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."
Ticket prices for the Championship are $10/15 per day for youth/adult and $25/35 for all-session passes while admission for Conference USA students is free with valid ID. FOX Sports Net will televise the event on tape delay at noon ET Feb. 28. FOX Sports Southwest will air the event at noon CT the same day with a re-air scheduled for 11 p.m. CT.
1 Rice 74
2 University of Houston 64
3 Tulane University 62
4 East Carolina University 60
5 Marshall University 54
6 Southern Methodist University 40