Phill Hansel

Nov. 23, 2013

Final Stats

HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving program finished in third place as host of the Phill Hansel Invite at the Campus Recreation over the weekend. Rice took home the top spot followed by Idaho, Houston, New Mexico State, Tulane and North Texas.


Freshman Taylor Olanski picked up her second win of the weekend and third of her young career taking top marks in the platform event. Olanski scored 279.80 on her first collegiate tower competition while sophomore Danielle Shedd came in fourth at the event (184.00).

It was very successful competition for us for a number of reasons,” said head diving coach Jane Figueiredo. “We’ve dealt with a lot of injuries this season and this was the first time we’ve all been healthy so that was an accomplishment. Secondly, we needed to compete and this was a good field of divers. We need to keep challenging ourselves and never settle, this is an amazing group of divers and I’m so excited to see what they can accomplish this year if they keep at it.”

Personal best times and school records were assaulted by the Houston swimmers as the Cougars turned in a strong performance over the three-day meet.

“We had an outstanding effort from top to bottom,” said head swimming coach Rich Murphy. “We had young and inexperienced swimmers really step up and swim their tails off for us. Some of the seniors surprised even themselves with where they’re at in terms of the season and they are excited about what the next few months of training will bring. This was a good barometer for us and we leave this weekend optimistic, excited and eager.”

In the 200 fly, two Cougars established themselves on the UH Top 10 boards with a pair of personal best times. Senior Laykin Lowry finished third (2:01.45*) in the race to move up to the third fastest time in in program history with her third PR of the meet. Sophomore Mackenzie Alspaugh finished fourth (2:02.55*) and moved into seventh all-time.

Seniors Krystan Morrell and Heather Winn placed fifth and seventh in the 100 free while Winn set a PR in the event at 51.68.

Swimming for a split time in the 1,000-yard free and to conserve energy later in the meet, Winn clocked in at 10:01.97 during the mile free and set another new personal best. The time was just two seconds shy of the 30-year record held by Debbie Caldwell (9:59.73) and ranks second in Cougar history.

The strategy for conserving Winn paid off again as she joined with Morrell, Maya Owens and Lindsay Schultz to take third in the 400 free relay with second-fastest time in school history (3:24.99) to close out the meet in third place in the race and overall team standings.

Junior Natasha Burgess and coach Figueiredo will head to Australia for Burgess’s Commonwealth Games trials next month. The Houston swimming and diving team will continue training with a break from competition until Jan. Jan. 10-11.


1. Rice 994
2. Idaho 653
3. Houston 640.5
4. New Mexico State 587
5. Tulane 539.5
6. North Texas 399
7. Fresno State 86

1. Taylor Olanski 279.80
4. Danielle Shedd 184.00

1,650 Free
12. Lizzie Justice 17:20.26
19. Rachel Hobbins 17:56.35

1,000 Free
Heather Winn 10:01.97* (S)

200 Back
10. Taylor Derevyanik 2:02.97*
20. Mackenzie Alspaugh 2:06.34
24. Jasmine Williams 2:07.99
32. Samantha Young 2:11.74

100 Free
5. Krystan Morrell 50.64
7. Heather Winn 51.68*
14. Lindsay Schultz 51.96
16. Maya Owens 52.21*
17. Doroteja Bednjanec 52.45
18. Taylor Gregory 52.66
19. Michelle Detka 52.89*
23. Micheala Hamrick 53.00
26. Holly Criscuolo 53.43
30. Leah Ortiz 54.20
38. Rachel Hobbins 56.13*

200 Breast
11. Cameron Balkom 2:21.73
20. Marissa Lehman 2:27.19
24. Samantha Young 2:28.22

200 Fly
3. Laykin Lowry 2:01.45*
4. Makenzie Alspaugh 2:02.55*
11. Maya Owens 2:04.84
15. Lizzie Justice 2:09.03
22. Holly Criscuolo 2:09.38*

400 Free Relay
3. Houston 3:24.99
Krystan Morrell, Heather Winn, Maya Owens, Lindsay Schultz
8. Houston 3:35.13
Taylor Gregory, Micheala Hamrick, Michelle Detka, Doroteja Bednjanec



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