Swimming Heads to Conference Championships (Coogs win 2nd straight conference title)

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Winning time this week…


Houston is having a successful season under third-year Head Swimming and Diving Coach Ryan Wochomurka.
The Cougars are chasing their second conference title in program history after earning its first conference championship last season.
Last season, Houston posted 772 points over the course of four days at the conference championships, outscoring second-place finisher SMU by 96 points.
Houston had a record-breaking performance at the conference meet last season, posting nine school records and winning three individual events.
The Cougars posted 18 podiums finishes last season at conference, an improvement from the seven they posted in 2016.
Houston returns fifteen scorers from last season’s conference meet.
This past weekend, Peyton Kondis and Laura Laderoute each recorded program records at the Houston First Chance meet. Laderoute posted a personal-best time of 53.38 in the 100 backstroke and Peyton Kondis recorded a time of 1:00.16 in the 100 breaststroke.
At the conclusion of last season Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka and Diving Coach Bob Gunter earned American Coach of the Year honors.


Last season SMU finished 96 points behind Houston at the conference championships.
Houston defeated SMU in dual action this season at the CRWC.
Cincinnati finished third with 625 points, followed by East Carolina, UConn and Tulane.
Tulane has visited Houston twice this season, getting outlasted by the Cougars each time.
Cincinnati is 5-6 in dual action this season, last time out the Bearcats defeated Kenyon 213-87.
UConn is coming off of its Husky Invitational and is 5-1 this season in dual meet action.
East Carolina is 8-4 in dual action this season and coming off of the South Carolina Collegiate Invitational.

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Link to watch today:

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Great 1st day for the Coogs so far.

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β€œTwo conference championships, two school records and one one-hundredth of a second away from a perfect night,” said Head Swimming & Diving Coach Ryan Wochomurka. β€œIt’s about as good of a start as we could ask for. The challenge for us now is to come out swinging in the morning. There’s a lot of meet left, but this was an exciting start. I’m really excited about the dominate performance from those ladies on the 800 freestyle relay.”

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Love the shirts:

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Day 2 Morning Session:

Day 2 Evening Session:

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The University of Houston Swimming & Diving program picked up right where it left off on the second day of action at the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championships. The Cougars posted two program records, eight top-10 program times, took home a pair of conference championships and lead the field with 299 points heading into day three.

β€œAnother great night,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. β€œTwo conference championships; the 500 Freestyle and 200 IM. To go one, two in the 200 IM, one, three in the 500 and get freshman Mykenzie Leehy up on the podium in the 50 freestyle makes for a very good night. It was a school record on the relay. It’s exciting. This meet is not even half over. We have to come out tomorrow, position ourselves for the finals and do our best to separate ourselves from the field.”

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Today’s Streams:

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Coogs extend their lead:

The University of Houston Swimming & Diving program was a mainstay on the medal stand on the third day of action at the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championships in Dallas. The Cougars broke two program records, earned three conference championships, earned nine podium finishes and will take 572 combined points into the final day of action at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. Houston leads the field by 151 points.

β€œIt was a pretty awesome night,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. β€œTwo school records, a one-two-three finish in the 200 Free, Peyton Kondis breaking a huge barrier, Eleanna winning the 400 IM and certainly coming from behind to win that relay at the end. It was a pretty fun evening. I’m excited for tomorrow to get here so we can put a bow on this.”

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Today’s Streams:

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Love it: β€œThere’s no ceiling to this program”

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