Feb. 17, 2014
The inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, set for Feb. 19-22, kicks off the championship portion of the season. NCAA Diving Qualification follows March 9-11, and the NCAA Championship is set for March 20-22. Select Mustangs will close out the season at the Mesa Arena Grand Prix April 24-26.
Juniors Rachel Nicol and Isabella Arcila and freshman Marne Erasmus 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 (48th, 1:56.61). Erasmus is 46th in the 100 fly (53.50).
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, SMU is 10th in the 200 free and 13th in the 400 medley.
The Mustangs account for 32 top-ten times in individual events this season. In the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free, 200 back, 200 breast and 200 medley, 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.
Fifteen 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: North Texas...
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's swimming and diving team swept all 11 swimming events en route to a 141-96 win over North Texas on Friday afternoon in the Perkins Natatorium.
The Mustangs swept the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle as juniors Nathalie Lindborg (23.71) and Nicole Parmenter (24.29) and freshman Marne Erasmus (24.66) finished in that order to boost SMU's team score. Lindborg also won the 100-yard freestyle (51.72), with Parmenter placing second (53.65).
The 500-yard freestyle also saw SMU account for the top three performances as senior Nina Rangelova (4:58.25), and freshmen Kirsty McLauchlan (5:05.01) and Ursa Bezan (5:05.14) finished in order.
SMU started the meet by garnering the top-two finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. The combination of senior Monika Babok and juniors Isabella Arcila, Rachel Nicol and Parmenter finished in a time of 1:43.16 to lead the Mustangs. Senior Deanna Matthews and freshmen Tara-Lynn Nicholas, Bezan and Erasmus picked up second place points for SMU.
In the 200-free relay, Arcila, Lindborg, Babok and Rangelova (1:34.05) clocked the fastest time, with senior Lexi Farrar, McCall and sophomores Madison Meyer and Caitlin Gutschenritter (1:43.81) coming in with the second fastest mark.
The Mustangs also went one-two on the day in the 200-yard freestyle as Rangelova clocked in at 1:49.96 and Bezan followed in 1:53.25, and the 100-yard butterfly where Erasmus was first (55.67) and Babok second (56.44).
Alice McCall, who was the first individual victor of the meet for the Ponies, earned a commanding win in the 1,000-yard freestyle. The senior finished the event in a time of 10:19.23, which was over 20 seconds faster than her closest competitor.
Classmate Deanna Matthews was the victor in the 400-yard individual medley with a season-best time of 4:24.69, while McLauchlan was the second Mustang, and third overall, to touch the wall (4:30.22). Matthews also placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (59.77).
In her only individual event of the meet, Arcila paced all swimmers in the 100-back with a time of 56.21.
In the final individual event of the afternoon, Nicol (1:03.07) and Nicholas (1:04.35) lead all swimmers in the 100-yard breaststroke.
In diving action, freshman Lauren Lamb finished second in both the one-meter (249.97) and three-meter (238.27).