Junior Rachel Nicol
Nov. 23, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (SMU) - The SMU women's swimming and diving team finished the Art Adamson Invitational in fourth place on Saturday evening. The Mustangs finished ahead of both TCU and Air Force. The host No. 4 Aggies took the crown, followed by No. 7 Stanford and LSU.
"This was a great opportunity to race some of the best teams in the country in the fastest meet in the country," Head Coach Steve Collins said. "We have competed well and established many top times."
Junior Rachel Nicol earned a fourth place finish for SMU in the 200-yard breaststroke finishing in a time of 2:12.06, once again reaching the NCAA `B' Standard.
"I am very excited for Rachel Nicol as she established a school record in the 100 breast this weekend," Collins added.
Also earning a fourth place finish at the event was the 400-yard freestyle relay team of seniors Monika Babok and Nina Rangelova and juniors Isabella Arcila and Nathalie Lindborg. The group posted a time of 3:19.38 which is a new season best. The previous season best time in the event was 3:29.90.
The combination of Arcila and Lindborg placed first and second in the B Final of the 100-yard freestyle. The pair posted season bests of 49.79 and 49.88, respectively. Both times met the NCAA `B' Standard as well.
In the 200-yard backstroke, senior Deanna Matthews recorded a `B' Standard performance, as her and freshman Ursa Bezan scored for SMU. Matthews was third in her final with a season best 1:58.40, while Bezan touched the wall in 2:02.36.
Freshman Lauren Lamb scored for the Mustangs in platform diving placing ninth.
"The next step of the season will be to prepare to improve on these individual and relay performances at the American Conference Championships," Collins said.