Aug 22, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - After winning 16 conference championships in 17 years, a new challenge awaits the SMU men's swimming and diving team. For 2013-14, the Mustangs will compete in the new American Athletic Conference.
Head Coach Eddie Sinnott begins his 25th season, having been named conference Coach of the Year 16 times. The SMU has had 11 NCAA top-15 finishes, 337 All-America honors and 237 conference champions.
SMU finished the 2012-13 campaign on the third day of the NCAA Championships where the Mustangs finished 35th with eight team points.
Nicolai Hansen, Ryan Koops, Mindaugas Sadauskas and David Larsson finished 14th in the 400-yard freestyle relay, earning All-America honors. Hansen and Koops are now seniors while Sadauskas and Larsson have graduated.
Also at the NCAA Championships, Devin Burnett had a strong showing in the platform dive, placing 23rd. He is a junior for 2013-14.
The Mustangs convincingly captured first place at the Conference USA championships last year, defeating second place Western Kentucky by 59.50 points.
Highlighting the meet for SMU was Sadauskas (men's Swimmer of the Meet), and Burnett (Diver of the Meet). Sinnott earned co-men's swimming Coach of the Year honors, and Head Diving Coach Jim Stillson was named the conference's diving Coach of the Year.
The 2013-14 schedule opens at Fort Worth where SMU meets rival TCU at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13. Then, SMU will compete in the Texas A&M Invitational from Nov. 21-23 in College Station.
The final swim event of 2013 will be Dec. 5-7 at Austin for the Texas Invitational.
SMU divers will compete Dec. 17-22 at the U.S. Diving nationals in Austin and Jan. 3-5, 2014, at the Georgia Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga.
SMU will then host three meets. On Jan. 9 and Jan. 24, LSU and Texas A&M visit Perkins Natatorium to take on the Mustangs. In between those dual meets, the Mustangs will host the annual Classic at SMU on Jan. 17-18. Participants include Florida, Michigan, Louisville, Purdue and USC.
The first American Athletic Conference Championships will be in Louisville, Ky., on Feb. 19-22.
The American Short Course Championships in Austin are set for March 6-8, followed by the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships on March 8-10 in Minneapolis.
The Mustangs close the season at the NCAA Championships on March 27-29 in Austin.