Junior Marie-Claire Schillinger won three individual events and swam on a winning relay to lead of host of solid Rice performances as the Owl swim team split a pair of dual meets Saturday in New Orleans. After falling to the University of Denver 126-76 in the morning session of Saturday's annual Dual-A-Pool-Ooza, Rice bounced back to defeat meet host Tulane 133-66.
Schillinger swept all three individual breaststroke events as well as swim the breaststroke leg on Rice's winning 100-yard medley relay. With wins at a premium against a talented Denver side, Schillinger won the 100-breaststroke with a near season-best 1:03.13. The Orinda, Calif., native then notched a new season-best in the 200 (2:17.41) to lead a 1-2-3 Rice finish with Cailey Renken (2:18.81) and Nicole Limberg (2:20.41) in the second session against Tulane. Schillinger then closed out the sweep with a steady 29.31 to win the rarely-swam 50-yard event, also another 1-2 Owl finish with Limberg (30.22).
"MC dominated the breaststroke events," said Rice head coach Seth Huston, now in his 16th year at the helm of the Rice swim team. "Her morning win in the 100 was part of strong finish vs. Denver, winning three of the meet's final five events, even though we couldn't pull off the upset overall."
The senior duo of Alicia Caldwell and Lauren Rhodes both won individual events Saturday and swam on three winning Rice relays. True freshman Lindsay Mathys showed she is a Rice rookie to keep an eye-on, winning the 200-freestyle against the Green Wave with a 1:51.92, and swimming the second leg of both Rice's winning 200- and 400-freestyle relays (1:35.64 and 3:27.56, respectively). Other Owl winners included senior Jaecey Parham in the 100-IM (57.55), freshman Brittany Bui in the 200-butterfly (2:02.58) and freshman Ellery Parish in the 1,000-freestyle (10:08.82).
"We had a great afternoon meet against Tulane," coach Huston said. "The team stepped-up and finished out the weekend with a solid victory. I was pleased with the confidence and great competitive spirit the team had this weekend."