March 29, 2017
IRVING, Texas – Rice's Lauren Rhodes has been named the 2017 Conference USA Swimming Newcomer of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday from its headquarters in Irving, Texas.
Rhodes, a first year junior transfer from NC State, posted a sensational season as a sprinter for the Rice Swim team under Owl head coach Seth Huston. The native of Charlotte, NC, reached the championship finals of three individual events at the recent C-USA Championships - finishing fifth in the 100-freestyle (50.34), sixth in the 50-free (22.81) and eighth in the 200-free (1:50.28). She also swam on four of Rice's five relays, including the anchor leg of the Owls' 400-medley that set the new school record (3:38.48). Rhodes scored a total of 70.5 points at the conference meet to help Rice finish second in the league. Her time of 22.81 in the 50-freestyle is the fourth-fastest mark in Rice history.