Talwar Wins C-USA Individual Championship In 200-IM

Kylee Talwar

Feb. 21, 2013

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HOUSTON -- Senior Kylee Talwar broke the Rice school record in leading a 1-2 Owl finish in the 200-indiviual medley Thursday night at the Conference USA swimming & diving championships across town at the University of Houston Rec Center Natatorium.

After posting the event's top seed in the morning prelims with a new personal best 2:01.06 that was also the second-fastest mark in school history, Talwar blazed to a new school record 2:00.13 to win the C-USA individual championship in the evening prelims. It is the first C-USA event title for Talwar, a senior from Jacksonville, Fla., in her final season with the Blue & Gray.

Talwar picked-up 40 points for the Owls in the team standings for winning the 200-IM, but she wasn't the only one scoring big in the event. The Owls claimed four of the top six spots in the scoring parade, including Junior Michelle Gean's second place time of 2:00.86 that is the third-fastest mark in school history. Junior Quincy Christian finished fifth (2:02.16) and freshman Shelbi Ragsdale was sixth (2:02.25).

Through Thursday's second day of action at the four-day meet, Rice is in second place overall in the team standings with 228 points. Meet host Houston leads with 248.5. Defending league champ SMU is third place (222.5 points), followed by East Carolina (198), Tulane (132) and Marshall (114).

Rice distance specialist Erin Flanigan finished third in the 500-freestyle with a time of 4:49.32. Sophomore Madison Livingston was eleventh with a season-best 4:54.33.

Junior sprinter Chelsea Fong made the championship finals of the 50-freestyle and finished eighth in the league with time of 23.45. She also teamed with Casey Clark, Marissa Konicke and Karina Wlostowska on the Owls 200-freestyle relay. The squad finished with a silver medal second place after a 1:31.83 that is the third-fastest sprint relay in Rice history.

There are two days completed in the meet with two more to go. Friday's events get under way with preliminary swim races beginning at 10 am at UH. Evening finals, including springboard diving, are scheduled for 6 pm.

FRI., FEBRUARY 22 Preliminaries - 10 am 400-Yard Individual Medley 100-Yard Butterfly 200-Yard Freestyle 100-Yard Breaststroke 100-Yard Backstroke Diving Preliminaries - 1 pm 3-Meter (Men) 1-Meter (Women)

Finals - 6 pm 200-Yard Freestyle Relay 1-Meter Diving (Women) 400-Yard Individual Medley 100-Yard Butterfly 3-Meter Diving (Men) 200-Yard Freestyle 100-Yard Breaststroke 100-Yard Backstroke

SAT., FEBRUARY 23 Preliminaries - 10 am 200-Yard Backstroke 100-Yard Freestyle 200-Yard Breaststroke 200-Yard Butterfly 1,650-Yard Freestyle Preliminaries & Finals Diving Preliminaries - 1 pm Platform (Men & Women)

Finals - 6 pm Platform Diving (Women) 200-Yard Backstroke 100-Yard Freestyle 200-Yard Breaststroke 200-Yard Butterfly Platform Diving (Men) 400-Yard Freestyle Relay





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