Dec. 18, 2012
IRVING - With three individual wins and the league's top time in the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Casey Clark has been named Conference USA Swimmer of the Week the league office announced Tuesday from its headquarters in Irving, Tex.
Over the weekend at the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio Clark won three individual events and was second in another at the three-day, five-team, swim meet. She took first in the 100-yard butterfly Sunday with time of 53.45. It was earlier in the day when Clark broke her own Rice record in the event in the morning prelims with a time of 53.31.
The Owl standout then won the 100-freestyle on Monday with a time of 49.99 that provisionally qualified her for the 2013 NCAA Championships. Not only is the mark the second-fastest in school history, it is the best by an Owl in the last 10 years. Two events later, the native of Spring, Tex., returned to win the 200-butterfly with a time of 1:59.61. Though the 200-butterfly victory was just two one-hundredths of a second from the NCAA provisional standard, she became only the second Owl in school history to go under two-minutes in the event. Clark also was second in the 100-backstroke with a time of 55.31 that is the second-fastest ever recorded at Rice.
Clark was also a member of all five of the Owls' relays, two of which won and the other three finished second. She swam the lead leg on both the winning 400-freestyle and 800-freestyle relays. The 400 set a new school record 3:21.16 and the 800 was the third-fastest in school history (7:18.99). She swam the butterfly on both medley relays that both finished second. Clark also had the lead on the 200-free relay that finished second.
The C-USA weekly honor is the first of her career. Two other Owls have been named the C-USA Swimmer of the Week a total of three times this season, including Erin Flanigan (Oct. 16 & Dec. 4) and Madison Livingston (Oct. 30).