Nov. 20, 2011
HOUSTON (SMU) - The SMU men's and women's swimming and diving teams won the Houston Invitational this weekend. The women had a final score of 855, while the men finished with 1474 points. The teams combined to post 13 NCAA B standard times.
Senior captain Therese Svendsen won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.52. Sophomore Deanna Matthews took second, clocking in at 1:58.39, while freshman Isabella Arcila placed third in 1:58.41. All three times were NCAA B consideration times.
The women also swept honors in the 200-yard breaststroke, again earning three NCAA B qualifying times. Freshman Erica Donadon won the event, touching the wall in 2:13.24. Senior Raminta Dvariskyte was second and freshman Rachel Nicol was third, finishing in 2:13.69 and 2:14.47, respectively.
Senior Denisa Smolenova placed first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.56 (NCAA B).
SMU finished the competition by earning big points in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Arcila, Konicke, Emily Vavourakis and Rangelova took first (3:19.63), while Eleonor Lindborg, Svendsen, Smolenova and Donadon were third (3:24.03). Both squads swam the event in NCAA B standards.
Richard Cornelius won the platform dive with a final score of 285.95.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, newcomer Nicolai Hansen placed second, clocking in at 2:04.85. Sophomore Matthew Napier-Jameson was third with a time of 2:08.10.
Freshman Paolo Stanchi took third in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.63).
The Mustang relay squad of Hansen, Koops, Giedrius Andriunaitis and Sadauskas posted an NCAA B time of 2:58.81 en route to first-place finish. Korosec, Roney, Gabriel Andonie and Mace Mulleady earned important points finishing third in the event with a time of 3:09.03.