There is no need to sway a committee or some panel of voters scattered in various locations across the country. The Rice swim team earned the No. 16 national ranking from CollegeSwimming.com based on the event times it posted in the season-opening meet at home last weekend.
When comparing Rice's marks against other programs the Owls rated at No. 16 overall. Individually junior Marie-Claire Schillinger swam a 1:03.00 in the 100-breaststroke that is currently the eighth-fastest mark in the country. Her time in the 200-breaststroke (2:18.55) is ranked 25th in the country.
Other highly-ranked individual event times included Kaitlyn Swinney in the 400-individual medley (14th in the country with a 4:24.15), Lauren Rhodes in the 50-freestyle (16th with a 23.31), Alicia Caldwell in the 100-backstroke (17th, 55.40), and Hanna Huston in the 500-freestyle (19th, 4:57.26).
Two Rice relays posted sound and solid marks. The Owls' 200-freestyle relay swam a 1:33.37 to rank seventh in the country so far this season. The 400-medley relay's time of 3:47.50 in No. 9 in the nation.