Head Coach Steve Collins
March 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (SMU) - The 400-yard medley relay team of senior Nina Rangelova, juniors Isabella Arcila and Rachel Nicol and freshman Marne Erasmus placed 11th with a time of 3:31.66 on night one of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship.
"We had three great swims today," Head Coach Steve Collins said. "We work hard to be a team that excels in the relays and tonight showed that hard work is paying off."
For their top-16 placement, all four student-athletes earned All-America honors. It is the seventh All-America selection for Rangelova, while Arcila is now a five-time honoree, Nicol has earned a pair and Erasmus picked up her first.
The finish was also a school record for the Mustangs, which bested a 3:32.77 set in 2012.
"Tonight we had the best relay in school history with a school record and incredible splits," Collins said.
SMU also competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay prelims on day one, finishing 19th in a time of 1:29.65. Arcila, Rangelova and Erasmus, as well as senior Monika Babok, made up the group.
"Our 200-free relay just missed the finals by .09 seconds, but we came back and qualified in the medley," Collins added.
After day one of competition, SMU sits tied for 20th with 12 team points. The Mustangs return for day two action on Friday. Check the NCAA Championship Central page for a complete schedule and ways to follow.