HOUSTON, TX TRUE freshman Brittany Massengale set a new school record in the 1,000-freestyle to highlight three individual Rice wins and a sweep of both relays as the Owls claimed the team title of their annual home fall meet on Saturday afternoon, The Hilton Plaza/TYR Rice Invitational.
Rice reported their squad posted a team score of 547 points to win the four-team, two day meet. Western Athletic Conference rival Nevada finished second (522 points) in the final standings followed by TCU (460) and Colorado State (424).
After the Owls opened the competition with a win in the 200-yard medley relay behind a season-best time of 1:47.44, Massengale won the 1,000-yard freestyle over a field of 12 competitors with a new school record time of 9:59.04.
The standout from Alma, Ark., broke the four-year old Rice record of Kaite Scholl (10:01.66) with a steady second half of the race (5:00.88) that was almost as fast has her first 500 (4:58.12). The 1,000 is not an event at the NCAA championships, but Massengale already provisionally qualified for the NCAAs in the 500-free last week at SMU in the second meet of her college career.
Another Rice true freshman, Carey Hain followed suit and made it three wins in a row by taking the next event, the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.92). Senior teammate Urska Ros finished second to give the Blue and Gray a 1-2 finish and Ros came back two events later to win the 200-butterfly (2:06.02).
Junior sprinter Laura Healy placed second in the 50-yard freestyle and then swam a spirited anchor leg to give the Owls a hard-fought win over TCU in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a season-best time of 3:30.37. A full set of results from both days of the meet can be viewed on the web site.
The home meet was the third-consecutive weekend of competition for the Rice swim team. The Owls will next be in action across town at the University of Houston Invitational on Nov. 19-21.