Jan. 3, 2013
It's a homecoming for Rice head swim coach Seth Huston when the Owl swimmers compete at his alma mater, the University of Tampa, Saturday afternoon (Jan. 5) in Florida.
Huston was a standout college swimmer at Tampa who graduated in 1988. He served as an assistant swim coach at his alma mater early in his career.
After finishing some recent Holiday training coach Huston wanted to get the Owls back in a competitive mindset, but do so in a slightly different framework than the usual dual meet format. The Tampa meet is certainly a unique change from the routine as it is relays-only. In addition to the traditional five relays held at the NCAA Championships, Saturday's relay carnival features events like 3x100s of the different strokes, as well as a rugged 3x500 freestyle relay. There is also a 4x100 individual medley (not to be confused with the traditional 400-MR), and a crescendo freestyle relay where the different legs will be a 50, 100, 150 and 200.
"Our training over the Holidays has been great, but this weekend we just want to have a great experience as a team and get back into racing," coach Huston said. "We wanted to finish our training camp with something different than just training. This meet fits perfectly."
"A lot on the team have training at a high level," coach Huston added. "I think Shannon Foreman, Chelsea Fong and Erin Flanigan have really stood out upon their return (from the semester break). It has been great to see Rachel Moody and Danielle Spence get back in the groove after being sidelined last semester."
Joining the Rice swimmers and meet host Tampa in the seven-team field are Arkansas-Little Rock, South Dakota State, Minnesota State-Moorhead, New Paltz and Geneseo.