Nov. 18, 2011
HOUSTON (SMU) - SMU swim captain Therese Svendsen has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in March after winning the 100-yard backstroke in an NCAA A-qualifying time of 52.23 on day two of the Houston Invitational on Friday night. The women also recorded two NCAA B consideration times in the event as senior Genny Konicke took third (54.03) and freshman Isabella Arcila placed fourth (55.05).
Through 14 events, both the SMU men and women lead the invitational.
Konicke posted another NCAA B time, winning the 100-yard butterfly in 52.66. Fellow senior Denisa Smolenova finished second, touching the wall in 53.78 (NCAA B).
The Mustangs swept the awards in the 100-yard breaststroke, earning three more NCAA B standards. Freshman Erica Donadon won the event in a time of 1:01.54. Newcomer Rachel Nicol earned runner-up honors (1:02.45), edging out senior Raminta Dvariskyte who was third (1:02.95).
Sophomore standout Nina Rangelova took gold in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking in with an NCAA B time of 1:46.11.
SMU dominated relays once again as Svendsen, Donadon, Konicke and Rangelova took top-honors in the 200-yard medley relay (1:39.58), finishing just ahead of Arcila, Nicol, Smolenova and Emily Vavourakis who took second (1:40.98). The Mustangs also won 800-yard freestyle relay with Rangelova, Svendsen, Eleonor Lindborg and Konicke swimming the event in 7:16.71. All three relays finished in NCAA B times.
Junior Mindaugas Sadauskas was the top performer for the men. Sadauskas won both the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke in 48.44 and 49.16, respectively.
Newcomer Nicolai Hansen took third behind Sadauskas in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.18. He also placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.87), narrowly beating sophomore Julian Fletcher who finished third (57.46).
Diver Devin Burnett won the three-meter dive with a final score of 332.15.
Sophomore Ryan Koops (100-yard backstroke, 51.78) and freshman Paolo Stanchi (400-yard individual medley, 4:04.98) had third-place finishes for SMU. The Mustangs had another strong relay performance as Sadauskas, Roney, Giedrius Andriunaitis and Korosec won the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:42.53), and Gabriel Andonie, Hansen, Koops and Mitchell Thomson were third (6:50.39). In the 200-yard medley relay, Koops, Fletcher, Hugo Martinez and Korosec finished second (1:32.09).
Competition in the Houston Invitational wraps up tomorrow.