Steady as ever, junior Marie-Claire Schillinger broke her own school record on the way to winning the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday evening at the annual Hansel Invitational across town at the University of Houston.
Just twenty-four hours earlier Schillinger similarly broke her own school record to win Friday's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.06. Saturday in the 200 she earned the top seed in morning prelims with a 2:13.39 before blazing to a new Rice record time of 2:10.84 to win the meet title over a starting field of 38 entries.
Schillinger's success shows all the signs of getting contagious as the Owl swimmers continued to register solid swims. Freshman Nicole Limberg won the 200-breaststroke's consolation final with a 2:16.38, while the Rice foursome of Kate Nezelek, Jaecey Parham, Alicia Caldwell and Lauren Rhodes closed out the meet by winning the 400-free relay with a 3:19.47 that is the second-fastest mark in school history.
As a team the Owls finished second in the 10-team meet standings with 1,344 points. Host Houston was first with 1,749.50 points and Tulane was third with 971.5.
Rice earned some big points Saturday in the mile. Freshman Ellery Parish was fourth (16:39.02), Hanna Huston was fifth (16.42.37), Sarah Nowaski was eighth (16:54.18) and Claire Therien was eleventh (17:02.35).