Rice vs. Incarnate Word

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, February 7. JUNIOR Megan Land won a pair of individual events to lead the Rice University swim team to an easy 189-104 dual meet victory over the University of the Incarnate Word Saturday afternoon in San Antonio.

Rice won 11 of the meet's 14 swim events at the Barshop Natatorium on the UIW campus, including two by Megan Land. The Owls' sprinter from Cumming, Ga., swam a career-best 1:00.46 to lead a 1-2 Rice finish with junior Justine Lin in the 100-yard backstroke. Land later led an Owl sweep of the 100-butterfly with a season-best time of 59.19 as Rice claimed each of the event's top four spots.

Senior Diane Gu also provided a scoring punch as the Blue & Gray won its seventh dual meet of the year. Gu led a 1-2-3 Rice finish in the 50-freestyle and the Orlando, Fla., native swam the anchor leg on two winning relay races.

Junior Anglea Wo swam a season-best 2:10.59 to win the 200-individual medley as the Owls claimed each of the top three spots. Rice also had a 1-2-3 finish from Alexandra Ernst, Caitlin Warner and Kait Chura, respectively, in the 200-butterfly.

Freshman Shelby Bottoms won the 500-freestyle (5:06.57) in her first time to race in the event at the collegiate level. Sophomore Ashten Ackerman was second in the same event (5:11.03) in her debut at the distance.

The veteran tandem of Justine Lin (2:07.74) and senior Jennifer Hill (2:09.15) went 1-2 in the 200-backstroke with a pair of season-best marks. Erin Mattson and Nicole Delaloye claimed the top two spots, respectively, in the 200-freestyle. Freshman Alex O'Brien won the 200-breaststroke to round-out the busy day of Owl victories. A complete list of the meet results is available on RiceOwls.com.

The Rice swim team is next in action at the annual Conference USA Championships on Feb. 25-28. The championship meet, featuring every C-USA swim team, will be held across town at the University of Houston Campus & Recreation Wellness Center Natatorium.

Special thanks to Rice for contributing this report.

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