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Friday, September 29, 2023

Swimming & Diving

UH makes a splash with three-win weekend

The Augie Busch era is off to a strong start after UH swept its opening weekend of competition in Boston.

The Cougars defeated Boston University by 29 points Friday, and took down Boston College (231-69) and Northeastern (159-132) in a tri-dual meet.

“The girls showed a lot of fight,” Busch said.

“I’m real proud of them. They got some really good sprint strokes.”

The Cougars trailed the Terriers for most of the meet, but pulled ahead after the 1-meter dive results were posted.

Junior Julia Lonnegren led the divers with first-place finishes in the 1M and 3M against BU, with freshmen Torri Olanski and Natasha Burgess placing second and third.

Diving coach Jane Figueiredo was pleased with her squad’s performance.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” she said. “They competed very well. There were two freshmen who did a really good job.”

This was repeated against Boston College and Northeastern.

The Cougars performed well again in free-style events on Saturday.

Sophomore Heather Winn won the 500-yard and 1,000-yard events, while Kim Eeson took the 50-yard free style (24.91).

In the last relay, UH outscored Boston College by 9 points and Northeastern by 5, to the satisfaction of coach Busch.

“I’m real proud of how these girls fought again,” he said. “I’m real excited to see them battle against Miami for our first home meet.

“I hope we can continue to see improvement.”

The Cougars will face the Hurricanes at 5 p.m. Friday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center natatorium.

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