Owls Take Sprint Relay Title at Inaugural National Invitational Meet

Cora McKenzie
Sid Richardson College

March 23, 2014

The Rice foursome of Cora McKenzie, Rachel Moody, Chelsea Fong and Karina Wlostowska teamed to win the 200-freestyle relay, the first event ever held as part of the new National Swimming Invitational meet on Sunday night in Rockwall, Texas.

The first-year three-day meet, which has picked up the unofficial title of the "Swimming NIT," is open to all Division I provisional qualifiers who did not participate in the NCAA Championships last week. The Rice Owl foursome won the meet's first-ever event with a time of 1:32.91. Grand Canyon University was second in the event (1:34.23), followed by Conference USA swimming rival Western Kentucky (1:34.62).

Rice's other top finishers from the four other events held Sunday include sophomores Taylor Armstrong and Cora McKenzie, who both posted second place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.22) and 50-freestyle (23.36), respectively. Freshman Lauren FitzGerald swam a Rice-best 2:03.63 to take fifth in the 200-individual medley. The Owls then closed out the first day of action with a second place finish in the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:41.48.

The meet continues through Tuesday, March 25, with morning preliminary races followed by evening finals.





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