IRVING, Texas – Rice’s Kaitlyn Swinney has been named the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday (Nov. 1).
Swinney won a pair of individual events and posted the best time in Conference USA as the Owls defeated defending league champion Florida International in a dual meet Friday (Oct. 27) at the neutral setting of New Orleans, La. The senior from Fort Bend, Texas, first won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.96 that is the C-USA best mark in the event so far this season (and was also the best time of the day at Tulane’s four-team multi-meet that included the University of Denver and the host Green Wave). She then led a 1-2 Rice finish in the 200-individual medley with a time of 2:04.25 that was just-off her own C-USA leading season-best time ((2:04.12)). The individual wins helped Rice defeat FIU 136.5-to-84.5 Friday, but the Owls weren’t finished. On Saturday the Blue & Gray had a W-L split in the remaining meets respectively with Tulane and Denver. Her 56.48 in the 100-backstroke was the fourth-best time of the meet, and her 4:25.16 in the 400-IM was fifth overall.