Jan. 15, 2014
SMU hosts North Texas on Jan. 31, a team they saw at the UNT Relays on Oct. 4, before gearing up for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship Feb. 19-22. Continuing in championship fashion, the NCAA Zone Diving Championship (March 9-11) and NCAA Championship (March 20-22) close out the 2013-14 schedule.
Select Mustangs will also make a stop at the Mesa Grand Prix April 24-26.
Juniors Rachel Nicol
and Isabella Arcila
are making a splash on the national stage. Nicol's times rank 16th-best in the nation in the 200 breast (2:10.02) and 21st in the 100 breast (1:00.51). Arcila is also in the top 50 in the 100 (43rd, 53.66) and 200 back (47th, 1:56.61).
SMU holds the top spot in The American Conference in three relays (200 free, 400 free and 400 medley). The Mustangs rank second, behind Louisville, in only the 800 free and 200 medley.
On the national stage, the Ponies sit 10th in the 200 free, 13th in the 400 medley, 19th in the 200 medley, 20th in the 800 free and 21st in the 400 free.
The Mustangs hold 27 top-ten times in individual events this season. In the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free and 200 back, SMU holds three of the top-10 performances. Junior Rachel Nicol
owns the fastest times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, while classmate Isabella Arcila
registers the top spot in the 200 backstroke.
was named the American Athletic Conference Female Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 5. The Cali, Colombia, native led SMU at Rice on Nov. 1 with a record-setting performance in the 100-yard backstroke. Arcila finished in a time of 56.41 to break the previous record, which was set by fellow Mustang Therese Svendsen
Arcila also won the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.37) at the event and finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (57.88). To open the event, she contributed to a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a team that included juniors Rachel Nicol
and Nicole Parmenter
and freshman Ursa Bezan
At Houston on Nov. 2, the 200-yard freestyle relay team (Arcila, Monika Babok
, Nathalie Lindborg
and Nina Rangelova
) picked up the top spot, clocking in at 1:34.84. For the second-straight event, Arcila was the victor in the 100-yard back (56.20), and added a second place finish in the 200-yard back (2:02.46).
Ranking The Competition...
At the SMU Classic Oct. 18-19, the Mustangs faced four teams that were ranked in the top 25 of the final 2012-13 NCAA/CSCAA Rankings. USC (1), Indiana (13), North Carolina (15) and Louisville (16) were all present on the Hilltop.
The Texas A&M Invite Nov. 21-23 featured the host Aggies, who were then-ranked No. 4, and then-No. 7 Stanford. When the Mustangs traveled to College Station last weekend, Texas A&M held the No. 2 spot in the polls.
Looking Back: Mustangs At No. 2 Texas A&M...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (SMU) - The SMU women's swimming and diving team fell, 174-110, at No. 2 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon in the Student Recreation Center.
Junior Isabella Arcila
led the Mustangs with a first place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.25. She also placed second in the 200-yard back, finishing in 2:03.35.
The 200-freestyle relay team of Arcila, seniors Monika Babok
and Nina Rangelova
and junior Nathalie Lindborg
picked up SMU's other top spot by clocking in at 1:35.56 to win the event.
Rangelova also picked up a pair of second place finishes for SMU as she scored for the Ponies in the 200-yard (1:51.28) and the 500-yard (4:56.95) freestyle events. Freshman Ursa Bezan
also earned points for the Mustangs in the 200- and 500-free by placing fifth and third, respectively. Senior Alice McCall
rounded out the scoring in the 500-free finishing fifth.
In other freestyle events, Nathalie Lindborg
and classmate Nicole Parmenter
placed second and third in the 100, while senior Lexi Farrar
added points coming in fourth. Lindborg also placed fourth in the 50, with Babok coming in fifth. McCall and sophomore Madison Meyer
touched the wall fourth and fifth in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
Junior Rachel Nicol
, who has been consistently strong in the breaststroke, scored second and fourth place points for SMU in the 200- (2:21.66) and 100- (1:04.04) breast, respectively. Newcomer Tara-Lynn Nicholas
placed third and senior Jordan Newman
placed fourth in the 200 event.
Senior Deanna Matthews
scored for the Mustangs by picking up third place points in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing just ahead of sophomore Anna Volchkov
. In the 100-yard event, Parmenter picked up fifth.
The 100-yard butterfly saw SMU newcomer Marne Erasmus
place second, while Babok finished third. The 200-fly featured fourth and fifth place finishes from McCall and sophomore Elizabeth Krane
Freshmen Lauren Lamb
and Margaret Lindsay
represented SMU in the one- and three-meter dives with Lamb taking second in the three-meter (244.21) and Lindsay placing third (185.63). In one meter, the pair switched places with Lindsay placing second (220.05) and Lamb third (214.43).
Bezan, Nicol and Matthews closed out the individual events with second through fourth place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley.