Feb. 22, 2013
The Rice duo of Quincy Christian and Casey Clark both won individual events to pace the Owl swimmers on a big-scoring third day of the annual Conference USA Championships Friday night across town at the University of Houston Rec Center Natatorium.
Clark and Christian fueled a high-octane set of Rice swims to set up what could be a dramatic finale on Saturday. With one day of action left in the four-day meet, event host Houston leads the team standings, but it is by the narrowest of margins. The Cougars have a total of 480.5 points for first place while Rice is in second with 480. Defending meet champion SMU is on the prowl in third with 441.5 points. East Carolina is fourth (399 points), followed by Tulane (266) and Marshall (175).
Christian started it off with her third individual championship in as many years in the 400-yard individual medley. The junior from California, who won the same event in both 2011 and 2012, rallied from behind in the first part of the race Friday to claim the event title with a time of 4:16.45. Freshman Shelbi Ragsdale finished third with a solid 4:18.73 and sophomore Madison Livingston was sixth (4:21.37).
Rice was back for more with the same scoring pattern in the very next event. Clark the won then won the 100-butterfly with a time of 53.20. In the morning prelims the standout from Spring, Tex., broke her own school record with 53.01. Marissa Konicke was third (54.50) while Lilly Marrow was sixth overall (55.34).
The Blue & Gray closed out the final two individual races with six more big scorers. Fresh off her individual title in Thursday's 200-IM, senior Kylee Talwar broke the school record to lead a 3-4-5 finish in the 100-breaststroke (1:01.92). Marrow followed with a 1:02.84 while Rachel Moody was fifth at 1:03.42.
Junior Michelle Gean continued her strong C-USA swims with a third place in the 100-backstroke (55.34, after a 55.24 in the prelims. The freshmen duo of Shannon Foreman scored with a sixth (56.25) while Taylor Armstrong won the consolation finals on the strength of a season-best 55.98.
The Owls closed out the meet with a second place finish in the 400-medley relay. The Rice foursome of Gean, Talwar, Clark and Konicke set a new school record in the event with a time of 3:41.86.
There is only one day remaining in the meet. 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.
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
Schillinger Wins Two Events at MSU Shootout
10/08/2016 - Rice junior Marie-Claire Schillinger won a pair of individual events, and junior Jaecey Parham set a new facility record on the way to a victory in...
Swimmers Compete Saturday at Missouri State, UH
10/05/2016 - The Rice swim team is splitting the squad to compete in two different meets this weekend at Missouri State and the University of Houston.
Swim Team's Annual Blue-Gray Week Begins Monday
09/30/2016 - The Rice swimmers officially set the teams and events for the program’s annual Blue-Gray Week intrasquad competitions beginning on Oct. 3 (Mo...
Swimmers Finish Second at Open Water Championships
09/17/2016 - The Rice swim team finished second overall at first-ever CSCAA Collegiate National Open Water Championships held in Lawrence, Kansas.
Owls Dive In To New Swim Season Saturday
09/15/2016 - Four Owls on the Rice swim team are scheduled to open the new 2016-2017 season at first-ever CSCAA Collegiate National Open Water Championships in ...
Swim Team Announces Upcoming Schedule
07/28/2016 - A total of 13 regular season meets, including four on-campus at the Aquatics Center, highlight the new 2016-2017 schedule for the Rice Owls swim team.
Schillinger Closes-Out Rice Swims at U.S. Trials
06/30/2016 - Owl true freshman Marie-Claire Schillinger wrapped-up her second, and the Rice swim program’s final, event Thursday at the United States...
Rice Swimmers Conclude Day 2 at U.S. Olympic...
06/27/2016 - Rice's Kiley Beall and Marie-Claire Schillinger both competed at the 2016 United States Olympic Swim Trials on Monday (June 27) in Omaha, Nebraska.
- Top Videos /
- Online Store