Feb. 17, 2012
The Rice tandem of Quincy Christian and Shelby Bottoms finished first and second, respectively, in the 400-yard individual medley to pace the Owl swim team Friday night on the third day of competition at the 2012 Conference USA Swim Championships being held across town at the U.H. Rec Center Pool.
After three days of the four-day, 27-event C-USA championship meet, SMU leads the team scoring with 550 points. The Owls are second with 507 points, followed by East Carolina (469.5 pts.), meet host the University of Houston (361), Marshall (192) and Tulane (148.5).
Though just a sophomore, Christian is no stranger to winning the C-USA individual championship in the 400-IM. The Granite Bay, Calif., native won the league title in the event as a true freshman last season and she defended her crown with a season-best time of 4:18.67 that provisionally qualified for next month's NCAA Championships.
Fresh off her new school record in the 200-IM she set on Thursday, senior Shelby Bottoms made it a 1-2 finish for the Blue & Gray in the 400-IM with career-best time of 4:40.64. The 400-IM proved to be one of the Owls' strongest scoring events of the meet as Alex O'Brien finished fourth (4:24.64) and Kylee Talwar took fifth (4:25.98).
Rice also came up with some big finishes for points in the 200-freestyle. Freshman Erin Flanigan won her second silver medal of the weekend with season-best 1:48.34, the fourth fastest mark in Rice history. Sophomore Chelsea Fong touched in fourth with a time of 1:49.21 that was a narrow six one-hundredths of a second in front of sixth place. Senior Alison Godbe was eighth among the 28 entries with career-best time of 1:50.79.
Freshman Casey Clark finished third in the 100-butterfly with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 54.15. Sophomore Carter Graves reached the championship finals and scored with a seventh-place 56.38. Karina Wlostowska and Lilly Marrow were 10th and 11th, respectively, with 56.15 and 56.56.
Marrow then came back later in the meet and finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:03.09 for one of the top four times in Rice history. Talwar won the consolation finals (1:04.58) while Rachel Moody was 10th 1:04.65).
In the 100-backstroke sophomore Michelle Gean was Rice's top finisher with a fifth-place 55.77. The Blue & Gray posted a sound and solid effort with a second-place in the 200-freestyle relay. The Owl foursome of Clark, Marissa Konicke, Moody and Fong swam a season-best 1:32.15 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Rice holds second in the team standings, but there's still a full day of events up for grabs on Saturday. Preliminary races begin at 10 am at UH with championship finals set for 6 pm. The meet schedule is as follows:
SAT., FEBRUARY 18
Preliminaries - 10 am
1,650-Yard Freestyle Preliminaries
Diving Preliminaries - 1 pm
Platform (Men & Women)
Finals - 6 pm
1,650-Yard Freestyle Finals
Platform Diving (Women)
Platform Diving (Men)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Two Owls Earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors
06/22/2016 - Rice’s Alicia Caldwell and Marie-Claire Schillinger have both been named to the College Swimming and Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)...
Swim Team Earns National Academic Honor
06/15/2016 - The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recognized the Rice Owls as a Scholar All-American Team after posting a 3.50 grade...
Swim Team Announces Individual Award Winners
04/26/2016 - Led by sophomore Alicia Caldwell as the Rice Swimmer of the Year, Owl head swim coach Seth Huston announced the program's individual award winners ...
Ala-Seppälä Qualifies For European...
04/09/2016 - Rice junior Anniina Ala-Seppälä won two event titles at Finland's National Swimming Championships, and has qualified for the 2016...
Marie-Claire Schillinger Wins Second C-USA...
02/27/2016 - Rice true freshman Marie-Claire Schillinger won her second Conference USA individual title in as many days to pace the Owls’ swim team on the...
Schillinger Wins C-USA Individual Title In 100-...
02/27/2016 - Rice true freshman Marie-Claire Schillinger posted the second-fastest mark in school history to win the Conference USA event title in the 100-yard ...
Three Rice Owls Named To C-USA All-Academic...
02/26/2016 - Rice’s Anniina Ala-Seppälä, Savanna Golson and Cora McKenzie have been named to the 2016 Conference USA Swimming All-Academic Team,...
Jaecey Parham Wins C-USA Individual...
02/25/2016 - Rice sophomore swimmer Jaecey Parham posted the third-fastest mark in school history to win the Conference USA event title in the 200-yard...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store