Jan. 20, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team will host SMU in a dual meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday. The competition features 16 events including the 1M and 3M diving contests and begins at 11 a.m.
This will be the Cougars first meet since Nov. 17-19 when Houston finished fourth overall at the Phill Hansel Cougar Classic. With such a long wait in between races, head coach Augie Busch is ready to get the team back in action.
"At this point, we're just ready to race someone besides ourselves," said Busch. "We got some great work done out in Hawaii and then we came back and got back to practice the day after we returned. Now it's all about making that final push down the end of the season to the Conference USA and NCAA Championships. It's my job to get these girls in the best position possible to produce big results and improve themselves."
While out in Hawaii, the divers competed at the University of Hawaii Diving Invitational. Freshman Natasha Burgess earned her first weekly award from the C-USA office by being named Diver of the Week following her strong performance on the boards. The Adelaide, Australia, native placed second in the 1M and third in the 3M.
Although the competitions for the swim team have been put on hold over the past two months, the training has not. Following an abbreviated winter break, the Cougars reported for their Holiday Training camp on Jan. 1 and spent 10 days out in Hawaii. Even before the training trip the Cougars were still in the water, on dry land running, or watching film.
Since taking over as head coach at Houston, Busch has put his stamp on the swimming program with a new approach that mixes old school techniques, an increased training regiment involving weights and running ,and mixed in with some new technology - like underwater cameras during practice. Head diving coach Jane Figueiredo is also a big proponent of video technology, recording all the practices on film.
"Come by my office any time, and there's a very strong chance I'm in there watching film by myself or one of the girls. There's just so much room for improvement and film really helps demonstrate what we are doing right and wrong."
The Cougars will look to implement all that they have learned and conditioned for as they host SMU tomorrow.
"SMU is a very quality opponent coming in and they're going to give us a challenge. We need that right now - we need to keep pushing ourselves as we make this stretch run."
The Cougars will hold three dual meets including SMU inside the CRWC Natatorium before hosting the Conference USA Championships Feb. 15-18.
Schedule of Events:
400 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay