Oct. 20, 2010
IRVING, Tex. -- Rice junior Shelby Bottoms was named the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week, while East Carolina's Meghan Coyne was named the C-USA Diver of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday (Oct. 20) from its headquarters in Irving, Tex. The duo are the conference's first weekly honorees for the new 2010-2011 swimming & diving season.
Bottoms swam a 2:07.30 in the 200-yard IM and a 57.09 in the 100-yard butterfly for the top marks in the conference so far this season. Competing against defending Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State, Bottoms also posted two of the second-fastest times in C-USA in the 400-IM (4:28.77), and 100-freestyle (52.65). She also had steady individual efforts for the third-fastest marks in the league in the 200-free (1:54.08) and 200-butterfly (2:05.51), and helped the Owls by competing on three relays.
The local standout from nearby Lamar High School swam the second leg of Rice's 800-free relay and the third leg of the 400-medley relay that are both the top relay marks in the conference this season. Bottoms was part of Rice's 400-medley relay set a new facility record in a non-scoring meet with Houston (Oct. 15) at the Owls' home pool at the Gibbs Recreation & Wellness Center. She swam the lead leg of the Owls' 400-free relay. This marks Bottoms' fourth career Swimmer of the Week accolade.
Coyne won both the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions in a dual meet against Davidson (Oct. 15), helping the Pirates sweep the Wildcats in their home opener at the Minges Aquatic Center. She also set a venue record on the one-meter board with a score of 319.85 and tallied a first-place score of 312.30 on the three-meter springboard. In the Pirates' season opener at North Carolina, Coyne already qualified for the NCAA Zone Regional. This is her seventh career Diver of the Week accolade.
The Rice swim team next competes against an elite six team field in the annual SMU Classic in Dallas on Oct. 29-30. The Owl swimmers then home to host Atlantic Coast Conference power Miami-Fla. in a dual meet on Nov. 5.