Junior Rachel Nicol
Oct. 18, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's swimming and diving team sits in fifth place, with a team score of 133.50, after night one of the SMU Classic at the Perkins Natatorium.
"It was a great first night of competition," Head Coach Steve Collins said. "We really stepped up as a team and I'm proud of us for that. Overall, there were a lot of meet records broken and it was very competitive."
Southern California, a team that finished out the 2012-13 season as the No. 1-ranked team in the CSCAA rankings, currently sits in first place with a team score of 158, while Indiana is second (153.50), North Carolina third (144), Louisville fourth (137) and the University of Miami sixth (89).
Each team was represented by eight student-athletes, and was allowed to participate with one diver.
Junior Isabella Arcila led the Mustangs as she finished first in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 22.78. The mark was just shy of the Classic record set in 2011 of 22.53. The Cali, Columbia, native also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke (54.04) behind IU sophomore Brooklyn Snodgrass, who set the new pool and Classic record (53.18).
Junior Rachel Nicol placed second in the closest event of the evening, the 100-yard backstroke. The Edmonton, Alberta, native finished the event in a time of 1:00.87, while Bronwyn Pasloski of Indiana finished in 1:00.85.
"This was probably one of the best performances from Rachel in the event, and it's great that it was in the first meet of the season," Collins said.
The 400-yard medley relay team of seniors Nina Rangelova and Monika Babok and juniors Arcila and Nicol started the evening off with an exciting second place finish. The team was narrowly edged out by the team from Indiana (3:36.43), and finished in a time of 3:36.67. Both times were under the meet record set by USC in 2012.
Rangelova also earned herself a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.22), while Babok finished tied for second in the consolation heat of the 50-yard freestyle (23.56).
In one-meter diving, freshman Lauren Lamb finished fourth with a total score of 217.80.
"I'm very proud of Lauren in her first collegiate competition," Collins said. "She really stepped up."
The Mustangs are back in action on Saturday for the final night of the SMU Classic. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Follow live results at SMUMustangs.com.
"We want to keep stepping up and continue to compete on day two," Collins added. "We have two great relays ahead of us tomorrow and a lot of strong races that give us the chance to move up in the standings."