Senior Ramom Melo
Feb. 20, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SMU) – Senior Nicolai Hansen placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:47.06 as the SMU men's swimming and diving team competed on day two of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships. The four-day meet is hosted by Louisville in the Ralph Wright Natatorium.
The Mustangs have tallied 277 points and stand second of four teams following day two.
“Our divers kicked off the meet yesterday and did an outstanding job,” head coach Eddie Sinnott said. “Our swimmers struggled this morning but everyone really picked it up tonight in the finals which was good to see.”
In addition to Hansen in the 200-yard IM, freshman Tucker Wells placed seventh as he clocked a time of 1:49.58. In the 50-yard freestyle, senior Ramom Melo, freshman Ziga Cerkovnik and senior Ryan Koops placed third (19.91), fifth (19.98) and sixth (20.29), respectively.
In the lone relay event of the day, SMU placed second as senior Matt Roney, Koops, Melo and Cerkovnik clocked a time of 1:19.16 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. This time was just one-tenth of a second off from being an A-standard automatic NCAA qualifying time.
“Our relay team competed really well tonight and we are looking forward to competing the next two days,” said Sinnott.
SMU is back in action tomorrow to compete on day three of the Championships on Fri., Feb. 21 with the prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.
Please visit http://theamerican.org/sports/2014/1/16/SD_0116143829.aspx for a complete schedule of tomorrow’s events and ways to follow the meet live.
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