Cougars Conclude First Day of Phill Hansel Invite

Nov. 21, 2013

HOUSTON - The University of Houston swimming and diving team concluded the opening day of competition in third place at the three-day long Phill Hansel Invite on Thursday evening at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Rice leads all teams with Idaho ahead of UH by just two points followed by Tulane, New Mexico State and North Texas.


The Cougar divers took the most points of any teams competing on the boards as they placed three divers within the top-five of the 3M event. Junior Natasha Burgess finished second (292.85) followed by freshman Taylor Olanski (285.85) in third and in fifth place was sophomore Danielle Shedd (271.45) to give UH 47 points in the event.

“Our plan is to get better every session of the meet,” said head swimming coach Rich Murphy. “Tonight was clearly better than this morning and we had some people put themselves out into a great position. That early assertiveness (in the heats) really helped set the tone for the meet and snowballed, in a good way, to our success over the evening. We carried that momentum all the way through the end of the night and we’ll be looking to carry that into tomorrow.”

The Houston seniors helped lead the charge by finishing at the top of each event for the Red and White.

Seniors Heather Winn and Lizzie Justice both swam to the 500 free finals with Winn finishing in fourth (4:51.50) and Justice taking the eighth spot (4:58.05). Sophomore Mackenzie Alspaugh took first in the consolation finals with a personal best time of 4:57.28.

Senior Laykin Lowry also swam a PR with her sixth place finish in the 200 IM touching the wall at 2:05.93.

Senior Krystan Morrell paced the sprint freestylers with a 23.50 time to finish fifth with her fastest mark of the year in the event.

Houston returns to the pool tomorrow morning with the Friday prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals starting at 6 p.m..


1. Rice 339
2. Idaho 200
3. Houston 198
4. Tulane 151
5. New Mexico State 148
6. North Texas 130
7. Fresno State 31

2. Natasha Burgess 324.10/292.85
3. Taylor Olanski 261.70/285.85
5. Danielle Shedd 271.45/264.15

200 Free Relay
4. Houston 1:33.86
Krystan Morrell, Lindsay Schultz, Doroteja Bednjanec, Taylor Gregory
9. Houston 1:36.60
Taylor Derevyanik, Maya Owens, Michelle Detka, Jasmine Williams

500 Free
4. Heather Winn 4:51.50
8. Lizzie Justice 4:58.05
9. Mackenzie Alspaugh 4:57.28*
17. Maya Owens 5:00.08
25. Michaela Hamrick 5:04.66
29. Rachel Hobbins 5:10.35
37. Leah Ortiz 5:22.03

200 IM
6. Laykin Lowry 2:05.93*
17. Taylor Derevyanik 2:06.12
19. Sam Young 2:08.27
23. Holly Criscuolo 2:10.74
25. Cameron Balkom 2:10.57
35. Marissa Lehman 2:13.84

50 Free
5. Krystan Morrell 23.50
14. Lindsay Schultz 24.08
18. Taylor Gregory 24.02
19. Doroteja Bednjanec 24.03
26. Maya Owens 24.07
29. Michelle Detka 24.44
35. Heather Winn 24.67
37. Jasmine Williams 24.80
40. Sam Young 24.88
43. Michaela Hamrick 25.12

400 Medley Relay
8. Houston 3:49.99
Taylor Gregory, Cameron Balkom, Maya Owens, Krystan Morrell
12. Houston 3:54.43
Taylor Derevyanik, Marissa Lehman, Holly Criscuolo, Heather Winn



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