Mustangs Host National Powerhouses At SMU Classic

Go smu! Junior Isabella Arcila
Go smu!
Junior Isabella Arcila
Go smu!

Oct. 16, 2013

 SMU Classic
 Date  Friday, Oct. 18 & Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 - 6:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Dallas, Texas - Perkins Natatorium
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Looking Ahead...

   Following the SMU Classic, the Mustangs travel to Rice and Houston on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively, for a pair of dual meets. The Texas A&M Invite is set for Nov. 21-23 and USA Diving Nationals is the last event scheduled for 2013 and takes place Dec. 17-22.

    To start 2014, SMU divers are back in action at the Georgia Diving Invite (Jan. 3-5), and the swimmers take to the pool at Texas A&M (Jan. 11). On Jan. 31, the Ponies host North Texas, a team they saw at the UNT Relays on Oct. 4, before gearing up for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 19-22. Continuing in championship fashion, the NCAA Zone Diving Championships (March 9-11) and NCAA Championships (March 20-22) close out the 2013-14 schedule.

 Classic Opponents...

   The Mustangs host an accomplished group of teams in the annual SMU Classic. USC, Indiana, UNC, Louisville and the University of Miami visit Perkins Natatorium. USC earned a pair of individual titles and finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Championships, while Indiana and UNC also finished in the top 15. Miami recorded a 20th place finish and Louisville 22nd, which was just ahead of the Mustangs, who were 24th. Spectators can expect to see national champions and Olympians at Perkins on Friday and Saturday.  

 All-American Performances...

   Seniors Isabella Arcila and Nina Rangelova and juniors Monika Babok and Nathalie Lindborg earned All-America honors for their performances in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle events at the 2013 NCAA Championships. The relay team finished 10th in the 400-yard race in a time of 3:16.37, and 11th in the 200-yard event at 1:30.07.

   Rangelova is a six-time All-American, while Arcila and Babok have earned the honor four times and Lindborg received her first two accolades during the 2012-13 season.

Conference Standouts...  

   Isabella Arcila earned Conference USA Swimmer of the Year accolades a season ago, while Nathalie Lindborg was named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year.

   Arcila took home six first-place finishes at the 2013 conference meet and established a new meet standard in the 50-yard freestyle, as well as helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team to a record setting performance. Lindborg won five titles at the C-USA Championships, including a win in the 100-yard freestyle.

Fresh Faces...

   The Mustangs welcome five new faces to the roster for the 2013-14 season. The group includes a pair of divers in Lauren Lamb and Margaret Lindsay, while Ursa Bezan contributes in freestyle, Samantha Butz in fly and back and Brooke Jensen in distance races.

Looking Back...

   The Mustangs finished the 2012-13 season tied for 24th at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Four different student-athletes earned All-America honors, and Isabella Arcila earned conference Swimmer of the Year accolades, while Nathalie Lindborg took home Newcomer of the Year honors.

   SMU started the 2013-14 season at the UNT Relays in Southlake, Texas, on Oct. 4. The Ponies had a strong showing finishing third with 278 points. Houston, an American Athletic Conference opponent of the Mustangs, finished fourth in the meet registering a team score of 244. Arkansas, who finished last season tied for 18th in the CSCAA rankings, won the meet, while host North Texas finished second.