School Records Fall on Day 1 of C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships
Feb. 20, 2013
School Records Fall on Day 1 of C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships New marks set in the 200 Medley and 800 Free Relay
HOUSTON - The University of Houston 200 medley and 800 free relay team both set school records en route to a third-place finishes in the opening night of the Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted at the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. Houston sits in second place with 64 points trailing Rice by 10 after the first two events.
"We talked before the meet about having the opportunity to go faster than you've ever gone - and we came out and did that tonight," said head coach Augie Busch. "We took down two school records, both by a pretty good margin. We couldn't be off to a better start. The girls are excited, they're on their game, and we have to keep it going tomorrow."
The Cougars' 200-yard medley relay record went down with the help of three newcomers, including two freshman (Michelle Detka, Maggie McCord) and one sophomore transfer (Taylor Gregory). Senior Reka Kovacs, fresh off being named to the C-USA All-Academic Team, bolstered the young crew swimming the breaststroke.
In the 800-yard free relay, every Cougar (Moira Fraser, Heather Winn, Colleen Donovan and Kimm Ballo) swam sub 1:50 splits as Houston bested the 2012 record by almost exactly five seconds (7:21.66). Donovan, swimming the third leg, overtook ECU after entering the pool over a second afterwards. The junior gave Houston the third-spot and they would not relinquish their positioning after senior Kimmy Ballo turned in the fastest split on the team (1:48.67) to grow the lead.
"Two school records, best times all over the board, great split times - we're in real good shape if we can keep this momentum up the rest of the meet."