On a day seven seniors were honored at their final home meet, the Rice veterans helped pace the Owl swimmers to a convincing 190.5-to-103.5 dual meet victory over longtime state foe SMU Saturday at the Competition Pool.
The Rice senior trio of Jaecey Parham (100-backstroke, 56.97), Lauren Rhodes (50-freestyle, 23.45) and Alicia Caldwell (100-free 51.48 and 200-free 1:50.64) all won individual events. Caldwell and Rhodes meanwhile combined to help the Owls sweep both relay events. Junior Marie-Claire Schillinger was sound and solid on the way to four wins, sweeping both breaststroke events and swimming the third leg on both relays. Hanna Huston raced to wins in the rugged distance duo of both the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle.
True freshman Brittany Bui won the 200-butterfly. Overall the Owls won 11 of the day's 14 swim events. It was only the second time in the history of the Rice swim program for the Owls to defeat SMU in a dual meet.
A video recap with Rice head coach Seth Huston is available at the above link. The Owls are next scheduled to compete in New Orleans, La., at the annual four-team Dualapalooza on Oct. 27-28 (Friday and Saturday). Rice faces Florida International, Denver and host Tulane for three dual meets in a 48-hour period.