Head Coach<br><b>Seth Huston</b>

Women's Swimming & Diving

Swimmers Compete At C-USA Cahmpionships This Week At UH

Feb. 22, 2010

HOUSTON - With a full year of hard work and some anxious seniors leading the way, Rice competes for the Conference USA title in women's swimming at the 2010 C-USA Championships across town at the University of Houston Recreation Center Natatorium this Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 24-27. The 21-event meet begins at 6 pm Wednesday with the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay.

The championship kicks into high gear on Thursday morning. Preliminaries for the swimming events begin at 10 am Thursday through Saturday. The finals for each day's swimming and diving events are at 6 pm. C-USA students with ID may get into the meet free of charge. Admission prices for the event are: $5 for single-session tickets for youths (or a youth's full-session pass for $10); and $10 for adults per session (a full-session pass for adults is $25). Tickets are available at the UH natatorium an hour before the start of that day's session.

The Owls had another outstanding year under head coach Seth Huston, now in his eighth year at the helm of the Rice program. Coach Huston is looking forward to the challenging task ahead, including the Owls' talented veterans and surprising freshmen.

"I have been pleased overall with our final preparations for CUSA Championships," Huston said. "Our biggest hurdle is getting through mid terms before and during the meet.

"Pam Zelnick, Shelby Bottoms and Angela Wo have really carried the team this year," Huston said. "I am sure they will be ready to go and have a great meet. We have the potential to score with a lot of depth at the meet and some of the leaders of that group should be Erin Mattson, Stephanie Wei, Kait Chura, Alex O'Brien, Karen Gerken, Alison Godbe, Ashten Ackerman among others.

"CUSA Championships is a seven session event," he added. "Our ability as a team to come in mentally focused to compete in each session will dictate our final team finish. That aspect as much as any other changes the team standings. I really want each individual to focus on being their best this season. Our team really has had a great season of training. Confidence and process focus are keys to each individual performing at the level they are capable.

"We want to have a total team meet; spirit, cohesiveness, competitiveness, and speed. If we meet those standards we will have a meet to be proud of."

2010 C-USA Swimming & Diving Championship Schedule
WED., FEBRUARY 24
Diving Preliminaries - 3 pm
1-Meter Diving (Men)

Finals - 6 pm
200-Yard Medley Relay
1-Meter Diving (Men)
800-Yard Freestyle Relay

THUR., FEBRUARY 25
Preliminaries - 10 am
500-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Individual Medley
50-Yard Freestyle
Diving Preliminaries - 1 pm
3-Meter (women)

Finals - 6 pm
500-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Individual Medley
50-Yard Freestyle
3-Meter Diving (Women)
400-Yard Medley Relay

FRI., FEBRUARY 26
Preliminaries - 10 am
400-Yard Individual Medley
100-Yard Butterfly
200-Yard Freestyle
100-Yard Breaststroke
100-Yard Backstroke
Diving Preliminaries - 1 pm
3-Meter (Men)
1-Meter (Women)

Finals - 6 pm
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
1-Meter Diving (Women)
400-Yard Individual Medley
100-Yard Butterfly
3-Meter Diving (Men)
200-Yard Freestyle
100-Yard Breaststroke
100-Yard Backstroke

SAT., FEBRUARY 27
Preliminaries - 10 am
200-Yard Backstroke
100-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Breaststroke
200-Yard Butterfly
1,650-Yard Freestyle Preliminaries & Finals
Diving Preliminaries - 1 pm
Platform (Men & Women)

Finals - 6 pm
Platform Diving (Women)
200-Yard Backstroke
100-Yard Freestyle
200-Yard Breaststroke
200-Yard Butterfly
Platform Diving (Men)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay

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