Texas A&M vs. Houston

HOUSTON, Texas, February 5. THE University of Houston swimming and diving lost its dual competition, 177-110, to the Texas A&M Aggies Friday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.

With the loss, Houston falls to 3-9 this season in dual competition. Despite the loss, UH was able to put together three individual event wins against the Aggies.

Continuing her dominance on the board, senior Anastasia Pozdniakova won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events. She has now won both diving competitions in all meets that she has competed in this season.

Her score of 401.63 gave her the win in the 3-meter event and her winning score in the 1-meter competition was XX. Junior Lacey Truelove followed in fourth (307.05) and freshmen Julia Lonnegren and Jessalyn Almond were fifth (288.15) and sixth (239.86), respectively in the 3-meter competition.

In the 1-meter event, Pozdniakova finished with 355.28 points. Lonnegren was third with 299.70 points, Truelove was fifth with 266.77 points and Almond was seventh with 254.78 points.

Sophomore Beccy Hillis took top honors in the 100-yard breaststroke with a finish of 1:05.23. Freshman Holli Pisarski trailed in fourth (1:08.58) and in sixth and seventh was junior Andrea Kells (1:09.25) and freshman Catherine Finley (1:14.76).

In the 200-yard butterfly, freshman Reka Kovacs led all Cougar swimmers, coming in third with a time of 2:08.48. Trailing in fifth was sophomore Natalie Newcomb with a time of 2:11.45 and in sixth was sophomore Rachel Holcomb (2:36.71). Kovacs was also second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.31 and second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:06.95.

Sophomore Kimberley Eeson was the only Cougar swimmer in the 1,000-yard freestyle, turning in a third place time of 10:32.60. Sophomore Olga Bordatcheva and freshman Moira Fraser turned in a seventh (1:56.57) and an eighth (2:00.08) place finishes, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Bordatcheva’s finish was a season-best mark.

Eeson was also second in the 100-yard freestyle with a finish of 53.98 and Kells was third (54.95).

Freshman Kimmy Ballo was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 59.97, while teammate sophomore Rachel Johnson was sixth (1:11.10). Freshman Christine Salinas turned in a fifth place finish of 25.20 in the 50-yard freestyle and in sixth was freshman Haley Weathers (27.20).

Ballo also turned in a second place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:08.97 and in third place was Johnson with a time of 2:29.87. Salinas was the top finisher for the Cougars in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.29 and Newcomb led all Cougars with a second place finish of 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.07.

In the relay events, the “A” team of Ballo, Hillis, Kells and Salinas clocked in at 1:49.93 for third place. Following in sixth with a time of 1:52.46 was the “B” team of Kovacs, Pisarski, Newcomb and Fraser and the “C” team of Johnson, Finley, Holcomb and Weathers were seventh (2:07.17).

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the “A” team of Salinas, Eeson, Ballo and Fraser were second with a time of 3:34.09.

Houston will close out the regular season against Texas on Feb. 10 for the Second Annual Sprint for the Cure Meet benefiting cancer awareness.

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