Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Vandals swimmers cap phenomenal weekend
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 11/20/2011
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HOUSTON, Texas - It may not be possible for Idaho swimming and diving coach Mark Sowa to be happier after his fourth meet as the Vandals' head coach. His young team went on a record-setting spree at the University of Houston Cougar Classic to finish seventh with 340 points with strong swims and dives throughout the ranks.

"This program took a nice step forward this weekend," Sowa said. "We competed very well against some really good teams and our athletes fed off of each other's successes. I like the direction this team is taking and I'm confident we can continue to see more improvement.

"It's a good day to be a Vandal."

Saturday's final day of competition netted one more school record for Rachel Millet, Idaho's freshman phenom out of Spokane's Ferris High School. With her 50.46 knocking .76 off of Alyson O'Brien's 2009 mark, she earned a fourth-place finish in the 100 freestyle and her fourth school record of the meet. She also recorded Vandal record times in the 100 fly, 200 free and 50 free.

Junior diver Paige Hunt made the most of a rare opportunity to compete on the platform. Her 199 gave her a third-place finish in the event.

"What's possibly even more exciting is the number of best times across the entire team," Sowa said.

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