Swimming and Diving Hosts Phill Hansel Invitational Nov. 21-23
Nov. 19, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team is set to host the annual Phill Hansel Invitational from Nov. 21-23 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium. Houston hosts six other teams including Idaho, Fresno State, New Mexico State, North Texas, Rice and Tulane.
The three-day meet begins each day with a morning preliminary session at 10 a.m. and diving prelims starting at 11 a.m. Following a break, the teams will head back to the pool at 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday for the swimming finals. Diving finals begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday with Saturday’s combined platform finals beginning at noon.
The Invitational is the Cougars largest event of the fall season and will feature 21 events with 13 individual races, five relays and completion across all three diving boards. The meet offers Houston a preview of a conference championship environment with multiple teams and scoring following a championship format.
“We are pursuing season best times in this competition on both and individual and team (relays) perspective. The support the team has shown for one another and their pride in being part of UH should shine through. I'd like to thank our volunteers, officials, and fans in advance for their support this weekend.”
Under first-year head swimming coach Rich Murphy, Houston is 2-0 in dual meets this year topping North Texas (128-109) and SMU (158-141) to begin the month of November. This meet concludes the fall completion portion of the schedule.
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ABOUT PHILL HANSEL
Hansel, a 1949 graduate of Purdue, was named the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year three times during his tenure, and mentored 31 swimmers to All-America honors, including Diane Johannigman, the first NCAA swimming national champion in UH history.
Hansel also had an impressive resume at the international level, serving as the manager of the 1992 U.S. Olympics teams and working with the Singapore teams at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.