IRVING, Texas – Marie-Claire Schillinger has been named the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday (Nov. 22).
Schillinger won a pair of individual events and posted the best two times in Conference USA this season in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke while competing in the 10-team Phill Hansel Invitational meet last weekend (held Nov. 16-Nov. 18). Schillinger won the 100-breaststroke over a starting field of 39 entries after posting a prelim time of 1:00.06 that is a new Rice record, a NCAA Provisional mark, and the No. 12 ranked time in the nation so far this season. The junior from Orinda, Calif., won the 200-breatstsroke over 38 entries with a new Rice record and NCAA Provisional mark of 2:10.84, the No. 25 ranked time in the country. She also swam the breaststroke leg of both of Rice’s medley relays, including the 400-MR that finished first at the meet with a C-USA leading time of 3:39.84. Schillinger also showed her versatility competing in the freestyle sprints. She finished tied for tenth overall among a starting field of 92 in the 50-yard freestyle with time of 23.50. Her leadoff split of a 400-freestyle relay was a steady 51.90.
This marks Schillinger's first C-USA Swimmer of the Week award for this season and the fourth of her career. Earlier this year Rice’s Lauren Rhodes (Oct. 11), Alicia Caldwell (Oct. 25) and Kaitlyn Swinney (Nov. 11) all won the same league honor on the respective dates.