Nov. 20, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb -- The Rice foursome of Pam Zelnick, Skylar Craig, Shelby Bottoms and Carlyann Miller won the 400-yard freestyle relay to vault the Owls' swim team into the early lead in the team standings after the first day of competition at the annual Cornhusker Invitational Thursday evening (Nov. 20) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rice leads the nine-team swim meet with 135 points while North Texas is in second with 130. Iowa State is third (101 points) and meet host Nebraska is in fourth (95).
The 400-free relay and the mile were the only two events held on Thursday. The meet continues at Nebraska's Devaney Natatorium through Saturday.
The Owls posted their best time of the season (3:29.78) to win the relay over a sizeable field of 34 other teams. Rice's depth in the mile, with six swimmers among the top 20 spots, is where the team piled up the rest of its points on day one.
True freshman Nicole Delaloye finished fourth among the 38 entrants in her first time to race in the mile this year. Senior Caitlin Warner was sixth overall with a season-best time of 17:20.33. Alex O'Brien finished 11th (17:33.00) and Karen Gerken was 12th (17:34.77). Sarah Korellis was 17th (17:49.93) and Louise Gliga 20th (17:57.98).
The Cornhusker Invitational resumes on Friday with five more events. Action begins with prelims at 10 am and finals slated for 5 pm. The full team scores after day one are as follows.
Meet Scores Day 1
1. Rice Owls 135
2. North Texas 130
3. Iowa State 101
t 4. Nebraska 95
t 4. Colorado State 95
6. Northern Iowa 45
7. South Dakota St. 36
8. Nebraska-Omaha 27
9. Northern Colorado 26
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