Thursday, January 24, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 78



Cougars to battle Mustangs, Horned Frogs this weekend

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston swimming and diving team will play host to Texas Christian and Southern Methodist on Friday and Saturday at the UH Natatorium.

Friday's meet against TCU will be a heated event between the Cougars and Horned Frogs. Each team lost its last dual meet to big rivals,
Houston to Rice and TCU to East Carolina. TCU's loss snapped a nine-meet winning streak.

TCU's record is 9-2, and it has already had a few NCAA qualifiers make record-breaking times.

At the UT Invitational in Austin, TCU's 400-yard freestyle relay team, consisting of senior Jamie MacCurdy, sophomore Erin Irons, and freshmen
Lisa Champ and Aimee Moreau broke the oldest-standing school record with a time of 3:29.03.

Additionally, Irons broke her own record in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:52.21.

MacCurdy and sophomore Jamie Robinson are both NCAA 'B' qualifiers in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard backstroke, respectively.

In diving, sophomore Codi McLamb has been successful in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events, either winning or placing with
scores around 225 points. McLamb is the best diver TCU has. Of course, she is also the only one.

No. 9 SMU will pose an even larger challenge for the Cougars to overcome Saturday afternoon. UH is the third team SMU will face this week.

The Mustangs lost their last two meets to No. 4 Arizona and No. 5 Georgia despite brilliant performances by sophomore Alenka Kejzar and
freshman Flavia Rigamonte.

Rigamonte won the 1,650-yard freestyle against Georgia finishing in 16:17.07, just under a minute per 100 yards. Some 100-yard freestyle
swimmers can't even swim that fast. Against Rice, UH senior Elissa Nelson swam the same event in 17:26.23.

In the same meet, Kejzar finished the 100-yard backstroke in 55.67 seconds to take first place. In the North Texas dual meet on Oct. 20, Cougar
sophomore Rory Linn swam the same event in 1:03.03.

At the 2001 U.S. Open in East Meadows, N.Y., Kejzar was named High Point women's swimmer of the meet after winning three events, the
200-meter backstroke, the 200-meter individual medley and the 400-meter individual medley, and placing fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Friday's meet against TCU will begin at 7 p.m., and Saturday's meet against SMU will start at noon. Houston will be tested greatly this weekend,
and the team needs to step up big.

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