Rice Downs FIU, Tulane at Dual-a-Pool-Ooza


  • Oct. 18-19, 2019
  • Miami, Florida
  • Results

Courtesy: Florida International Athletics

MIAMI, Fla. – The FIU swim and dive team closed out competition on Saturday, as the Panthers took on Rice and Denver on the final day of Dual-A-Pool-Ooza.

The Panthers had a pair of narrow defeats on Saturday, dropping hte morning session 102-100 to Rice before falling to Denver 103-102.

The day began with the 200 medley relay, as the team of Julia Miranda, Taylor Grabenhorst, Emily Cordovi and Lamija Medosevic finished two seconds shy of picking up the win in the first relay of the day with a time of 1:44.32. Stephanie Hussey won the 500 free, for the second time this weekend with a swim of 4:55.70. The Owls took second, third and fourth place in the race, with FIU’s Rachel Whitaker (5:15.66) and Berta Triola (5:22.00) finished fifth and sixth overall respectively.

The 200 fly competition came up next as FIU finished fourth-sixth overall. Kasia Kolodziej, Cordovi and Chloe Hampson all placed fourth-sixth for the Panthers. The 100 free was won by Medosevic who swam a time of 51.29 for her second victory of the meet. Helga Fodor chased down fourth with a time of 52.86. After Miranda won the 200 back with a time of 2:03.91, Grabenhorst won the 100 breast after clocking a time of 1:04.23. Delaine Goll took second (1:05.46) in the event, as the Panthers cut the Owl lead to just nine points.

The 50 fly event followed up next, with the Rice Owls answering back to take the top two spots in the event as FIU finished third, fourth and sixth in the race. In the 400 IM, Hussey won again for FIU as she clocked a time of 4:22.82 for the Panthers. Grabenhorst landed in the number three spot with a time of 4:33.60 to follow up Hussey’s top-showing in the event. Moving to the 200 free relay, Miranda, Fodor, Sanchez and Hussey notched second with a time of 1:36.10, while Kolodziej, Bryant, Temperino and Annie Barral picked up fourth with a time of 1:37.46.

The Owls did not compete in the 1-meter diving event, as FIU picked up 16 more points after divers Maha Gouda, Rachel Foord and Brittany Haskell placed first, second and third. Rice was still able to hold on however, as the Owls took the 102-100 victory.

After a three-hour break, the evening session got underway at 3:00 p.m. ET between FIU and Denver. For the first time ever, Dual-A-Pool-Ooza featured an open water event as FIU was victorious in the 1200-meter race. Hussey crossed the finish line first with a time of 15:13.50, while Whitaker finished second with her time of 15:32.10.

Back in the lanes, the team of Miranda, Grabenhorst, Kolodziej and Fodor finished runner-up in the 100 medley relay with a time of 48.55, while the team of Melannie Vargas, Goll, Cordovi and Sanchez touched third at 49.70. During the 200 breast, Grabenhorst came in second (2:19.03) and Goll came in fourth (2:22.05). Medosevic placed second in the 50 free (23.92) along with Hussey who placed second in the 200 fly (2:04.18).

The Panthers had a couple of wins come soon after, as Miranda won the 100 back with a time of 56.34 before Medosevic followed with a win in the 200 free at 1:51.64. Grabenhorst and Goll combined to gave the Panthers a seven-point push in the 50 free, as they took second and third place with times of 29.52 and 29.90, respectively.

FIU trailed by just six points before heading into the 100 IM event which resulted in win for Miranda after she swam a time of 57.85. The Panthers took second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:27.52 to cut the Denver lead to 100-86.

The divers dazzled and took the top-three spots from the 3-meter event, giving the Panthers a 15-point push. Gouda placed first (347.55), Foord was second (325.00) and Haskell ended third (271.95) to narrow the final score to a 103-102.

FIU returns home to take on Miami and Illinois on Friday Nov. 1 -2 with action scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET.

Courtesy: Rice Athletics

MIAMI, Fla. – The Rice swim team completed a three-meet weekend sweep by defeating Conference USA rival Florida International (102-100) and American Athletic foe Tulane (123-76) Saturday at the annual Dual-A-Pool-Ooza in Miami, Fla.

The Owls backed up the gritty victory over defending Summit League champion Denver on Friday with two more dual wins on a long day of competing Saturday. Even after taking the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.30) and finishing 1-2 in both the 200- and 50-butterfly thanks to the duos of Brittany Bui & Rebecca Brandt, and Madison Howe and Bui (respectively), FIU would not go away so easily in its home pool. Rice closed out the meet winning the final event, the 200-freestyle relay with a 1:34.67. The Blue & Gray had posted a steady time to win the sprint relay comfortably, but that still was not enough to secure the meet victory.

“The FIU meet came down to the last relay,” Rice head coach Seth Huston explained, “and it was actually the third place finish of our ‘B’ relay that put us over the scoring hump to win the meet. Our depth was on display today.”

Rice battled and beat the Golden Panthers, the defending C-USA Champions, in their home pool by a narrow two-point margin. The Owls then returned a few hours later and rolled to a convincing 123-76 victory over Tulane. Against the Green Wave Rice won seven of the meet’s ten swim events. Coach Huston liked the theme of team-wide contributions from up and down the roster.

