Oct. 15, 2010
Meet Results pdf
HOUSTON -- Sophomore Kylee Talwar and freshmen Quincy Christian and Chelsea Fong all won individual events and swam on a winning Owl relay in a meet against crosstown foe the Houston Friday afternoon at Rice's Gibbs Recreation & Wellness Center competition pool.
The trio helped the Owls win a total of eight of the meet's 11 events for a strong individual and team showing in an unscored competition for the fall semester. Talwar, who was sidelined most of last season with an injury, blazed to a career best 2:22.18 to lead a 1-2-3 Rice finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with Alex O'Brien (2:23.97) and Ashten Ackerman (2:24.87). Talwar also teamed with Stephanie Wei, Shelby Bottoms and Michelle Gean to win the 400-medley relay and set a new facility record in the process (3:55.04).
There were a host of facility records that fell Friday. Fong set a new pool record in winning the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:52.11. Owl senior Kait Chura did the same with a new facility mark to win the 200-backstroke (2:03.46). Quincy Christian just missed a new pool record in the 400-individual medley by two-tenths of a second at 4:28.74, but she edged all-conference honoree Shelby Bottoms (4:28.77) in a great race for a 1-2 Rice finish. Bottoms also took second in the 200-butterfly with a solid 2:05.51 that was 17-one-hundrenths of a second from the winning mark.
"We definitely swam a lot better today than last week," said Rice head coach Seth Huston, now in his ninth season at the helm of the program. "I thought Kylee and Kait both really stood out. Kylee is already beating times that she had at the end of last year.
Shelby was very good in that 200-fly, which she doesn't swim that often, and she and Quincy had great 400-IM. Chelsea was sick last week and she wasn't able to show what she can do. Today it was fun to watch her 200-free and her 100 from going second on that (400-free) relay was close to 51.4. We need that this time of year."
Fong teamed with fellow freshmen Michelle Gean and Lilly Marrow to win the 3x100-yard individual medley relay (3:03.52). The other Rice relay win was Wei, Alison Godbe and Christian taking the 3x50-yard backstroke relay (1:22.91).
"I was pleased across the board," Huston added. "Our bump in times shows that we were racing well. I think could be a function of having the meet at home. That's nice, but the true test will be what do we do when we're on the road again. It will be a tough week (of training) next week. We're going to get after it next week to get ready for a big meet at SMU (Oct. 29-30)."
The meet's complete results can be viewed at the above pdf.