After four straight days of swimming on the Conference USA Championships in Atlanta, Rice narrowly completed 2d at the back of a Florida International University team that gained its fifth instantly C-USA Championship.
However, the Owls left Atlanta with their honest share of accolades. Senior Marie-Claire Schillinger introduced to her already fantastic series of hardware in her Rice profession. Schillinger qualified for her fourth instantly NCAA Championships look using prevailing the two hundred-yard breaststrokes, wherein she finished with a finals time of two:09:67, which set a new Rice program record.
Head educate Seth Huston said he changed into happy with the group’s 2nd-vicinity end. “We stayed targeted on ourselves and nobody else and made the meet some distance more thrilling than absolutely everyone had expected,” Huston stated.
Rice finished the meet with 872. Five factors, 63 points at the back of first-area FIU. The gap among Rice and third-vicinity University of North Texas become 350.5 factors, more than the distinction between UNT and remaining-location Old Dominion University.
The Owls started day one of the C-USA Championships with a 2nd place finish within the two-hundred-yard medley relay with a finals time of one:38.70 behind FIU. In addition to a robust performance within the 200-yard medley relay, the Owls outperformed all of the competition inside the 800-yard freestyle relay after a very last time of 7:07 — seventy seven, which also became a Rice record.
Sophomore Ellery Parish and freshman Becca Evans highlighted the Owls’ performance on day two after completing first in their respective occasions. Parish gained the five hundred-yard freestyle with very last time of 4: forty four.09. In the 50-backyard freestyle, Evans tied for first with a swimmer from the University of North Texas after both completed with equal time of 23.08.
The Owls also dazzled within the two hundred-backyard freestyle relay. Rice’s crew turned into anchored by Schillinger, who helped the relay group to a first region ended with a very last group time of 1:31.10.
While the Owls published dazzling instances in the day to pull themselves inside placing distance of the first area, day 3 proved to be even higher.
Parish finished first inside the 200-backyard freestyle while other swimmers tied for 2d within the event. Schillinger additionally had a first place end as she finished with a final time of 59.Sixty-eight in the 100-backyard breaststroke. Even though Rice outpaced FIU in first area finishes, the Owls remained in second vicinity after day three.
While Rice became not able to drag ahead of FIU at the fourth and final day, the Owls set a couple of records on day 4. Schillinger’s aforementioned first region victory. As Schillinger heads off for her final collegiate swimming tournament, Huston stated even though she has done a good deal, she still has room to grow.
“Marie-Claire is simply beginning to discover how excellent she will truly be,” Huston said.
Parish additionally added her call to the Rice swimming file books as she swam an Owls file time of one:56.Seventy-five within the 200-yard backstroke. The Owls had 3 of the top 4 finishers in the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Lindsay Mathys led the way for the Owls, along with her first-place displaying in a time of 1: fifty-eight. Fifty-nine. Mathys’ mark becomes the second one-best two hundred fly time in Rice swimming’s history.
Huston also walked away with a training accolade, prevailing his 5th C-USA Coach of the Year award. According to Huston, the crew deserved credit for the award, no longer him.
“While we did no longer win the meet, the [coaching] award become a piece of reputation to how nicely the team competed this weekend,” Huston said.
The Owls will now go back to Rice’s opposition pool to put together for the CSCAA National Invitational, which begins March 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.