SAN ANTONIO – It was more of the same success as the Rice swimmers won all seven events on Sunday’s second round of the annual Incarnate Word Invitational Saturday in San Antonio.
After winning five swimming events on Saturday and stretching the streak to 12-straight wins through Sunday, Rice holds first place in the team standings of the three-day meet with 932 points. Invitational host Incarnate Word is second with 645 points. Longtime rival TCU is third (546 points) and Conference USA foe North Texas is fourth (281).
Rice junior Alicia Caldwell was fast and furious winning two individual events and swimming the lead leg on a winning Owl relay. Caldwell opened Sunday’s evening session of finals with steady 25.76 on her backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay that Rice went on to finish 1-2 with a time of 1:41.90. The Sydney, Australia, native then led a 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rice finish in the 200-freestyle with a winning time of 1:48.00 that is the fourth-fastest mark in school history. She returned two events later to win the 100-backstroke with a season-best time of 53.66, while fellow Australia native Julie Litver was second with a 56.97.
Caldwell wasn’t the only one posting some of the fastest times in school history. Sophomore Marie-Claire Schillinger led a 1-2 Rice finish in the 100-breaststroke with a 1:00.94 that is the second-best mark by an Owl. Shelbi Ragsdale was second in the race with a 1:04.05, and had earlier won the 100-butterfly with a season-best 55.27.
On the way to a 1-2-3-4 Rice finish in the 400-individual medley, freshman Rylee Linhardt and junior teammate Jaecey Parham went back-and-forth on the final freestyle leg. In a photo-finish Linhardt won the event by just one one-hundredth of a second 4:17.29 to 4:17.30, but both times are the third and fourth-fastest ever recorded by Rice swimmers, respectively.
The meet concludes with five events Monday, and features preliminary races in the morning and finals in the evening.