Feb. 28, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. - Junior Casey Clark won two individual events to pace the Rice swim team on the third day of the Conference USA Championship meet Friday evening in Atlanta, Ga. The Owls are now just one day away from claiming a second-straight C-USA title in swimming, and the program's third in the last four years.
Through Friday's third day of action at the four-day meet, Rice remained in first place with a total of 681 points. Florida International is second with 500 points while East Carolina is third (472) and Western Kentucky fourth (428). North Texas (389), Tulane (337), Florida Atlantic (290.5), Old Dominion (280) and Marshall (218.5) are the remaining teams in the championship meet.
Well-rested after not competing in any of Thursday's events, Clark was all-business Friday. The junior from Spring, Texas, won her second-straight C-USA individual title in the 100-butterfly and did so in a 1-2-3 Rice finish. Clark swam a 53.15 for first place with Marissa Konicke (54.04) and Chelsea Fong (54.46) taking second and third, respectively. All three marks were NCAA provisional qualifying times.
Clark returned in the very next event and led a Rice scoring spree in the 200-freestyle. She won the title with a 1:46.98 that was just off her school record she set last December. Erin Flanigan was fourth (1:48.22), Cora McKenzie finished sixth (1:49.03) and Karina Wlostowska was eighth (1:50.31) in the championship final.
That would be a full day of swimming for most, but Clark wasn't quite finished. She then swam the lead leg on the final event of the night, the 400-medley relay, where she and Rachel Moody, Konicke and Chelsea Fong touched first with a new school record time of 3:39.00.
Earlier in the meet senior Quincy Christian was third in the 400-individual medley with a 4:17.37. Her quest for an unprecedented fourth-consecutive individual titles in the event came up just short, but she and sophomore Shelbi Ragsdale (4th place 4:19.97) scored big in the team totals.
The meet concludes with two sessions on Saturday. Qualifying races are at 9 am and event finals begin at 5 pm (Central Time). The meet's full results are at the above link. The remaining meet schedule is as follows:
SAT., MARCH 1
Preliminaries - 9 am
1,650-Yard Freestyle Preliminaries & Finals
Diving Preliminaries - 1 pm
Platform (Men & Women)
Finals - 5 pm
Platform Diving (Women)
Platform Diving (Men)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay