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).
This concludes the season for the Houston swimming program while the Cougar divers will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, March 9-11 for the NCAA Zone Diving. The NCAA Championships follow March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala.
Julia Lonnegren 1 326.35#
Natasha Burgess 2 207.30*
Heather Winn 4 16:48.99*
Lizzie Justice 8 17:02.55*
Laykin Lowry 15 17:25.63
Emma Nelson 18 17:40.80
Kimmy Ballo 8 2:03.73
Heather Coutts 9 2:01.34!
Marissa Blumenthal 18 2:07.24
Kim Eeson 5 50.60*
Moira Fraser 8 51.01*
Reka Kovacs 4 2:18.02#
Beccy Hillis 7 2:19.59#
Holli Pisarski 11 2:20.30
400 Free Relay
Houston 3 3:25.37!
Moira Fraser, Kim Eeson, Colleen Donovan, Heather Winn
! School Record
* Personal Best
# Season Best