Swimming: AAC Championship at UH Feb 15-18 (Coogs win Conference!)

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2017 American Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships
Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium • Houston, Texas
Feb. 15-18, 2017

Coming into conference, the Cougars have broken three records this season. Freshman Laura Laderoute now holds two program records. The West Linn, Ore., native set the school record in the 100-yard backstroke (53.93) and the 200-yard IM (2:00.58). Fellow freshman Peyton Kondis broke the 100-yard breaststroke record with a time of 1:01.17. The 400-yard medley relay team of Koutsouveli, Kondis, Sharo Rodriguez and Zarena Brown set the school record with a time of 3:41.44.


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Through three events, the Cougars are second overall with a score of 104. UConn leads the way in first with a score of 118 while East Carolina is in third, at 90.

Two program records fell as Houston opened the conference championships. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of Eleanna Koutsouveli, Peyton Kondis, Laura Laderoute and Cait Horner set a new school record. The Cougars finished second overall in the event, touching the wall at 1:39.17.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the team of Zarena Brown, Ksenia Yuskova, Michaela Hamrick and Hannah Herbst broke a four year record. The relay team finished fourth overall with a time 7:13.35 to break the record set by Moira Fraser, Heather Winn, Colleen Donovan and Kimmy Ballo on Feb. 20, 2013.

Micaela Bouter was the highest finisher for the Cougars in the 1-meter springboard. The Johannesburg native finished fourth overall with after nabbing a score of 252.40.

The Cougars take to the water again on Thursday for the second day of competition at the American Championships. Swimming preliminaries begin at 10 a.m., and the finals start at 6 p.m. A complete schedule and links to live video streaming can be found at The American’s Championships Central Page.

Full Evening Session from Day 1:


Day 2 Live Stream Link:


Full Session:

Laderoute earned her first conference crown in the 200-yard IM. The West Linn, Ore., native bettered her own school record touching the wall at 2:00.02 to capture first overall. Fellow freshman Peyton Kondis set a personal best with a time of 2:01.60, an NCAA B standard time, to finish fifth.

In the 500-yard freestyle, freshman Zarena Brown nabbed her first individual medal, second of the meet. The Arvada, Colo., native, swam a time of 4:46.11 to finish third overall and move to the second best time in program history.

Junior Cait Horner moved up in the record books in the 50-yard freestyle. The Yorktown, Va., native finished fourth overall with a time of 22.93, the second fastest time in school history.

In the final event of the evening, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Cougars captured another podium finish. The team of Horner, Laderoute, Brown and Ksenia Yuskova nabbed a third place finish as they set a new program record with a time of 1:31.61, breaking a four-year program record.

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Kondis earned her first American Athletic Conference crown in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Pittsburg, Penn., native, bettered her school record during prelims with a time of 1:00.56. Kondis captured first overall after touching the wall at 1:00.73. Fellow freshman Victoria Roubique placed second with a time of 1:00.97, a NCAA B standard time. Junior Ashley Grijalva finished fourth, 1:01.48 a personal best, and senior Cameron Balkom placed sixth, 1:02.34.

For the second consecutive year, junior Bouter won the 3-meter springboard. The Johannesburg, native soundly beat the field after netting a score of 322.15. Bouter’s best dive came in the first round on her forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike earning a score of 67.50. Freshman Katelyn Abernathy nabbed her first medal after coming from behind to finish second overall. The Charlotte, N.C., native, netted a 64.40 on her back 2 ½ somersault tuck to earn a spot on the podium. With Abernathy’s score of 287.35 she now qualifies for NCAA zones.

In the 100-yard backstroke Houston captured two podium finishes. Freshman Laura Laderoute finished second overall after touching the wall at 53.81. Sophomore Eleanna Koutsouveli rounded out the podium with a time of 54.07. The Athens, Greece, native, set the school record during prelims with a time of 53.74, an NCAA B standard time. Senior Jasmine Williams finished fifth overall, 54.62.

Miami (Fla.) transfer Ksenia Yuskova finished second overall in the 200-yard freestyle. The Moscow, Russia, native, set a personal best and moves up the record books to the second best time in program history with a time of 1:45.82.

To cap off the night the 400-yard medley relay team set a school record and earned Houston’s eight medal of the evening. The team of Laderoute, Kondis, Sharo Rodriguez and Yuskova touched the wall at 3:38.35 to break the program record and finish second overall.

Day 3 Highlights

Full Session:

COOGS about to win Conference tonight!

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Program started in 1975-76


What a history-making win!

Congratulations to all the players and coaches.

Go Lady Coogs!


Just two years ago the Cougars had only one medalist and two members advance to the finals. The program made strides a year ago, finishing third in coach Ryan Wochomurka’s first season.

Full Day 4 video:

Day 4 Highlights:

40:07 you can see the celebration




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