Rice sophomore Marie-Claire Schillinger won a pair of individual events, and junior Jaecey Parham set a new facility record on the way to a victory in the 200-individual medley, to pace the Owl swimmers competing in two meets on Saturday (Oct. 8).
The Owls divided into two teams to compete simultaneously in the Missouri State Shootout and University of Houston Pentathlon across town at the UH Rec Center. Rice registered individual wins and some solid showings at both meets.
Schillinger swept both breaststroke events at the MSU Shootout, taking the 100-yard event with a 1:02.90 and the 200 with a steady 2:14.90. Not only did defending Conference USA 200-IM champion Jaecey Parham win her same event at the Shootout, she set Missouri State facility record with a 2:03.32. Parham then came right back and swam the anchor leg of the Owls' meet-winning 400-freestyle relay behind Alicia Caldwell, Kate Nezelek and Harper Gillentine that set another facility record with a time of 3:25.43.
In the meet's team scoring Rice finished third with 326 points behind co-winners Missouri State and Houston (both 347 points). While a meet limit nine Owls and Cougars swam at MSU, the remaining swimmers from those two teams went head-to-head in five non-scored events across town at the UH Rec Center. Junior Julie Litver won the 100-backstroke with a 57.46 and junior transfer Lauren Rhodes won the 100-free with a solid 51.97. Rhodes is a newcomer who swam the last two seasons at NC State and could have a nice impact on the sprints this season.
"It was a good day for us," said Rice head coach Seth Huston. "We put up some good times for this early in the season. We raced well today, but we were out-touched a little too much to win the meet at MSU. We had good swims at UH, and it was good to see that Julie and Lauren get wins today."