Nov. 17, 2012
HOUSTON (SMU) - The SMU women's swimming 400-yard freestyle relay team automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship in March after posting an NCAA A standard time of 3:16.51 in the event on the final day of competition at the Phil Hansel Invitational hosted by the University of Houston. Sophomore Isabella Arcila, sophomore Nathalie Lindborg, junior Monika Babok and junior Nina Rangelova won the event for the Mustangs.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams placed third at the meet. No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 23 Arkansas earned the top two spots on the women's side, while No. 20 LSU and Wyoming went one-two for the men.
In addition to the NCAA A time in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the women posted five additional NCAA B marks, bringing the weekend total to 14.
Arcila took runner-up honors in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA B time of 1:54.66.
Two more B qualifying times came in the 100-yard freestyle as Lindborg finished second in a time of 49.30, and Rangelova placed fifth in 49.90.
On the men's side, senior standout Mindaugas Sadauskas recorded an NCAA B time of 43.98 as he won the 100-yard freestyle. Junior Matt Roney was eighth in the event (46.27). Sadauskas was also a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay squad that finished with a time of 2:57.75.
Sophomore diver Devin Burnett earned important points with his fourth-place finish in the platform dive, recording a total score of 305.00.
Sophomore Madison Mulleady was seventh in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in with a time of 1:56.25.
The swim teams head to Austin, Texas, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 for the USA National Championships.