March 11, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU rowing team is set to host a pair of events against Creighton and Canisius this weekend at White Rock Lake. The Mustangs face Creighton on Friday and Canisius on Saturday. Both events begin at 4 p.m. CT.
A pair of season-opening home events highlight the spring schedule, with regattas at White Rock Lake against Creighton (March 14) and Canisius (March 15). The Mustangs close out March at Kansas where they will see Kansas, Kansas State and Drake on March 29. A trip to Alabama on April 5 features both the Crimson Tide and Eastern Michigan, and the Knecht Cup follows April 12-13. SMU travels to Tulsa for a battle with the Golden Hurricane for the Lawless Cup on April 19, and the regular season closes out at home when the Ponies host Central Oklahoma on April 26. The American Championship is slated for May 18 in Princeton, N.J.
The freshman 8+ crew had a trio of strong performances during the Mustangs' fall season. In its first career race, the group finished first at the Head of the Oklahoma. The crew followed that up with a repeat championship performance at the Head of the Colorado. In the final event of the fall season, the group garnered a third place finish out of 47 at the Head of the Hooch. Molly O'Connell has been in the coxswain position in both races, while the group's consisted of Savannah Moody, Lindsay Heyman, Sydney Severson, Mackenzie Daly, Katrina Kerrigan, Meghan Klein, Brittany Courteau, Julia Neppl, Sydney Crews and Amanda Esposito.
Along with the victory in the freshman 8+, SMU earned three other top spots at the Head of the Colorado. The open double pair of Lauren Moore and Chantelle Conley, the novice 4+ crew of Lindsay Heyman, Savannah Moody, Sydney Crews, Amanda Esposito and Maggie Jones and the varsity 4+ team of Moore, Conley, Loni Albrecht, Miranda Zsigmond and Stephanie Gentile all placed first.
Off The Water...
Freshman Dominique Earland will showcase her talents as part of an abstract presentation at the Puerto Rico Science Conference's Minority Trainee Research Forum on March 14. She does this as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program through the Mustangs Bridge Program and the Distance Learning Center. The PSTP is directed by Dr. Moses Williams and Dr. Charles Knibb. The Distance Learning Center is "a revolutionary training paradigm generating new researchers for medicine, science, technology, engineering and math from underrepresented minority populations". Earland's abstract features The Role of IL-17 in Tumor Chemokine Production.