DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 6 SMU women’s swimming team improved their dual meet record to 4-3 on the season Friday, as they defeated the Rice Lady Owls 125-76 at Perkins Natatorium. SMU was victorious in nine of the 11 events held. Two-time NCAA Champion Flavia Rigamonti continued her dominance in the distance free events, winning the 1000 free in 9:48.75, almost 22 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. The Mustangs also won both relay events to bookend the impressive evening.
Freshmen Anja Carman (1:50.43) and Katie Roberts (1:51.23) finished first and second in the 200 free to help strengthen the Mustang lead. SMU also finished one-two in both the 100 and 500 free. Senior Corrie Clark, swimming in her last home meet for SMU, had two first-place finishes. She touched the wall first in the 200 IM (2:05.90) and 100 breast (1:04.55).
Head coach Steve Collins was pleased to see his team swim well in its last home meet before the WAC Championships.
“This was our last home meet before the championship part of the season and I was glad to see that we are beginning to sharpen up a little bit,” Collins said. “Rice is one of the tougher teams in our conference and we wanted to swim a tougher lineup against them today and I thought the team did a very good job.”
The SMU women’s swimming & diving team will return to the water Feb. 11-12, at the U.S. World Cup in Long Island, N.Y. The 2004-05 WAC Swimming & Diving Championships will be held Feb. 23-26, in San Antonio, Texas.