SAN DIEGO – The Rice trio of Alicia Caldwell, Hanna Huston and Marie-Claire Schillinger each won two individual events to pace the Owl swimmers to the meet title of the UC-San Diego Invitational Tuesday afternoon in San Diego, Calif.
With convincing first place finishes in ten individual events and two relays races, Rice won the four-team meet with 673.5 points. San Diego State was second with 637.5 points. Meet host UC-San Diego finished third (565 points) and San Jose State placed fourth (526 pts).
Not only did Caldwell win the 100-yard backstroke (with a time of 56.83) and 100-freestyle (52.21), the junior from Sydney, Australia, swam the lead leg on both of Rice’s winning 200-medley (1:44.98) and 400-freestyle relays (3:30.20). Schillinger swept both the 100- and 200-breaststroke events with marks of 1:03.51 and 2:18.99, respectively.
Huston led 1-2 Rice finishes in both distance races. She claimed the 1,000-freestyle (10:11.36) ahead of teammate Claire Therien (10:17.65) before coming back to take the 500-free (5:00.02) with Sarah Nowaski (5:04.14). Top to bottom it was the kind of outing Rice head coach Seth Huston wanted to see in the Owls’ start to the new year.
“We really swam great considering the heavy training cycle we are in,” coach Huston said. “Hanna, MC, and Alicia were double-winners, and I was really impressed with how we raced. We had great finishes and we swam very smart.”
Junior Lauren Rhodes won the 50-free (23.85) and brought home wins as the anchor leg of both Owl relays. The junior tandem of Kiley Beall and Kaitlyn Swinney posted individual victories in the 200-butterfly (2:05.34) and 400-IM (4:24.38), respectively. Sophomore Sydney Franzen came from behind to win the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:53.10.
The complete meet results are available at the above link. The Rice swimmers are next in action at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas, beginning on January 13.