Dec. 6, 2013
AUSTIN -- Junior Casey Clark broke her own school record in the 200-yard freestyle while swimming the lead leg of Rice's 800-free relay Friday night at the UT Invitational in Austin.
The 800-freestyle relay may have been the only event Rice had entered by Friday's two-thirds-point of the three-day meet (which actually began on Thursday), but the Owls made up for the late-start with an extra burst of seed. Clark broke her own school record in the 4x200 relay the same way she set the mark last February while Rice was on its way to the C-USA team title. The Spring, Tex., native blazed to a 1:45.69 start as the lead-leg, re-writing her previous record (1:45.78) in the process.
Clark and her Owl teammates Shelly Patton, Karina Wlostowska and Erin Flanigan touched-home in a season-best time of 7:14.41. The Blue & Gray finished fourth among an overall field of 12 teams, tailing only nationally-ranked squads from Southern Cal (7:02.76), Texas (7:09.84) and Penn State (7:10.86).
Friday's 7:14.41 is the third-fastest mark in school history, a solid start before the meet comes to an end in a few more hours. Senior sprinter Chelsea Fong joins the Owls' five-swimmer skeleton crew for a total of six events on Saturday. The elite Invitational lineup of ranked teams features meet host Texas (No. 19), UCLA (No. 21), USC (No. 25), Penn State (No. 30), Arizona (No. 36), Wisconsin, BYU, Harvard and Incarnate Word.
Live/full results for the meet are available at the above link.