Mustangs Earn Pair Of Runner-Up Finishes On Night One Of Championship
Feb. 19, 2014
Louisville (SMU) - The SMU women's swimming and diving team earned a pair of second place finishes in the 800-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay on night one of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship.
"The team did a great job tonight," Head Coach Steve Collins said. "Our relay teams really stepped up, and both showed they can compete with the huge time drops they had."
To start the swimming events, the Ponies earned a second place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of senior Nina Rangelova, junior Nathalie Lindborg and freshmen Ursa Bezan and Kirsty McLauchlan clocked in at 7:10.70 behind the champion Cardinals of Louisville. The time was also a season-best performance and an NCAA 'B' qualifier, dropping from the previous time of 7:16.35.
In the 200-yard medley relay, senior Monika Babok, Lindborg and fellow juniors Isabella Arcila and Rachel Nicol finished in an NCAA `B' standard qualifying time of 1:38.58. The team was just narrowly edged out by the Cardinals, who finished in a time of 1:38.43 for a pool record. SMU's previous season-best time in the event was 1:39.31.
Freshman Lauren Lamb also competed for the Mustangs in the three-meter dive and earned a fifth-place finish in the consolation final with a score of 228.
"Lauren had one of her best performances and scored valuable points in the three-meter dive," Collins said.
The Ponies currently sit fourth in the standings with a team score of 72. Louisville sits atop the leader board with 122 points, while UConn (101) and Rutgers (83) are second and third, respectively. Houston (66) is fifth and Cincinnati (65) rounds out the group.
"We are looking forward to another exciting day on Thursday," Collins added.
SMU is back in action on Thursday for day two of the Championship. The day kicks off with preliminary events, including the one-meter dive, and will conclude with finals for the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, diving and the 200-yard freestyle relay in the evening.