Nov. 16, 2012
Casey Clark and Erin Flanigan notched a pair of fifth place individual finishes to lead the Owls swim team on the opening day of action at the Kansas Classic Friday evening in Topeka, Kan.
Meet host Kansas leads the six-team meet with 266 points. Nationally-ranked Notre Dame is second with 257 while Nebraska is third (192) and Iowa State fourth (135). Rice is in fifth with 123 points and Nebraska-Omaha is sixth (72).
Clark swam a season-best 2:07.44 to take fifth place among a field of 64 entries in the 200-yard individual medley. The mark is the second-fastest by a Conference USA swimmer this season. Fellow Owl Kylee Talwar was 13th in the event after posting a season-best 2:08.69 in the morning preliminaries. Madison Livingston and Michelle Gean scored for the Blue & Gray in the event with times of 2:10.34 and 2:12.51, respectively.
Flanigan finished fifth in the 500-freestyle with a time of 4:58.12. Livingston also made the championship finals in her first time to race at the rugged distance so far this season. The sophomore from California improved on her time from the morning prelims to finish eighth among a field of 36 entrants with a finals time of 5:01.96.
Freshman Cora McKenzie was the Owls' top finisher in the 50-freestyle. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native swam a season-best 24.41 in the morning prelims before finishing 14th out of 64 entrants. Sophomore Marissa Konicke and junior Karina Wlostowska went 1-2 in the finals of their consolation race with times of 24.60 and 24.61, respectively.
The Owl foursome of McKenzie, Clark, Konicke and Wlostowska were sixth in the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.89. The Rice team of freshman Taylor Armstrong, junior Lilly Marrow, Clark, and McKenzie were seventh in the 400-medley relay with a 3:55.38.
The six-team meet continues with preliminary rounds and championship finals of seven more events on Saturday. Action concludes with the same prelim and finals format on Sunday.