Jan. 26, 2013Erin Flanigan won two more races and junior Karina Wlostowska won one individual event and was the anchor leg on a winning Rice relay as the Owl swimmers closed out the final day of action at the LSU Quad Meet Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.
Four participating swim teams competed in three dual meets simultaneously over a full two days of events. Rice closed out Saturday's final round with meet wins over crosstown rival Houston by a score of 201.5 to 142.5, and Conference USA foe Tulane 223-118. The Owls were defeated by No. 24 ranked meet host LSU 203-143.
Flanigan picked-up right where she left off from Friday's opening round when she coasted to a win the 1,000-yard freestyle. On Saturday the distance specialist from Austin, Tex., won the 500-freestyle with a time of 4:56.11. She then came back four events later and led a 1-2-3 Rice finish in the 200-butterfly (2:04.89) along with Chelsea Fong (2:05.52) and Casey Clark (2:05.67), respectively.
The 200-butterfly was not the only 1-2-3 Rice finish on the day. In the very next event the Owl trio of Wlostowska (51.86), Cora McKenzie (52.37) and Fong (52.43) claimed the top three respective spots in the 100-freestyle.
The strong showing in the 100 proved to be a good indicator for the meet's 4x50 freestyle two events later. The Owl foursome of McKenzie, Fong, Marissa Konicke and Wlostowska out-touched LSU at the wall by a hundredth-of-a-second, 1:35.70 to 1:35.71, to take first place in the sprint relay.
Rice head coach Seth Huston, now in his eleventh season at the helm of the program was pleased with Owls' performance against two C-USA opponents and a nationally-ranked LSU squad. Fatigue could have been a concern late in a long two-day meet, but the Blue & Gray was up for the challenge.
"Great finish for the Owls," coach Huston said. "We won three of the last four events, and that's a good sign. We really dominated the 200-fly and 100-free, and had a strong finish to the meet. I was proud of how the team regrouped and finished strong today."
Rice also had solid swims from true freshman Shelbi Ragsdale who placed second in the 400-individual medley with a time of 4:29.54. Senior Stephanie Wei was fourth among a field of 16 entries in the 200-backstroke (2:05.86). Sophomore Rachel Moody, who had been sidelined for most of the fall semester, returned to action and was fourth in the 100-breaststroke (1:06.01). Moody was just ahead of senior teammate Kylee Talwar, who swam a 1:06.21 for fifth.
Complete results from the LSU Quad meet, including both days' events, are available at the above links. The Owl swimmers next compete in the Conference USA Championships on Feb. 20-23. The C-USA meet will be held across town at the University of Houston Rec Center Natatorium. Rice finished second at the league championships last season.
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