Nov. 18, 2012
Topeka, Kan. - Rice sophomore Erin Flanigan swam the fastest mile in Conference USA so far this season (16:54.97) and senior Stephanie Wei was fifth in the 200-yard backstroke to lead the Owls swim team on the final day of competition at the Kansas Classic Sunday in Topeka, Kan.
As a team the Owls finished in fifth place of six teams at the three-day invitational meet. Flanigan was in high-gear for her mile race Sunday. The Austin, Tex., native posted a season-best mark of 16:54.97 to take second place among the field of 20 entries. The mark is almost a full 20 seconds faster than her previous C-USA leading time (17:14.64) set last month at the Rice Aquatics Center. Owl junior Quincy Christian was 12th in the mile (17:49.09) and senior Danielle Spence was 13th (18:04.26).
Wei added to her recent success with a season-best 2:03.88 in the 200-backstroke that is already close to her best mark from a year ago. The veteran from Cupertino, Calif., notched the best time in the event of any Owl this season to take fifth place among lengthy list of 55 entries.
Sophomore Casey Clark followed sound and solid swims from the first two days of the meet with a Sunday win in the consolation finals of the 100-freestyle. Clark's time of 51.97 in the consolation race was actually tied for the sixth-fastest 100-free of any of the 57 competitors in the event. Junior Karina Wlostowska was 12th in the 100-free after a 53.14 in the morning prelims.
Nationally-ranked Notre Dame won the six-team, three-day, meet with 976.5 points. Meet host Kansas was second with 835.5 points while Nebraska was third (674) and Iowa State fourth (410). Rice finished fifth (410) and Nebraska-Omaha was sixth (170). The meet's full results are available at the above link.
The Rice swim next competes in a home dual meet against longtime rival Texas A&M on December 2 (Saturday). The meet against the No. 4 ranked Aggies is set for 12 noon at the Rice Aquatics Center Competition Pool.