Houston Leads on Day Two of Conference

Feb. 15, 2018


DALLAS – The University of Houston Swimming & Diving program picked up right where it left off on the second day of action at the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championships. The Cougars posted two program records, eight top-10 program times, took home a pair of conference championships and lead the field with 299 points heading into day three.

“Another great night,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. “Two conference championships; the 500 Freestyle and 200 IM. To go one, two in the 200 IM, one, three in the 500 and get freshman Mykenzie Leehy up on the podium in the 50 freestyle makes for a very good night. It was a school record on the relay. It’s exciting. This meet is not even half over. We have to come out tomorrow, position ourselves for the finals and do our best to separate ourselves from the field.”

Zarena Brown got things started for Houston after posting a first-place finish in the 500 Freestyle for her second podium finish of the meet. Brown turned in the programs second-best time at 4:44.59, besting the previous pool record by 12 seconds and knocking two seconds off of her third-place finishing time at the conference last season. Freshman Samantha Medlin earned her second podium finish of the meet with a third-place finish in the event and the sixth fastest time in program history, touching the wall at 4:48.63. Conor Glenn earned points for the Cougars after finishing in 14th-place with a time of 4:57.75.

In the second event of the day, Houston went one, two after team captains Eleanna Koutsouveli and Peyton Kondis posted the programs top-two times in the 200 Individual Medley. Koutsouveli touched the wall in 1:58.68, posting a pool record and besting the previous program record that she achieved last season by one second. Kondis finished at 1:59.75 for her second podium finish of the meet. Morgan Rosas and Laura Laderoute rounded out the top-eight in the events, earning points for the Cougars.

Houston would find its way on the podium for the third time by way of a third-place finish from freshman Mykenzie Leehy. Leehy posted the fourth-best time in program history at 23.02, racking up 16 points for the Cougars. Cait Horner finished tied for fourth-place with a time of 23.18 for the fifth-best time in program history and 14.50 points for Houston. Ksenia Yuskova finished first in B-Final and ninth overall with a time of 23.23 for the sixth-best time in program history.

In the final event of the session, Houston would touch the wall at 1:31.47 for a second-place finish and program-record in the 200 Freestyle relay. Horner, Leehy, Brown and Yuskova combined for the Cougars sixth podium finish of the day.

Houston will return to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. for the third day of competition in Dallas. Prelims are set to begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by finals at 6 p.m.

The American Digital Network will have live broadcasts of all sessions, as well as live swimming & diving results. To buy tickets and for all information regarding the 2018 American Swimming & Diving Championships visit the American Championship Central by clicking HERE.

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