Houston beats Tulane in Last Meet Before Conference

HOUSTON- Houston Swimming & Diving defeated Tulane at the CRWC Natatorium on Friday, beating the Green Wave 179.00 to 121.00.

In the pool, Houston competed in 16 events as the dive team competed in the 3-meter and 1-meter boards.

“We are very happy with our performance against Tulane,” said Head Coach Jamison van. “We had a lot of season best and some life best times.”

The day started with an impressive swimming performance in Houston in the 200 medley relay. Katie Power’s team, Henrietta Fanglic, Adelaide Meuter, and Emma Wright finished the race with a time of 1:43.65. The next Cougar relay team was not far behind with a time of 1:45.03.

Power also came out on top in her first individual race of the day, finishing first with a time of 1:50.95 in the 200 Freestyle.

Houston’s Julia Koluch saw her name on the leaderboard with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.88. The next heat of the 100 backstroke was led by a Cougar as Fangli finished the race with a time of 1:03.38.

Other Houston swimmers who topped the leaderboard with their performances included Rachel Hicks in the 50 Freestyle (24:00), Maria Catharina Jurica in the 100 freestyle (51.91), and Marina Ortega in the 100 butterfly (55.94). The team of Jurica, Hicks, Wright and Power took first place in the 400 Freestyle Relay to finish the day with a time of 3:25:29.

On the diving front, Houston saw great success in both rounds of competition. Starting the day with the 3 Meter discount, Chase Farris showed her impressive skills. She finished her dive round in first place with a final score of 357.38. Close behind in the third, Emilia Waters finished with 301.73.

After the 3-meter dive, the student-athletes moved on to the 1-meter to round out the day. Waters finished first in this competition round, completing her dives with a strong final score of 292.43. There were two more Cougars behind Waters with Jolie Blodgett in second score 277.43 and Hedda Grelz third with 275.33.

“Now the focus is shifting to our conference meeting in a few weeks, where we are working on small details and race preparation,” said Jamison. “This is a great time for the athletes to showcase their hard work throughout the season. We look forward to a very exciting championship conference.”

The Cougars completed their final home game before heading out to compete for another consecutive American Athletic Conference championship title in Dallas.

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