March 24, 2014
Rice's Rachel Moody and Cora McKenzie won their respective individual events on the second day of action at the National Swimming Invitational meet Monday 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. McKenzie posted her fastest time at Rice to win the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.92). Senior Karina Wlostowska was third in the race with a new Rice-best time of 1:49.78.
Moody then won the meet's next event, the 100-breaststroke, with a 1:01.41. The mark was just off her own Rice record (1:01.16) she set earlier this year.
Rice's other top finishers from the other events held Monday include a second and third place finish in the 400-individual medley by Lauren FitzGerald (4:22.19) and Shelbi Ragsdale (4:23.33). The Owls placed second in both of the day's relay events, with a 1:41.75 in the 200-medley and a 7:24.65 in the 800-freestyle.
Marissa Konicke was fifth in the 100-butterfly after a 55.23 in the morning prelims. Taylor Armstrong was fifth in the 100-backstroke after a prelim time of 56.08.
The meet concludes Tuesday, March 25, with morning preliminary races followed by evening finals.