BACK-TO-BACK! Houston Wins 2018 Conference Title

Feb. 18, 2018


DALLAS – The University of Houston Swimming & Diving program earned its second straight American Athletic Conference Championship Saturday evening at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. With a combined 826 points, 23 podium finishes and nine conference championships the Cougars retained control of the top spot in the American Athletic Conference.

“I don’t know what to say, other than that it was an amazing week for our program,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. “Every single part of our team came together this week in a way that we haven’t seen in the three years that we’ve been here. It truly was a team effort from top to bottom this week. I am going to have to ask Alex about all the records that we broke and medals that we won. Honestly, we weren’t focused on that. We were focused on winning a championship. Mission accomplished this weekend. The thing most exciting for us is that there is no ceiling to this program. We continue to push for new heights and do things that we haven’t been able to do here before. We’ve got an incredible support structure at the University of Houston. Chris Pezman and former Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek. Thank you to Bruce Gregory and everyone in our department who touches our program in some way. You are a huge and major part of this program and this championship. There is no ceiling for what we can do here, there really is no ceiling. We have everything we need to continue to not only get better, but continue to win championships and push to be a top-25 program.”

The Cougars outscored second-place finisher, Cincinnati by 163 points. Third-place finisher ECU closed out the podium with 552 points. With those 826 points, Houston scored the second-most points by any winning women’s program at the conference meet in conference history, only second to the 977 points scored by Louisville in 2014.

In only his third season at the helm of the Houston Swimming & Diving program, Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka was named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Becoming the second coach in program history to earn the honor twice.

Reese Lamph got things rolling for Houston with a fifth-place finish in the 1650 Freestyle. The distance specialist, clocked in at 16:36.71 for the Cougar’s eighth-best time in program history. Conor Glenn and Hannah Herbst tacked on points for Houston, finishing ninth and eleventh.

Eleanna Koutsouveli earned her third podium finish after touching the wall at 1:56.24, the second-best time in program history, for a second-place finish in the 200 Backstroke. Laura Laderoute clinched a fifth-place finish in the events to rack up 14 points for the Cougars with a finishing time of 1:59.18.

With her third individual first-place finish, sophomore Zarena Brown set a pool record and program record in the 100 Freestyle. Brown touched the wall at 49.09 and was followed by freshman Mykenzie Leehy who posted her third individual podium finish of the meet with a time of 49.67.

Angeliki Mavrantza earned her second podium finish, breaking a program record in the process. The sophomore closed out the race in 2:11.91, besting the previous program record by one second for second-place overall. Peyton Kondis earned a fourth-place finish, followed by Gaby Jimenez in sixth-place.

Freshman Rebecca Brandt clocked a time of 1:59.83 for a third-place finish in the 200 Butterfly. Brandt now sits fourth all-time at Houston in the event. Victoria Tillman touched the wall at 2:01.17 for fifth place, followed by a first and second-place finish from Morgan Rosas and Katie Higgins in the Consolation Final.

With one event left and a 155 point lead, Houston hit the water for the final event of the Championships. Leehy, Ksenia Yuskova, Laderoute and Brown combined for the fastest time in program history in the event, touching the wall at 3:18.56. Houston tacked on 40 more points and set a new pool record in the process.

Houston will continue its postseason at the CSCAA Invitational and NCAA Championships in March.

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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