Nov. 3, 2012
DALLAS - Rice sophomore standouts Casey Clark and Erin Flanigan both won individual events, but the SMU swim team claimed a 156-106 Conference USA dual meet win over the visiting Owls Saturday afternoon at the Perkins Natatorium in Dallas.
Flanigan coasted to a victory in the rugged 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:08.56 that is the fastest mark by a C-USA swimmer this season. The Austin, Tex., native is undefeated in the 1,000 in each of the Owls' three dual meets so far on the young season. Less than 24 hours before winning the event at SMU, Flanigan also won the 1,000-free in a Friday night dual meet at North Texas with a time of 10:09.75. Against the Mustangs she also a pair of season-bests for second place finishes in the 200-butterfly (2:03.63) and 500-free (4:57.09).
For second meet in as many days Clark led a 1-2 Rice finish in the 100-butterfly. On Saturday, Clark and true freshman Cora McKenzie finished first and second with respective marks of 55.96 and 58.12. In the North Texas meet Clark and junior Chelsea Fong posted a 1-2 Owl finish in the same event. Against SMU Clark also notched a second place finish in the 100-free with a season-best 51.52.
Fong registered two new Rice team-bests for two second place finishes Saturday, including a 23.95 in the 50-free and a 2:05.05 in the 200-backstroke. Owl freshman Taylor Armstrong swam a Rice team-best 58.01 for second place in the 100-backstroke. Sophomore Madison Livingston swam a 4:28.32 for second in the 400-individual medley that was three-tenths of a second behind first place. Junior Lilly Marrow touched second in the 100-breaststroke with a 1:05.81.
The Owl foursome of Armstrong, Marrow, Clark and Fong teamed to take second in the 400-medley relay with a season-best mark of 3:52.13. Rice's sprint relay went 1:36.11.
The Rice swim team is now 1-2 on the season in dual meets. The Owls will next be in action at the Kansas Jayhawk Classic in Topeka, Kan., on Nov. 16-18. The three-day meet multi-team features 22 events in a prelims/championship format.