Oct. 3, 2012
HOUSTON - The Owls swim team hosts Big 12 power Kansas in a noon dual meet at the Rice Aquatics Center on Saturday (Oct. 6) to open the new 2012-2013 season.Rice returns a total of 19 letterwinners from last season's team that won five in dual meets and finished second at the Conference USA Championships in February. The Owls added seven new freshman to the roster and began training at the start of the school year. So far Rice head coach Seth Huston, now in his 11th season at the helm of the program, has liked the progress the team has made. "The team has been training very well since we started back," coach Huston said. "Each week our training intensity has elevated, and the team appears to be responding well to the increased demands. I have been pleased with Lilly Marrow, Karina Wlostowska and Quincy Christian. They have been very consistent, and have been working very hard this fall. Freshmen tend to struggle with consistency a little, but I have seen great improvement in their strength. (The freshmen) have been able step up with some quality training sets."
The trio of Marrow, Wlostowska and Christian are all juniors this season. A year ago Christian won her second-straight Conference USA individual championship with a 4:18.67 that was just off her own school record in the event. Wlostowska is an international standout from Poland who scored for Rice in two events at the C-USA meet. Marrow likewise came up big with 47 of the Owls' points at conference, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:03.09 that is the third-fastest time in school history.
Coach Huston said that any team looking forward to its season-opener is common-enough. He also stated that competing against a talented team from a power conference, and to so at home, has not been lost on him nor the Owls squad.
"The first meet is a great opportunity to shake off the cobwebs and get back into that competitive mode," he said. "Fortunately we are starting off at home and the team likes to compete in front of their supporters.
"Kansas, a Big 12 school, has a very good swimming and diving team," coach Huston added. "They are well coached and appear to be deepest in the distance, IM and butterfly events, with very capable athletes in the back, and breaststroke and freestyle sprints."
Saturday's dual meet features 12 individual swim events and two relay races. There will be two diving events held at the Aquatics Center for the meet, but Rice will not have entries for those events. The full order of events is as follows:
Saturday (Oct. 6, 2012)
Rice vs. Kansas
C-USA Dual Swim Meet Event Schedule
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle Relay