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UH swimming and diving teams to take part in U.S. Open, Texas Invitational

By Keenan J. Singleton
Daily Cougar Staff 

The UH swimming and diving teams once again washed their opponents away with a victory over the University of North Texas.

The diving team, which has already met the dual meet standards for the season, was led by Yolanda Hernandez-Casas.

Hernandez-Casas, a senior from Mexico City, scored a 301.80 to win the one-meter event.

Led by two international stars, Serbia's Jelena Matovic and Canada's Jessica Blake, the squad swam over the Mean Green 167-107 at the UH natatorium Nov. 19th.

Matovic won the 1,000-yard breaststroke event with a time of 10:49.03 and was also victorious in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.35.

Blake is continuing her strong freshman season. She swam a 2:08.48 in the 200 yard backstroke to beat teammate Matovic. Blake also won the 50-yard freestyle with a 25.71.

The two were also the first and last legs of the 200-individual medley relay that edged out UH's other relay team of Mandy Harms, Stacey Ebeling, Falon Hopkins and Danielle Ruggiano by less than 30 seconds.

The team is now at the midpoint of the season with a 5-4 record in dual meets.

It will next head to Austin for the Texas Invitational on Dec. 3.

"The Texas Invitational is actually not a scored meet," UH head swimming coach Ginger Hurley said. "It's just for times and it becomes a much more individual sport. It's much less of a team sport. It doesn't mean a whole lot, but the times we have posted have been good."

Looking back to last week, Hurley feels that the victories over the Texas teams helped immensely.

"Those were huge," she said. "To beat Texas Christian by about 30 points was really big. They pretty much hammered us last year. But that was a very sweet win."

The weekend was sealed when UH followed up with a victory against UNT.

"They are a much improved team from last year," Hurley said. "We were hoping to go 2-0 this weekend. We thought for sure we'd go 1-1."

These meets warm up the squad for the eventual matchup in February at the conference meets.

"This is a preview for what they will be like at the end of the year," Hurley said.

Overall, the team is well-prepared and well-conditioned.

"For the next four to six weeks, we don't have any meets," Hurley said. "We're off until Jan. 5. We just have to stay healthy."

As for the coach's overall view on the team, she has just one thing to say. "Things are looking good."
 

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