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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002


Diver down

Swimming and diving team looks to dominate Rice, Arkansas at the ‘Nat

By Lauren McFarlane
The Daily Cougar

The Cougars are out to ruffle some feathers and poke some pigs as they host Rice and Arkansas this weekend.

Houston will take on the Owls at 4 p.m. today in the UH Natatorium in hopes of binding their wings to end their 12 straight dual-meet victories over the Cougars. Rice was victorious in its most recent meet against North Texas, defeating the Mean Green 114-86; Houston conquered the team 167-76.

"The Rice meet is going to be very difficult, because they are an extremely strong team and we havenit won a dual meet against them since the ‘93-i94 season," swimming coach Mark Taylor said.

Senior diver Yulia Pakhalina looks to continue dominating the diving competition as the UH swimming and diving team defends the UH Natatorium against Rice today and Arkansas on Saturday.

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Riceis Meghan Brown came in first in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard fly at the North Texas meet. Senior Mandy Mularz also placed first in the 100-yard free.

"Arkansas is also tough, because they have many new, strong transfers," Taylor said.

Houston intends to send the Razorbacks home squealing after their 1 p.m. meet Saturday. Arkansas had its first win of the season against Drury University (169-61). The Lady Razorbacks won 10 of the 13 events in which they competed.

Freshman Candace Little had victories in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke and sophomore Whitney Lynn had first place finishes in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle. Junior Mandy Moran totaled 275.78 points in the 1-meter spring board competition and 308.625 in the 3-meter.

All three teams come into this weekendis matches 1-0. Houston comes off a fourth-place finish in Saturdayis Husker Invitational in Nebraska.

Senior diver Yulia Pakhalina had a pair of victories on the 1- and 3-meter springboard events and totaled 620.35 points, more than 130 points more than second-place finisher and teammate, freshman Azul Almazan.

No Cougar swimmer received first place in any event, but freshman Stacey Williams placed second in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly events. Junior Lucile Turpin was third in the 400-yard individual medley.

At the Sprint Challenge on Friday, Pakhalina and Almazan finished in first place in the 1-meter springboard. Williams was second in the 50-yard butterfly and third in the 100-yard freestyle. Sophmore Vicki Blocker was second in the 50-yard backstroke.

Houston next travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to face Tennessee on Nov. 9.

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