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.