Marie-Claire Schillinger Wins Second C-USA Individual Swim Title Saturday

Marie-Claire Schillinger
Duncan College
Feb. 27, 2016

ATLANTA, Ga. -- 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 final day of action Saturday at the league championships in Atlanta, Ga.

Schillinger followed up Friday's win in the 100-yard breaststroke with an individual victory in the 200 on Saturday. A native of Orinda, Calif, Schillinger posted a winning time of 2:11.99. The mark was almost as fast as her school-recording breaking 2:11.84 she registered in the event's prelims earlier in the morning. Fellow freshman Dani Gordon also scored for Rice with a 2:18.72 to place sixth.

Rice's biggest point total of the day was in the 200-backstroke. The sophomore foursome of Alicia Caldwell (1:56.89, 2nd), Kiley Beall (1:58.52, 3rd), Kaitlyn Swinney (1:58.82, 4th) and Julie Litver (2:00.83, 7th) all contributed by making the championship final.

Beall then came back two events later to take sixth in the 200-buttefly (2:02.09). Kaitlin Benjamin registered a 2:04.26 to win the 200-fly's consolation final.

Distance specialists Hanna Huston and Anniina Ala-Seppälä came up big in the mile. Huston logged a 16:42.13 to take fourth and Ala-Seppälä rallied for a 16:53.81 for fifth.



Sophomore Jaecey Parham was seventh in the 100-freestyle (51.26), then joined Caldwell, Schillinger and Ala-Seppälä as the anchor of the Owls' 400-free relay. Rice was third with a time of 3:24.70.

The Blue & Gray was second in the final team standings with 636 points. Florida International won the meet with 954 points. Marshall was third (618.5 pts), followed by North Texas, (513), followed by Florida Atlantic (380.5) and Old Dominion (378).



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