Schwendenwein, Forcucci Sweep C-USA Weekly Swimming and Diving Honors

Nov. 6, 2007

HOUSTON - University of Houston junior Sasha Schwendenwein and freshman Courtney Forcucci were honored Tuesday as the Conference USA Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.

Both student-athletes helped lead the Cougars to a 2-1 record during last weekend's road trip through Florida with wins over Florida International and Indian River Community College, the 30-time defending NJCAA national champions.

Schwendenwein won two events during each meet, marking the third straight meet in which she won at least one individual event. She won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.82) - finishing nearly four seconds ahead of her closest competition - and the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.39) - nearly five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher - against Miami (Fla.).

One day later, she won the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.16) and the 100-yard butterfly (58.41) - making her the only swimmer to crack the 1-minute mark in that event - and swam the anchor leg of the Cougars' winning 200-yard medley relay team during a tri-meet against FIU and Indian River CC.

It was the second weekly award during Schwendenwein's career.

Forcucci won three of the four diving events in which she competed on the trip. Against Miami (Fla.), the Fort Mill, S.C., native won the 3-meter event with a career-best 301.73 points and finished third in the 1-meter event.

She helped lead the Cougars to a sweep of the Top Three places in the tri-meet against FIU and Indian River CC. Forcucci scored 267.90 points to win the 1-meter event and added 301.20 points on the 3-meter board.

She was the only diver to crack 300 points in either event.

It was her first career weekly honor.

Forcucci and her Cougar teammates return to action Nov. 15-17 when they play host to the Houston Diving Invitational at UH's own Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium. Schwendenwein and her swimming comrades compete again Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational.



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