Junior Rachel Nicol
Feb. 21, 2014
LOUISVILLE (SMU) - Freshman Marne Erasmus took home the championship in the 100-yard butterfly in a time that set a new school standard and pool record to lead the SMU women's swimming and diving team on night three of The American Athletic Conference Championship.
Erasmus clocked in at 51.73, which bested a 51.89 posted by Martina Moravcova in 1999 and qualifies her for the NCAA Championship with an `A' standard time. Senior Monika Babok also scored for the Mustangs in the event posting a time of 55.03, good for fifth place. Junior Nicole Parmenter was the runner-up in the consolation final with a season-best 56.54.
Erasmus was also a part of the championship 400-yard medley relay team that finished with a 3:33.21 and posted both an NCAA `A' standard time and a pool record finish. The championship squad also included senior Nina Rangelova and juniors Rachel Nicol and Isabella Arcila.
"We are very excited abour our results tonight," Head Coach Steve Collins said. "We had great swims and our team stepped up in every event."
Nicol also posted a new school standard for SMU in the 100-yard breaststroke. Nicol finished second in the event with a time of 1:00.11, which breaks a record set by Corrie Clark (1:00.74) in 2005. Freshman Tara-Lynn Nicholas was not far behind as she touched the wall in a time of 1:00.78, good for third place. Senior Jordan Newman also scored in the event, finishing in 1:07.71.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Rangelova swam a season-best 1:45.00 and placed second, while freshman Ursa Bezan finished fourth clocking in with a season-best 1:47.87. In the consolation final of the event, junior Nathalie Lindborg (1:48.29) swam the event's fifth-fastest time for the top spot.
Arcila also earned runner-up honors for the Ponies as she finished the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 53.80. Sophomore Anna Volchkov posted a 56.05 to contribute to the team's score.
Freshman Kirsty McLauchlan and senior Deanna Matthews represented the Mustangs in the 400-yard individual medley final. McLauchlan posted a `B' standard time clocking in at 4:17.31, which was a career-best. Matthews swam a season-best 4:23.41 and placed sixth.
Heading into the final day of competition, the Mustangs are in second place with a team score of 443. The host Cardinals are on top with a 654, while Rutgers (378), Connecticut (309), Cincinnati (271) and Houston (228) follow in order.
"It was very exciting to have so many swimmers reach the podium," Collins added. "The 400-medley relay was a great example of that. I am very proud of our team tonight."
The final day of The American Championship kicks off with preliminaries at 10 a.m. ET. The evening concludes with a senior recognition ceremony and finals beginning at 5:35 p.m.