MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Louisville women's swim team downs Ga Tech.
- Charlie Strong? Long(horn) gone
An impressive outing for Arthur Albiero's women...winning 202-60 in the first meet of the new year
Here is a race by race recap:
The women started the meet out on the right foot with a win in the 400-medley relay. Krissie Brandenburg led off with a 56.53 split, Andrea Cottrell boarded a 1:03.71, Kelsi Worrell’s leg was 53.48 and Breann McDowell anchored with a 51.30 for a 3:45.02.
In the grueling 1000 free, Abigail Chin touched first with a time of 10:14.45.
Breann McDowell won the 200 free with a time of 1:51.51, with Abigail Houck touching third in 1:53.07.
Louisville took the top two spots in the 100-back led by Mackenzie Buss’ win in 57.54. Mary Mittel surged to second with a 58.34.
In the 100-breast, U of L swept three of the top four spots, led byAndrea Cottrell’s 1:04.16. Lucy Kramer was second in 1:06.29 and Giselle Kohoyda was fourth in 1:07.56.
Tanja Kyllianen left the field in her wake with a 2:01.54 win in the 200-fly.Teammate Devon Bibault was second in 2:05.83.
Krissie Brandenburg finished in hot pursuit, touching in 23.75.
Caryle Blondell hit third with a 20.91 and Pedro Coutinho was fourth in 21.35.
In the 100-free, Krissie Brandenburg powered to a win in 51.26, out-touchingteammate Breann McDowell’s 51.88.
In the women’s 200-back, Cardinal Mackenzie Buss was into the wall firstwith a time of 2:05.65. Kristin Steins was second in 2:05.90.
Andrea Cottrell won the 200-breast, going 2:20.10 with teammate Gisselle Kohoydataking second in 2:21.74. Lucy Kramer was third in 2:24.08.
In the 500-free, Tanja Kylliainen picked up her second individual win witha 4:55.52. Abigail Chin was second in 5:01.18.
Kelsi Worrell put up an NCAA B-cut time of 54.43 to win the 100-fly.Brittany Robinson was second in 56.71 and Mary Mittel was third in 57.39.
In the 200-IM, Tanja Kylliainen picked up her third individual win with a2:02.85, five seconds ahead of the field. Erica Belcher was second in 2:07.56.
The Cardinal women won the final event with a 1:37.21 in the 200-free relay.Alexandra Sellers (24.90), Mackenzie Buss (24.10), Hanna Cowley (24.24) and Rachael Lewis (23.97) took the win.
(Thanks to UofL SID Nancy Worley for the results.)
Like we mention here a CARDINAL COUPLE occasionally, we usually don't cover men's sports at UofL. There are plenty of capable and knowledgeable journalist out there who do that quite nicely. We do realize, however...that some of our readers do follow the pursuit of Pitino's, McDonnell's and Lolla guys. And the football team. I'm one of them.
So, Charlie Strong accepted the challenge of coaching the Texas Longhorns football team. It is a blow...check that...a punch in the gut to fans that are tired of Louisville Football being a destination stop in college football head coaches dossier. Just as Corso, Gibson, Schnellenberger, Smith and Petrino before him...CCS (Coach Charlie Strong) has reached for and grabbed the golden ring.
The difference is...with Charlie...the program here is now considered by more than just a few as a final stop on the coaching carousel. The Cards have won the Orange, Sugar, Liberty and Beef O Brady Bowls over the last several years. They were a force in the BIG EAST, came in second in The American and defeated one of the prime members of the ACC (Miami) in the Russell Athletic Bowl a few days ago.
Strong had a future, a following and backing here at Louisville. It wasn't enough. He told Tom Jurich it wasn't about the money. Texas football is a religion. Charlie is the new messiah of Austin. WE wish him well...but will point out that all of the previous coaches we mentioned above never met the measure of success after leaving Louisville that they acheived while at Louisville.
Tom Jurich will respond in typical brilliant fashion. Tom, like Santa, has a list and has been checking it twice. He will bring to the stunned football players and fans a winner. It's what he does. Trust in Tom.
Could it be a former coach that prowled these sidelines several years ago? A rising star in the coaching ranks? An established, successful veteran coach? In Tom's eyes...it's all about the fit. He wants a guy who fits the program, the community, the expectations. He had one in Charlie. He'll find another.
Trust in Tom.
As for Charlie? History shows again and again that coaches who leave Louisville eventually are doomed.
Schnellenberger..."retired" from a laughable FAU program after failing at Oklahoma. Gibson...a failure in the BIG 12. Smith...ran out of Michigan State and canned after one year at Arkansas. Petrino...scandal ridded and forced out at Arkansas. Corso....a bottom feeder at IU before becoming the clown prince of ESPN Football commentary guys. The curse of leaving the Cardinals is strong. Don't say you weren't warned, CCS.
And welcome to the white, hot spotlight of Longhorn media.
Hook 'em 'horns? NOT...Good luck, Chuck. Thanks for the memories.