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Friday, September 29, 2023


Houston goes 1-2 at LSU

The UH swimming and diving team dropped two of three matches at the LSU Invitational last weekend in Baton Rouge, La., beating New Orleans (253-90) while losing to LSU (211-140) and Rice (178-169).

Junior Anastasia Pozdniakova won her eighth consecutive 3-meter diving event this season, finishing with 364.8 points. The Cougars also grabbed second- and third-place finishes from sophomore Courtney Forcucci (289.5) and freshman Jessalyn Almond (286.5).

On Tuesday, Pozdniakova was named Conference USA Diver of the Week for the 11th time in her career. The 11 weekly honors are the most for any diver in C-USA history.

Senior Sasha Schwendenwein delivered the Cougars’ only swimming event victory Saturday, completing the 200-yard butterfly in 2 minutes, 1.57 seconds. Sophomore Andrea Kells finished seventh (2:10.24), while freshman Danica Lubbers finished 11th (2:13.78).

Schwendenwein also won both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly Friday, finishing in 1:49.35 and 55.96, respectively.

Schwendenwein continued her success by finishing third in Saturday’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.33. Freshman Kimberley Eeson placed sixth after completing the event in 52.91.

Eeson was the top performing Cougar in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing fourth with a time of 5:04.09. Coming in ninth for Houston was freshman Rachel Holcomb (5:34.59).

On Friday, senior Andrea Pa’lmai won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:12.79. She also took third in the 400-yard individual medley (4:25.28), while freshman Beccy Hills finished fourth (4:33.30).

Pa’lmai grabbed a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.91). Meanwhile, junior Jessica Shamburger finished seventh (2:06.63) and freshman Paige Bissett came in ninth (2:10.63).

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Hillis finished fourth in 1:05.48, but no other Cougar could grab a top 10 finish.

UH will now focus on the fight against breast cancer when it hosts the Sprint for the Cure Meet against Texas at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the CRWC Natatorium.

Admission to the meet is free, but those in attendance may make donations at the door. All proceeds donated will go towards breast cancer research.

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