Mustangs Host North Texas Friday, Oklahoma Baptist Saturday
Jan. 29, 2014
SMU hosts North Texas on Friday for its final dual meet of the season, and welcomes Oklahoma Baptist to town for time trials on Saturday 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.
Seven Mustangs will be honored for their contributions to the SMU swimming and diving program prior to Saturday's event. Monika Babok, Rachel Balke, Lexi Farrar, Deanna Matthews, Alice McCall, Jordan Newman and Nina Rangelova make up the Mustangs' 2014 senior class.
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 22nd 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 the 800 free and 200 medley. On the national stage, the Ponies sit 10th in the 200 free and 14th in the 400 medley.
The Mustangs account for 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.
Fourteen Mustangs have posted NCAA "B" standard qualifying times so far during the 2013-14 season.
Isabella Arcila 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 in 2011.
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 on Jan. 11, Texas A&M held the No. 2 spot in the polls.
Looking Back: Austin Arena Grand Prix...
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior Rachel Nicol led the Mustangs with a third place finish and lifetime best in the 200-meter breaststroke on night one of the Austin Arena Grand Prix on Friday.
The Lethbridge, Alberta, native swam a 2:28.09 in the A final, which was faster than her preliminary time of 2:30.33. SMU alum Raminta Dvariskyte finished fifth in the A final representing the Mustangs, and freshman Tara-Lynn Nicholas swam in the B final and touched the wall in a time of 2:38.58.
Freshman Ursa Bezan competed in the B final of the 400-meter freestyle and placed sixth (14th overall) with a time of 4:23.16.
Senior Nina Rangelova clocked in at 56.91 in the B final of the 100-meter freestyle, improving on her time of 57.25 in the preliminary event earlier today.
In the final women's event of the first half of the night, freshman Marne Erasmus placed fourth (12th overall) in the B final of the 100-meter butterfly. She clocked in at 1:01.96.
Rangelova also placed sixth in the A final of the 200-meter freestyle to lead SMU on night two. She finished the event in a time of 2:01.72, which was faster than her preliminary time of 2:03.08 swam earlier on Saturday.
In the 50-meter freestyle, the Mustangs were represented by the trio of Rangelova and juniors Isabella Arcila and Nathalie Lindborg. The three placed fifth (Arcila), sixth (Lindborg) and seventh (Rangelova) in the event's B final. Arcila clocked in at 26.44, Lindborg at 26.45 and Rangelova at 26.60. All three times were faster than their preliminary finishes.
Nicol and Arcila both finished fourth in their respective events to lead SMU on the final night of the Austin Arena Grand Prix Sunday.
Nicol, who placed third and swam a lifetime best in the 200-meter breaststroke on night one of the grand prix, finished fourth in the posting a 1:08.79, which was faster than her preliminary time of 1:09.44.
Classmate Arcila posted a 1:02.04 in the 100-meter backstroke to finish fourth overall. Arcila's time was also an improvement from her prelim time.
In the B final of the 100-breast, freshman Tara-Lynn Nicholas topped all other swimmers to place ninth overall in the event with a time of 1:11.33.
Rangelova placed fourth (12th overall) in the 200-meter individual medley B final clocking in at 2:21.38.