Rice Wins Rice Invitational By A Large Margin

Meet Stats

  • Complete results
  • Hosted by Rice
  • November 4-5, 2016
  • Score
    • Rice 389, Houston 240, U.S. Air Force Academy 186

Press Release

Courtesy of Rice Athletics


HOUSTON — Junior Jaecey Parham led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard individual medley and swam on two winning relays to lead the Owl swimmers into first place in the team standings after the opening round of action at the Rice Invitational Friday evening in Houston.

After the first five events held on Friday the Owls lead the three-team meet with 115 points. Crosstown rival Houston is in second place with 65 points and the U.S. Air Force Academy is third with 61. The 18-event meet concludes on Saturday with two more sessions at Rice’s Competition Pool. The morning schedule of eight events begins at 10 am. The meet’s final five events is slated to start at 2 pm.

Parham was sound and solid leading the way Friday. The junior from Lubbock, Texas, led a 1-2-3 Rice finish in the 200-IM with a time of 2:04.72. The Owl duo of Kaitlyn Swinney and Marie-Claire Schillinger were second (2:06.13) and third (2:08.13) in the event, respectively. Parham also swam the butterfly leg of Rice’s 400-medley relay that posted to a comfortable winning time of 3:47.56. She then came back and anchored the Owls’ winning 800-freestyle relay that finished with a season-best mark of 7:41.56.

Rice’s Hanna Huston (4:57.76), Claire Therien (5:00.40) and Sarah Nowaski (5:00.56) were second, third and fourth in the 500-freestyle. Owl sprinters Alicia Caldwell (23.91) and Lauren Rhodes (23.92) were second and third in the 50-free.


HOUSTON – The Owls’ swim team returns to home action at the Competition Pool this Friday-Saturday (Nov. 4-5) with the annual Rice Invitational. The 18-event meet features three sessions over two days where the Blue & Gray will go head-to-head against crosstown rival Houston and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The meet is previewed in the below video.

The Rice Invitational is three separate sessions over three days. The respective (Central) start times, and full schedule of events, is as follows:

SESSION I (Nov. 4 at 5 pm);
400 Medley Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
800 Freestyle Relay

SESSION II (Nov. 5 at 10 am);
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
200 Freestyle
1650 Freestyle

SESSION III (Nov. 5 at 2 pm)
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay


HOUSTON — The trio of Kiley Beall, Marie-Claire Schillinger and Kaitlyn Swinney each won two individual events to pace the Owl swimmers to the team title of the Rice Invitational Saturday afternoon in Houston.

With eight individual wins and sweeping three relays, Rice won 11 of Saturday’s 13 events to finish in first place with 389 points. Crosstown foe the University of Houston was second with 240 points while the U.S. Air Force Academy was third with 186.

Swinney won the 400-IM with a time of 4:28.56 to lead a 1-2-3 Rice finish with Rylee Linhardt (4:33.98) and Hanna Huston (4:34.50). Swinney then went 1-2 with Alicia Caldwell in the 200-backstroke with times of 2:03.24 and 2:03.48.

Schillinger swept both breaststroke events, taking the 100 with a time of 1:03.53 and the 200 with 2:17.78. Beall swept both butterfly races, posting a 56.60 in the 100 in front of teammate Jaecey Parham (57.05). Beall then coasted to a win in the 200-fly with a time of 2:04.33, and she almost had three individual wins with a 57.46 to take second in the 100-backstroke.

“Great racing from Kiley,” said Rice head coach Seth Huston, now in his 15th season at the helm of the swim program. “M.C. continued to own the breaststroke events. Kaitlyn Swinney had some great swims today in the 400-IM, 200-back and breaststroke.

“Sydney Franzen has entered the realm of 200 fly now (with a 2:06.61 to finish third),” Huston said. “She swam a veteran, textbook race. It was great to see our 400-free relays finish so well (taking first and second).

Junior transfer Lauren Rhodes won the 100 free with a 52.03. Caldwell won the 200-free, touching the wall with a 1:52.66.

