Thursday, January 31, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 83



UH swimmers to face successful Aggie team

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston swimming and diving team will travel to College Station on Friday to challenge Texas A&M in a dual meet.

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Junior Falon Hopkins prepares to swim the butterfly. Hopkins has been a leader for the swimming and diving team this year.

The Aggies are on a roll these days after winning their fifth consecutive dual meet against Rice on Saturday, 151-104.

A&M has a young team, but its members know how to get the job done. Of the eight individual event wins during the team's
dual meet against the Owls, seniors won two, sophomores won one and freshmen won five.

In addition to the solo events, the Aggies managed to win the 400-yard medley relay, which consists of senior Clara Ho and
freshmen Courtney Patterson, Danielle Townsend and Kelsey Savage.

Ho is an absolute machine in the butterfly. She took first in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 57.61 seconds, and won the
200-yard butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 04.32 seconds.

UH sophomores Lucile Turpin and Corrie Phares and senior Linda Osborne will have their hands full dominating in the
butterfly events, with their recent times being just a few seconds slower than Ho's.

Ho, Townsend and freshman Ashley Roark captured six of A&M's victories. Roark has been dominating all month. She won
the 100-yard backstroke in 58.20 and took first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.67.

Townsend won the freestyle sprints, both the 50-yard in 24.28 and the 100-yard in 52.22.

Freshman Christina Thompson won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:05.62 to join the other freshman stars.

Another big factor that helped A&M beat Rice was the trio of Roark, Patterson and Thompson. They all completed the
100-yard backstroke in times that were less than a second apart.

Patterson followed Roark at 58.83, and Thompson followed Patterson at 59.15 to claim second and third, respectively. These
triplets scored 16 points in just this event to help the Aggies win.

Later in the meet, Roark, Patterson and Thompson traded places for another 16 points in the 200-yard backstroke. Roark and
Patterson followed Thompson with respective times of 2:05.94 and 2:08.04.

Although the swimming events may be tight, the Aggie divers will be taught a lesson on the diving board.

Sophomore Yulia Pakhalina should lead divers sophomore Veronica Smith and freshman Lindsay Harvey to success in all
diving events.

The meet, which was to begin at 4 p.m., has been moved to 3:30 p.m., and will be both teams' final meet of the regular

The Aggies currently stand at 7-4 and the Cougars are 2-8, and will be looking for a big win to end the season on a good

The Cougars are hoping to be able to punish these toddlers in fine fashion.

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