Oct. 14, 2016
Results Dual Meet Results pdf
HOUSTON -- Junior Jaecey Parham won a pair of individual events and swam the anchor leg on a winning Rice relay, but the University of Denver recorded a 123.5 -- 97.5 dual meet win over the Owls' swim team Friday evening in Houston.
Defending Summit League champion Denver was particularly strong winning seven of the meet's 11 swim events, and breaking two Competition Pool records in the process, but the Owls also posted steady races all the way through. After winning the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 56.06, Parham then swam a 2:04.87 to lead a 1-2 Rice finish in the 200-individual medley with Kaitlyn Swinney (2:05.26). Parham then swam the anchor leg of the Owls' winning 100-freestyle relay, holding-off a Pioneer charge at the end by .07 seconds.
Rice and Denver also shared first place in one event. Owl senior Shelbi Ragsdale was a late entry in the 50-yard freestyle, but blazed to a career-best 23.97 to share first place with Denver's Morgan Wice-Roslin. By sharing a win in the 50-free and winning the 4x25 relay the Blue & Gray are making a statement that the team's sprinters are making strides.
At the end of the meet sixteen of the Denver's 26-point margin was scored from diving events which the Owls do not compete. Rice head coach Seth Huston talks about Rice's performance Friday in a video at the above link.
The Owl swimmers have another full day of action ahead on Saturday. Rice competes against defending C-USA champion FIU at 10 am, followed by a third dual meet of the weekend against longtime rival Tulane at 3 pm.