Houston Swimmers Win Three of Five Dual Meets on Florida Road Trip






    BOCA RATON, FL (Jan. 8) -- The University of Houston swim team claimed victory at three of five meets Saturday (January 8) in Boca Raton, Florida. The Cougars defeated Illinois State (53-42), Emory (63-33), and New Mexico (53-42), but fell to both the host Florida Atlantic (57-38) and also to Oakland University (73-22).

    In the sprint events, senior Mandy Harms led the way for UH as she captured third place in the 200-yard free and fourth place in the 100-yard free with times of 1:58.40 and 54.46, respectively. Sophomore Christy Milstead finished third in the 200-yard fly (2:11.44), while freshman Danielle Ruggiano provided a spark by placing third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.70).

    The Cougar relay teams also had an impressive showing in Florida finishing in the top five in both the 400-yard medley and 400-yard free relays. Houston's dual meet record improved to 8-6 on the season.

    While the swim team competed in Florida, the UH divers were t the Georgia Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga. The duo of Yolanda Hernandez-Casas and Christi Christensen finished strong with a fourth and seventh place, respectively, in the three-meter springboard event. Hernandez-Casas compiled a total of 483.35 points while Christensen scored a 442.60 in an elite field of 16 invited divers from around the country.

    The Houston swimming and diving team will next be in action in a home double-dual meet against crosstown rival Rice and New Mexico State on Saturday, January 15The start time will be at 1:00 p.m. in the UH Natatorium.

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