DALLAS – The University of Houston Swimming & Diving program was a mainstay on the medal stand on the third day of action at the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championships in Dallas. The Cougars broke two program records, earned three conference championships, earned nine podium finishes and will take 572 combined points into the final day of action at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. Houston leads the field by 151 points.
“It was a pretty awesome night,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. “Two school records, a one-two-three finish in the 200 Free, Peyton Kondis breaking a huge barrier, Eleanna winning the 400 IM and certainly coming from behind to win that relay at the end. It was a pretty fun evening. I’m excited for tomorrow to get here so we can put a bow on this.”
Eleanna Koutsouveli got things started for the Cougars after besting the previous program record in the 400 individual medley by two seconds to post a third-place time of 4:14.38. Reese Lamph notched the third fastest time (4:17.13) in program history for a fifth-place finish, followed by Morgan Rosas in sixth-place (4:20.23) and Rebecca Brandt in eighth-place (4:22.35) with the fifth and eighth-best times in Houston history. Gaby Jimenez finished 11th (4:21.86) overall and third in the Consolation Final after notching the seventh-best time in program history.
Cougar freshman Victoria Tillman earned her first individual podium finish after touching the wall at 54.26 in the 100 butterfly. With the time, Tillman now sits third all-time at Houston in the event. Katie Higgins finished in fifth-place (54.49) in the event with the fourth-best time in program history. Brandt won the Consolation Final, touching the wall at 55.05 for the fifth fastest time at Houston.
Houston swept the competition in the 200 freestyle, earning four of the top-five times in the event. Brown led the field with a time of 1:45.78, the third-best time in program history. Yuskova clocked in at 1:47.71 for second place, followed by freshman Mykenzie Leehy in third-place at 1:47.85. Samantha Medlin rounded out the top-five after touching the wall at 1:48.82 for fifth-place.
In the 100 breaststroke, Peyton Kondis notched a program-best 59.73 for her second consecutive 100 breaststroke championship. The sophomore maintains the top spot in the Houston record books with the time, shattering her previous record by one second. Angeliki Mavrantza earned her first podium finish of the meet finishing in third-place with a time of 1:01.40.
Sophomore Laura Laderoute found her way on to the podium after racing to a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke. Laderoute finished the race in 53.52 for the second-best time in program history.
In a dramatic end to the day, Houston posted a come-from-behind win in the 400 Medley Relay to take gold in the final event of the day. Laderoute, Kondis, Tillman and Brown combined for a school record time of 3:35.48, smashing the previous program record by three seconds. Brown closed out the race for the Cougars, touching the wall four one-hundredths of a second before SMU’s Felicity Passon.
Houston will return to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. for the final day of competition in Dallas. Prelims are set to begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by finals at 6 p.m.
WHERE TO WATCH
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