Led by Hanna Huston's third place individual finish, the Rice swim team placed second overall at second annual CSCAA Collegiate National Open Water Championships Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas.
Rice's four-swimmer squad all placed in the Top 14 of the individual standings, including Huston (third), sophomore Sarah Nowaski sixth, true freshman Lindsay Mathys 13th and senior Alicia Caldwell 14th. The 5,000-meter open water championship meet sponsored by College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The University of Kansas won the meet for the second-straight year. The open water format is as unique as it is long, a rugged 3.1 miles. Rice head coach Seth Huston, now in his 16th season at the helm of the Rice swim program, liked what he saw of the Owls Saturday.
"The team swam really well and I was proud of how we raced," coach Huston said. "We swam much better than we did last year. It was a much more competitive race. Hanna had a lead a little early in the race and gave it up to draft. She stayed pretty close to the leaders but never got back into a position to win it. She swam strong and pulled away from the fourth place finisher over the last 1,000 meters. Sarah and Lindsay moved up a lot. They were very controlled and moved up throughout the race. Sarah really put herself in a position for a Top 8 finish. Alicia did well and we know she's going to have a great senior season. Everyone had a great, competitive attitude, and I'm very happy with our performances."
The Owls' swim team is next in action at its home meet, the Rice Invitational, on October 7.