Cougars Finish Fourth at Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships
Feb. 19, 2012
HOUSTON - Junior Julia Lonnegren won the platform competition to complete her sweep of all three diving events as Houston finished fourth at the 2012 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Lonnegren, the only diver to even attempt a dive off the 10M height, cruised to the victory with a 326.35 score. With the win in the platform, Lonnegren became the fourth diver in C-USA history to sweep the diving awards.
Freshman Natasha Burgess finished as the runner up to Lonnegren in all three events including tonight's platform even where she finished with a 207.30 score.
"What can I say, they were fantastic all week long," said head diving coach Jane Figueiredo. "Jules has been exactly what I expected all year long while Tash is really coming on strong at the right time. We still have some work to do but it was a great job by those two out there."
Figueiredo was named the Diving Coach of the Year for the 11th straight year and Lonnegren was chosen as the Diver of the Meet.
Houston finished the meet in fourth place for the second straight year with 533 points. The SMU Mustangs won the league title followed by Rice, East Carolina, Houston, Marshall and Tulane in the point standings.
Houston cut two school records on the final day of the meet.
Freshman Heather Coutts lowered the program mark in the 200 yard backstroke (2:01.34) as she won the consolation finals.
Eeson and Fraser both swam in the 100 free championship finals and swam personal bests of 50.60 and 51.01 to place fifth and eighth respectfully.
Winn secured her second fourth-place finsh of the meet in the 1,650 free with a personal best time of 16:48.99. Sophomore Lizzie Justice also bettered her own best time in an eighth-place finish (17:02.55).