IRVING, Texas -- Alicia Caldwell has been named the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday (Dec. 20).
Caldwell won three individual events, had one second place finish, and swam on three winning relays to pace the Owl swimmers to the meet title at the Spartan Invitational over the weekend in Clearwater, Fla. She won the 100-backstroke with a season-best provisional cut (54.44), as well as the 200-freestyle over a field of 52 competitors with a career-best time of 1:47.71 that is also a NCAA Provisional cut and the third-fastest in school history. The native of Sydney, Australia, won the 500-freestyle with a new personal best of 4:44.60 that is the third-fastest mark in school history. The senior was second among a starting field of 28 entries in the 1,000-free with a season-best time of 10:00.46. She won the consolation final of the 200-backstoke with time of 1:59.36 that is among the best in C-USA this season.
As a key contributor on Rice relays, Caldwell swam the anchor leg of both the winning 400-medley (3:41.95) and 800-free (7:21.13). She swam the lead leg of the 400-freestyle relay (where her first 100-split was 50.00). She was the lead/backstroke leg of the 200-medley that placed second with a 1:42.18.
This marks Caldwell's second Swimmer of the Week award this season and the fifth time to earn the honor in her career. Earlier this year Rice's Lauren Rhodes (Oct. 11), Kaitlyn Swinney (Nov. 11) and Marie-Claire Schillinger (Nov. 22) all won the same league honor on the respective dates.