Rice senior Alicia Caldwell won two individual events and swam on a winning relay to help pace the Owls' swim team to a 136-100 Conference USA victory over visiting North Texas Friday evening at the Competition Pool. The dual meet win was just the right gift on Rice head coach Seth Huston's birthday.
Caldwell was sound and solid as the Owls won eight of the meet's 11 swim events. The senior from Sydney, Australia, swam the lead leg of Rice's 200-yard medley relay that touched first with a time of 1:45.00. She then swept both the 100- and 200-freestyle events with times of 52.08 and 1:52.29.
Other Rice individual wins included Lauren Rhodes in the 50-freestyle (23.64), Rylee Linhardt in the 200-backstroke (2:04.72), Kaitlin Benjamin in the 200-butterfly (2:08.79), Kaitlyn Swinney in the 400-individual medley (4:23.82) and Hanna Huston in the 1,000-freestyle (10:18.59). The Blue & Gray in fact posted a total of seven 1-2 finishes in the meet.
A video recap with coach Huston is available at the above link. The Owls are next scheduled to face longtime state foe SMU on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 am. Be sure to check Rice's social media accounts for weather-related updates to Saturday's meet vs. the Mustangs.