“The girls really stepped up and swam great today,” he added. “I feel like we exhibited a toughness and ability to keep coming back and racing today.”

Press Release

Courtesy of Houston Athletics

HOUSTON – Freshman Laura Laderoute won the 100-yard backstroke Saturday afternoon as the University of Houston Swimming & Diving team finished second at the Rice Invitational at Rice Aquatic Center Competition pool.

Houston finished in second with 240 points. Rice lead the way in first with a score of 389 while Air Force rounded out the podium with 186 points.

“We fought hard through the entirety of the meet and we saw some encouraging things,” Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka said. “Now we turn our attention to cleaning things up for two weeks from now against some tough teams at the Phill Hansel Invitational.”

Laderoute nabbed her second collegiate individual win in the 100-yard backstroke during session II at the Rice Invitational. The West Linn, Ore., native, touched the wall at 57.19 to secure first place. Teammate Eleanna Koutsouveli placed third with a time of 57.66. In the 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Koutsouveli also placed third, netting a time of 2:04.49.

Fellow freshmen, Gaby Jimenez and Victoria Roubique captured podium finishes at Rice. Jimenez finished second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:21.73. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Roubique finished third touching the wall at 1:05.92.

Junior Sharo Rodriguez captured two podium finishes Saturday. The Queretaro, native, placed second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:05.60. In the 100-yard butterfly, Rodriguez finished third overall, netting a time of 57.62.

To conclude the Rice Invitational, Houston had two relay events finish in the top three. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Laderoute, Peyton Kondis, Rodriguez and Hanna Blewett finished second with a time of 1:46.18.  The relay team of Cait Horner, Laderoute, Blewett and Michaela Hamrick placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay touching the wall at 1:37.68.

1. Rice – 389
2. Houston – 240
3. Air Force – 186

200-yard Medley Relay
2. Laura Laderoute, Peyton Kondis, Sharo Rodriguez, Hanna Blewett – 1:46.18

400-yard Individual Medley
4. Gaby Jimenez Peon – 4:34.76

100-yard Butterfly
3. Sharo Rodriguez – 57.62

200-yard Freestyle
5. Ksenia Yuskova– 1:55.72

100-yard Breaststroke
2. Victoria Roubique – 1:05.92

100-yard Backstroke
1. Laura Laderoute – 57.19

200-yard Freestyle Relay
2. Cait Horner, Laura Laderoute, Hanna Blewett, Michaela Hamrick – 1:37.68

1650-yard Freestyle
5. Conor Glenn – 17:43.97

200-yard Backstroke
3. Eleanna Koutsouveli – 2:04.49

100-yard Freestyle
6. Hanna Blewett – 53.62

200-yard Breaststroke
2. Gaby Jimenez – 2:21.73

200-yard Butterfly
2. Sharo Rodriguez – 2:05.60

400-yard Freestyle Relay
4. Cait Horner, Ksenia Yuskova, Hanna Blewett and Hannah Middleton – 3:35.99

The Cougars will host the Pearland Invitational at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center from Nov. 18-20. Houston will compete against 10 teams in the three-day invitational.

Houston will host the American Athletic Conference Championships for the second consecutive year as the best swimmers and divers in the league visit the CRWC from Feb. 15-18, 2017. Following the conference meet, the Cougars will look to close the season at the NCAA Championships, to be held March 15-18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Press Release

Courtesy of Air Force Athletics

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force women’s swimming and diving team placed third at the Rice Invitational, Nov. 4-5, in Houston, Texas. Rice won the meet with 389 points while Houston was second (240) and Air Force was third (186).

Genevieve Miller won the 500 free ( 4:55.48) and the 1650 free (16:54.84). Miller also placed second in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.84. Freshman Lydia Knutson, who set the school record in the 50 free last week, won the 50 free with a time of 23.77. In the 800 free relay, the team of Tianna Jorgenson, Jinan Andrews, Gaby Miller and Genevieve Miller  placed second with a time of 7:47.32. In the 100 free, Jinan Andrews placed second (52.57).

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are back in action on Nov. 11-13 at the USC Diving Invitational in Los Angeles, Calif.


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