“I am really proud of Becca Evans, Brittany Bui and Madison Howe with some big wins that put us in position to win all three meets this weekend,” coach Huston said. “We also had some unsung heroes today, like Ellery Parish, Becca Brandt, Addie Armistead and Claire Therien. They all had quality swims that were difference-makers today.

“This is a great day for our team,” the coach added. “We got the three-fer!”

Courtesy: Tulane Athletics

MIAMI – The Tulane University swimming and diving team concluded competition Saturday afternoon at the fifth annual Dual-A-Pool-Ooza event with a 123-76 loss to Rice. The two-day event was held on the campus of Florida International University at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

Tulane finished the afternoon session with four winning performances, including another first-place finish in diving.

“I think we had a good all-around event, but I know our team is a little tired right now, but despite being as tired as they were they still put in some really good efforts,” head coach Leah Stancil said.

Junior Kate McDonald led the way with a pair of winning performances, as she claimed the 50-yard breaststroke (30.10) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.70). With her two victories, McDonald has now nine events this year.

Freshman Lilly Byrne also collected a victory for the Green Wave as she claimed the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:50.94.

“Next week we are going to get back to working on technique,” Stancil said. “We have three weeks to prepare for the Phill Hansel Invitational in the middle of November. We have some time to fine tune a few and I’m excited for next event.”

In the diving events, Tulane earned 1-2 finishes courtesy of sophomore Anne Marie Kenny and freshman Gabby Hebert, as they finished first and second, respectively.

“Our divers definitely faced some adversity this weekend competing,” Tulane diving coach John Sirmon said. “Our team also worked in some new dives for the first time and it was fantastic to see them handle it well. We are in a great place moving into our midseason invitational and I think we can expect some great things out of our divers this season.”

Courtney Barker finished the less than half a second away from winning the 50-yard freestyle…Three Green Wave swimmer took runner-up honors…Green Wave swimmers Noa Heron, Olivia Johnson and Edie Newman team took part in an open water swim for the first time this season.

Tulane has a month-long break, as it heads to the Phill Hansel Invitational on Nov. 21-23 in Houston.

Courtesy: Denver Athletics

MIAMI – The University of Denver women’s swimming and diving team completed a perfect Saturday and capped off a 2-1 weekend in Miami with a 103-102 win over FIU on Saturday afternoon at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center.

Denver won six events overall in the session (FIU, Tulane, Rice) and six in the dual against FIU.

The Pioneers made it a perfect three-for-three on the weekend in the medley relays when sophomore Natalie Arky (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), sophomore Brandi Vu (Longmont, Colo.), senior Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) and senior Sarah Lingen (Maple Grove, Minn.) outswam the field with a 48.37 in the 100 medley relay.

Trailing by six after the 1200 open water free, Denver regained the lead with a 13-6 edge in the 200 breast. Junior Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) led the trio of Pioneer scorers in the event, taking first overall in the meet with a 2:16.49. Junior Ally Yancy (Cave Creek, Ariz.) took third to earn three points and classmate Emily Vandenberg (Ajax, Ontario) took fifth for an additional point for the Pioneers.

Denver’s lead grew to 10 after a first, third and fourth place finish in the 50 free. Valette clocked in at 23.64 to win the event, Lingen reached the wall in third with a 24.31 and junior Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario) finished fourth in 24.40.  Senior Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) earned the Pioneers another victory in the 200 fly with a 2:01.45

FIU trimmed the Denver lead down to three until Vu reached the wall in first in the 50 breast in 29.40. Freshman Sophia Bricker (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added her name to the scoring with a fourth place finish in 30.37 to help push Denver’s lead back to six points.

With the diving scores already completed, and FIU taking the lead, Denver’s 400 free relays came up with clutch swims and gave the Pioneers the one-point victory. Valette, Leckie, sophomore Livi Schmid (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Lingen clocked in at 3:26.23. Denver’s B relay of freshman Sofia Nosack (Beaverton, Ore.), Vu, Melissa Funes (Seattle, Wash.) and freshman Erika Remington (Cedarburg, Wis.) outswam FIU’s B relay by 6.5 seconds to take the deciding two points of the dual.

Saturday’s Dual Wins vs. FIU
100 Medley Relay – Natalie Arky, Brandi Vu, Josie Valette, Sarah Lingen – 48.37
200 Breast – Charlotte Simon – 2:16.49
50 Free – Josie Valette – 23.64
200 Fly – Kylie Cronin – 2:01.42
50 Breast – Brandi Vu – 29.40
400 Free Relay – Josie Valette, Aysia Leckie, Livi Schmid, Sarah Lingen – 3:26.23

Saturday Afternoon’s Event Wins (vs. Rice, Tulane and FIU)
100 Medley Relay – Natalie Arky, Brandi Vu, Josie Valette, Sarah Lingen – 48.37
200 Breast – Charlotte Simon – 2:16.49
50 Free – Josie Valette – 23.64
200 Fly – Kylie Cronin – 2:01.42
50 Breast – Brandi Vu – 29.40
400 Free Relay – Josie Valette, Aysia Leckie, Livi Schmid, Sarah Lingen – 3:26.23

UP NEXT: Denver’s men’s and women’s programs head to Tucson, Ariz., next week to take on Arizona and Hawai’I in a two-day dual.

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