|Hunt, Sterbis have strong showings|
HOUSTON, Texas - University of Idaho swimming coach Mark Sowa had high praise for the Vandals after solid outings at the gigantic Phill Hansel Invitational hosted by the University of Houston.
Idaho junior diver Paige Hunt wrapped up her events in the epic meet Saturday with a 10th place outing in the platform diving - an event she rarely can practice because of the limited number of platform diving facilities in the country. She had a 220.10.
Jaime Sterbis, a freshman, won the consolation final in the 200 fly. She just missed qualifying for the final with her preliminary time but her consolation-winning effort of 2:01.59 not only set an Idaho record but was the fifth-fastest at the meet.
Sowa also had kudos for the Vandal 400 free relay team (Megan Venlos, Janelle Stacy, Kirah Monks and Rachel Millet), which finished 14th with a 3:26.41 in the highly competitive field that drew swimming powerhouses from across the country.
"We got better every session of this meet and (Saturday) was no exception," Sowa said. "Paige finished a tremendous weekend on the platform. Jamie's 200 fly was a really great swim and our 400 free relay was a nice way to cap an overall very successful weekend.
"We made a ton of progress and still have a long way to go."