Swim team embarks on Colorado road trip (CSU W) (Northern Colorado W)

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Swim team embarks on Colorado road trip

In five meets this season, the swimming & diving team has been in dominant form. The veteran unit of redshirt senior Micaela Bouter, sophomore Peyton Kondis and others has shown its championship caliber.

The team has gone on the road twice already, but this weekend’s meets mark the first time it will travel outside Texas. On Friday, the swimmers and divers will face the Colorado State Rams, and on Saturday, they will go up against the Northern Colorado Bears.

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Colorado State is in its fourth season under Head Coach Christopher Woodard.
The Rams opened their season against Denver and Wyoming, falling in both meets.
Marie Goodwyn has been an anchor for Colorado State, winning the 100 and 200 Butterfly at all three meets this season.
Rowan Hauber has also gotten out to a strong season, winning the 100 Freestyle in all three meets.
Skylar Williams has been a strong force for the Rams on the springboard, picking up both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter against Denver earlier this season.


Northern Colorado enters its second season under Head Coach Lisa Ebeling.
The Bears are 0-1 this season in dual play, falling to New Mexico State and will meet with Wyoming on Nov. 3 before matching up with Houston.
Ioanna Sacha is a leader for UNC with three wins against New Mexico State, racking up 27 points.
Sydney Kovar is a force for the Bears when it comes to distance races after winning both the 500 and 1000 Freestyle last week.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Houston Swimming & Diving team took home 10 first-place finishes in a 174.50 – 122.50 rout of Colorado State, Friday evening at Moby Pool.

The Cougars got off to a great start winning the first four events. Laura Laderoute, Rebecca Cox, Peyton Kondis, and Zarena Brown teamed up for a top finish in the 200 Medley Relay, posting a season best 1:43.31. Reese Lamph finished first in the 1000 Freestyle (10:31.58), followed by a first-place finish in the 200 Freestyle from Brown with a time of 1:51.96.

Laderoute notched her second win of the day in the 100 Backstroke, finishing in 56.63, while Mykenzie Leehy posted her second fasted time this season in the 100 Freestyle (52.90) to finish first.

_Eleanna Koutsouveli earned Houston’s sixth top finish of the evening in the 200 Backstroke _
(2:02.96), and was followed up by Brown with her third win of the meet in the 500 Freestyle. Brown led the field with a time of 5:04.09.

The Cougars finished out the day with its second-best time this season in the 400 Freestyle Relay to finish first in the event.

Houston swept the diving events, with Micaela Bouter and Lauren Burrell taking first and second-place in both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter springboard events.

“I’m very proud of this group tonight,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. “To win on the road against a tough and talented team is exciting. We raced hard at altitude and under difficult circumstances. I could not be more proud of our grit this evening”.

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For the second day in a row Houston got out to a fast start, winning four out of the first five events. Laura Laderoute, Rebecca Cox, Peyton Kondis, and Zarena Brown teamed up for a win in the 400 yard Medley Relay to get things started for Houston. The group picked up 11 points and posted a time of 3:53.04.

Samantha Medlin tacked on 18 points for Houston after finishing first in the 200 Free (1:53.66) and first in the 500 Free with a time of 5:09.90.

Sharo Rodriguez beat out the field in both the 100 and 200 Fly for another 18 points. The senior notched a time of 2:09.69 in the 200 Fly, following that up with 58.59 in the 100 Fly.

Cait Horner won the 50 Fly with a time of 24.46, Brown and Laderoute also placed and tacked on five points for Houston.

Eleanna Koutsouveli led the pack in the 100 Back, finishing with a time of 57.00. Laderoute and Jenny Penneck combined for four points, rounding out the top-five.

Angeliki Mavrantza shined in the 100 Breast finishing in 1:05.96, followed by Gaby Jimenez Peon in second and Kondis in third.

Mykenzie Leehy won the 100 Free in 53.76 and was trailed by Hanna Blewett who closed out the race in second-place.

Gaby Jimenez Peon earned a top finish in the 200 Breast, winning the event in 2:22.47. Mavrantza and Kondis rounded out the top-three.

On the diving side, Houston went one, two, three in the 3-Meter, led by Micaela Bouter with a score of 295.72. Lauren Burrell finished in second (255.60) and Katelyn Abernathy in third (274.43).

In the 1-Meter Lauren Burrell led the Cougars with 267.22 for first-place honors and was trailed by Katelyn Abernathy in second-place (242.77).

“We raced hard again today,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. While some of our times were a little off mark, our effort and enthusiasm was great. I’m very excited to turn our focus to the Phill Hansel Invitational and race in Houston again in two weeks. That will give us a great understanding of where we are and adjustments we need to make heading into the new year".

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