Dec. 15, 2012
SAN ANTONIO - Rice junior Karina Wlostowska swam her career-best time in the 50-yard freestyle and sophomore Erin Flanigan registered a season-best in the 500 as both Owls recorded second-place individual finishes on the opening day of the Incarnate Word University Holiday Invitational meet Saturday evening in San Antonio.
As a team Rice is in fifth place in the overall standings with 417 points after the first day of the three-day, five-team meet. TCU leads the meet with 1,035 points followed by host Incarnate Word (869.5 pts.), North Texas (553.5) and Missouri State (506).
Wlostowska notched a career-best 23.33 to take second in the 50-free. Junior Chelsea Fong swam a season-best 23.70 to take fourth and true freshman Shannon Foreman was tenth with a career-best 23.91.
Flanigan coasted past her previous season-best and was close to her Rice-best for a second place finish in the 500-freestyle. The Austin, Tex., native touched-second with a time of 4:49.32. Chelsea Fong was 12th with a season-best 5:00.21.
Rice's biggest individual scoring event of the day was the 200-individual medley where five Owls placed in the top eight. Junior Quincy Christian was third with a season-best 2:04.09. Junior Michelle Gean qualified first in the morning prelims and finished fourth with a 2:04.37. Senior Kylee Talwar was sixth with a 2:05.46, followed in order by Lilly Marrow (2:06.04) and junior Madison Livingston (2:06.14).
The Owls were able to turn the fast individual performances into solid showings in both of the day's relays. The team of Taylor Armstrong
, Marrow, Casey Clark
and Wlostowska were second in the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:43.39, the third-fastest time in school history. The foursome of Clark, Fong, Marissa Konicke
and Wlostowska placed second with a season-best 1:33.16.
Action in the Invitational continues through Monday. Sunday's schedule features two sessions, divided into preliminary races in the morning followed by event finals in the evening.