Houston Rallies to Top Arkansas for First Time Since 2005-06

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The University of Houston Swimming & Diving team battled back from an early deficit to defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks in a 163.5-136.5 on Friday afternoon at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

The victory marks the fourth win over the Razorbacks in program history and the first win over Arkansas since the 2005-06 season.

The Cougars opened the meet by earning a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Laura Laderoute, Peyton Kondis, Katie Higgins and Mykenzie Leehy combined for a time of 1:42.57 in the event, racking up four points for Houston.

Brown had a stellar day in the pool with a pair of first-place finishes. The senior clocked a time of 1:49.16 for a top-finish in the 200 Free. Her second first-place finish of the day would come in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 23.54.

The Cougars would sweep three events over the course of the meet starting with the 100 backstroke. Laderoute (55.13), Ioanna Sacha (55.68), Kaley Hoffman (57.50) took the top-three spots in the event.

The second Houston podium sweep of the day came in the 200 backstroke as Sacha (1:59.38), Laderoute (2:01.73), and Monique Rae (2:03.60) secured the top-three places in the event.

Houston swept the final individual event of the day, taking the top-3 spots in the 200 individual medley. Laderoute led the charge with a field-leading 2:03.86, followed by Sacha (2:05.94) and Kondis (2:07.30).

Kondis earned a pair of top-two finishes, including a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke at 1:02.88. Angeliki Mavrantza earned a second-place finish at 1:03.74.

Isabel Tank would lead the charge for UH in the 200 butterfly with a first-place finish in the event at 2:05.10. Chrysten Pacheco earned a second-place finish with a time of 2:05.88.

On the boards, Katie Deininger secured a first-place finish in the 3-meter with 290.70 points. Chase Farris finished in third-place with 269.93 points.

In the 1-meter, Lauren Burrell posted a second-place finish with 262.43 points, followed by Deininger in third-place with 239.63 points.

“We were gritty today,” head coach Ryan Wochomurka said. “We were tough and we were fighters. Culturally this team has fighters. We’re tough and that’s what we train for. We train to be tough, we train to fight hard, and we train to win close races. That’s something that is important to me as a head coach, that we establish a culture of toughness. We did that today. I am proud of this group. I am proud of how we raced, and I am excited to see what we can do next week and then four weeks from now in this pool.”

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