Mustangs Earn 200-Yard Freestyle Relay Championship On Night Two
Feb. 20, 2014
LOUISVILLE (SMU) - The 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Monika Babok, juniors Isabella Arcila and Nathalie Lindborg and freshman Marne Erasmus won the 200-yard freestyle relay to lead the SMU women's swimming and diving team on night two of The American Athletic Conference Championship.
The relay clocked in at 1:29.83 good for a new pool record and an NCAA `B' standard time.
SMU also accounted for four of the top eight spots in the 50-yard freestyle to highlight a successful night two.
Erasmus led the way with a second place finish as she clocked in at 22.68, while Arcila (22.80) finished fourth. Both recorded times under that of the previous pool record in the event. Fellow junior Nathalie Lindborg (22.98) finished sixth, and Babok (23.09) was eighth. In the consolation final, junior Nicole Parmenter placed fifth to score for the Mustangs. Erasmus, Arcila and Lindborg all posted NCAA `B' standard qualifying times.
Senior Nina Rangelova led the Mustangs in the 500-yard freestyle with a runner-up finish and a personal-best time of 4:43.97. Freshman Ursa Bezan also picked up valuable points clocking in at 4:50.69 for eighth place.
Junior Rachel Nicol was the lone Mustang in the 200-yard individual medley championship final and placed fifth with a `B' standard time of 2:01.60.
In the consolation final of the 200-IM, freshman Kirsty McLauchlan (2:01.86) improved her time from this morning by nearly four seconds to post a `B' standard time and the sixth fastest time overall in the event. Senior Deanna Matthews (2:03.12) and sophomore Anna Volchkov (2:06.95) also scored for the Mustangs.
In diving action earlier today, freshman Lauren Lamb scored for SMU with a 214 in the one-meter dive.
The Ponies have improved to second in the standings with a team score of 236. Louisville (376) continues to lead, while SMU is trailed by Rutgers (216), UConn (191), Cincinnati (152) and Houston (147).
SMU is back in action for day three of the Championship, which includes the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard medley relay. Follow the Mustangs on Twitter (@SMUSwimmingW) and like them on Facebook (/SMUSwimDiveW). All championship information can also be found here.