The senior duo of Kaitlyn Swinney and Lauren Rhodes both won two events, and the Rice swimmers won eight of the day's 11 races overall, to pace the Owls to a convincing 136.5-to-84.5 Conference USA dual meet victory over defending league champion Florida International Friday afternoon at the neutral setting in New Orleans, La.
Swinney won the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.96) and led a 1-2 Rice finish in the 200-IM (2:04.25) with senior Jaecey Parham. Rhodes swept both sprint freestyle races with a 23.63 in the 50 before a 1-2 Rice finish in the 100 (51.72) with Lindsay Mathys (51.98).
"It was a total team effort," said Rice head coach Seth Huston. "The team swam incredible today. The times were decent enough, but it just a lot of great racing. It started with the 400-medley relay where Lindsay Mathys came from behind and out-touched FIU at the wall to win it.
"Lauren Rhodes and Kate Nezelek swam awesome 50's," Huston added. "Backstroke was great. Kaitlyn opened a big lead and the field couldn't touch her. In the 200-IMshe had a lot left on the freestyle and 1-2 with Jaecey.
"We did not let up at any point," Huston said. "We were really competitive and raced with a lot of confidence. It's a big day tomorrow, and we will have to be even better.."