Pa'lmai, Cagnotto Sweep C-USA Swimming Weekly Awards

    Freshman Andrea Pa'lmai was honored Tuesday as the Conference USA Co-Swimmer of the Week.
    Freshman Andrea Pa'lmai was honored Tuesday as the Conference USA Co-Swimmer of the Week.
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    Dec. 6, 2005

    HOUSTON - University of Houston freshmen Andrea Pa'lmai and Tania Cagnotto swept the Conference USA Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards Tuesday.

    Pa'lmai received her first weekly award from the conference after breaking the school record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:23.21 at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational last weekend. Competing in that event for the first time all season, the Budapest, Hungary, native bested the previous mark held by UH Olympian Michelle Smith and recorded the second-fastest time by any C-USA swimmer.

    In addition to the school record, Pa'lmai also etched her name in the UH records book in several other events. Her time of 16:56.41 in the 1,650-yard freestyle earned her a first-place finish and was the second-fastest time in school history.

    Her time of 2:04.06 in the 200-yard backstroke was the fourth-fastest time in school history.

    Pa'lmai also swam the leadoff leg for the 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams which posted Top 10 fastest times in UH history.

    Marshall senior Casey Mulholland shared the swimming award with Pa'lmai.

    While Pa'lmai enjoyed her first weekly award from the Conference office, it was the fifth time this season that Cagnotto won the diving award. The Bolzano, Italy, native captured first place on the 3-meter springboard at the Texas Invitational with 354.15 points, winning by more than 60 points. She scored 324.35 points in the preliminaries of that event and was the only competitor to crack 300 points in either the prelims or the finals.

    Cagnotto competed on the platform for the first time as a collegiate diver the next day and earned another first-place honors with 327.60 points to win by nearly 40 points. Again, she was the only diver to top 300 points.

    It also was the sixth time this season and the 28th time since the 2001-02 season that a Cougar was named C-USA Diver of the Week.

    Pa'lmai, Cagnotto and their Cougar teammates return to action on Dec. 31, when they play host to Findlay at Melcher Natatorium. The time for that dual meet has not been announced yet.



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