Dec. 16, 2012
SAN ANTONIO - Behind a sensational day from sophomore Casey Clark, including breaking her own school record on the way to winning the 100-yard butterfly, the Rice swim team vaulted into third place in the team standings Sunday at the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio.
Clark helped lead an Owl charge in the standings on Sunday's second day of action at the three-day, five-team meet. She won the 100-fly with time of 53.45. Earlier in the day she broke her own Rice record in the event in the morning prelims with a time of 53.31.
A standout from Spring, Tex., Clark was also second in the 100-backstroke with a 55.31 that is the second-fastest mark in school history. She swam the butterfly leg of the 200-medley relay that finished second (1:42.49) and closed-out a busy day by swimming the lead leg on the Owls' winning 800-freestyle relay. The Rice foursome of Clark, Chelsea Fong, Michelle Gean and Erin Flanigan posted the third-fastest mark in school history to win the 800-free relay with a time of 7:18.99.
As a team Rice moved up into third place in the overall standings with 1,134.5 points. North Texas leads the meet with 1,284.5 points followed by TCU with 1,231. Host Incarnate Word is fourth (621 pts.) and Missouri State is fifth (323).
Rice head coach Seth Huston, now in his 11th year at the helm of the Owl swim program, liked what he saw.
"We have really stepped up through the meet," coach Huston said. Tonight was the best night of racing we have had all year."
After a silver medal in the 500-freestyle on Saturday, Flanigan raced to her second second-place finish of the meet Sunday in the 200-free (1:49.84). Sophomore Marissa Konicke was second in the 100-fly with a solid 55.16.
The duo of Madison Livingston and Quincy Christian were second and third, respectively, in the 400-individual medley with times of 4:22.11 and 4:22.20. Senior Kylee Talwar was third overall in the 100-breaststroke with a 1:03.59 that is the fifth-best mark in school history.
Action in the Invitational concludes on Monday. The meet schedule features two sessions, divided into preliminary races in the morning followed by event finals in the evening.