Oct. 27, 2012
HOUSTON - Sophomore Madison Livingston won three individual events to pace the Owl swimmers on the final day of competition at the Rice-Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Medical Center Fall Invitational Saturday afternoon (Oct. 27) at the Aquatics Center Competition Pool.
Combined with the three events Rice won in Friday's opening session of the two-day meet, the Owls claimed wins in a total of 12 of the meet's 18 swim events. There were also two springboard diving events (which Rice does not compete-in) and TCU's success there helped the Horned Frogs take the meet title. TCU won the meet with a total of 1,045 points, a narrow margin ahead of second place Rice (1,039 pts). The University of Houston finished third with 654 points and Incarnate Word was fourth (632).
The Owls certainly took care of business in the swim events Saturday and Livingston led the way. Livingston stormed back from a second place finish in the 200-yard individual medley on Friday to win all three events she entered Saturday. She opened with a win over 17 other competitors in the 400-individual medley (4:31.76) and then came back three events later to lead a 1-2 Rice finish in the 100-breaststroke with Lilly Marrow (1:07.21 and 1:07.29, respectively). The Kentfield, Calif., native then made it three-for-three on the day with a victory in the 200-breaststroke (2:23.12) over 16 other entries.
Rice collected four other individual wins by four different Owls, including both backstroke distances. True freshman Taylor Armstrong won her first career event as an Owl with a 59.43 in the 100-backstroke. Senior Stephanie Wei swam a 2:06.73 to defeat 22 other competitors in the 200-backstroke.
Sophomore Casey Clark won the 100-butterfly with a time of 57.33. Junior Chelsea Fong used a strong second half of the race to win the 200-freestyle (1:54.78). Fong and Clark teamed with Cora McKenzie and Karina Wlostowska to win the 400-freestyle relay (3:29.78) in the Owls' first time to race in the event this season. Clark and Wlostowska were joined by Michelle Gean and Lilly Marrow for a Rice win in the 200-medley relay (1:47.60).
The Rice swim team will be back in action next weekend with a pair of dual meets away from the Owls home pool. The Blue & Gray compete against the University of North Texas Friday (Nov. 2) night in Denton, followed by a Conference USA clash at SMU on Saturday.
Complete meet results from the Rice-Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Medical Center Fall Invitational are available at the above link.