Rice, Western Kentucky Lead Team Race At Conference USA Champs

ATLANTA, Georgia, February 27. THE Rice University Owls won both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay last night en route to a 16-point lead in the women’s team standings at the Conference USA Championships in Atlanta. Western Kentucky picked up wins in the men’s 200 medley relay and 1-meter diving to lead the men’s team standings with 86 points.

Conference USA Press Release

The 2014 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championship kicked off Wednesday night at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center. Defending C-USA Champion Rice holds the lead with 96 points after sweeping the first night of events. East Carolina and Western Kentucky are tied for second with 80 points apiece.

Rice’s pursuit of a title repeat opened with a win in the first meet’s event, the 200-yard medley relay. The Owls, represented by sophomore Shelly Patton, junior Rachel Moody, junior Casey Clark and sophomore Cora McKenzie, clocked in with a time of 1:39.33, narrowly edging East Carolina (1:39.61). Newcomer Western Kentucky came in third (1:41.07).

The Rice relay team of Clark, sophomore Taylor Armstrong, junior Erin Flanigan and senior Karina Wlostowska completed the Owls’ relay sweep, earning top honors in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The squad swam the event in an NCAA B provisional time of 7:12.29. FIU (7:13.43) and Western Kentucky placed second and third, respectively.

Western Kentucky leads the way on the men’s side with 86 points. The Hilltoppers earned the first victory of the Men’s Invitational, winning the 200-yard medley relay. Junior Seth Musser, junior Fabian Schwingenschloegl, senior Heitor Rodrigues and sophomore Aymeric Le Corno combined for an NCAA B standard time of 1:27.20.

WKU also earned huge points from sophomore Giorgi Meyer with his one-meter diving title. Meyer scored 307.50 points, posting more than 10 points higher than his nearest competitor.

East Carolina won the 800-yard freestyle as sophomore Michael Dugan, junior Nikola Simic, freshman Fran Krznaric and sophomore Julien Dodu touched the wall in 6:32.10.

Competition resumes tomorrow, with finals beginning at 6 p.m. ET. A complete list of events as well as additional championship information can be found here.

Fans can follow C-USA online on Twitter (@Conference_USA) with the hashtag #CUSASWIM and on Facebook (facebook.com/ConferenceUSA).

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Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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