DALLAS - The SMU women’s swimming and diving team stands in first place with 164 points after the first night of action in the 2004 SMU Women’s Swimming & Diving Classic being held at Perkins Natatorium on the campus of SMU. The team finished off the night in impressive fashion winning the last event of the evening, the 800 free relay, while setting a meet and pool record in the process. The win vaulted them into the top spot.
Celina Lemmen, Candice Blackman, Anja Carman, Leane Darling, Roxane Akradi, Corrie Clark and Sarah Nordenstam all won races on Friday night to help the team recover from an early disqualification in the 400 medley relay.
Head coach Steve Collins was excited that his team was able to battle back from the disqualification.
“That disqualification was huge,” Collins said. “In a meet like this it can be difficult to catch up, but it was good that it happened in the first event. We really stepped up and won a lot of races and had some impressive team times.”
SMU won its first event of the night when Lemmen captured the 200 free with a time of 1:48.59. Freshman Carman and Akradi were next to hit the wall first for the Ponies as they won both the consolation and championship final in the 100 back.
Next up was the 100 breast which SMU also swept, winning both heats. Clark won the championship with a time of 1:03.05, while Nordenstam won the consolation clocking in at 1:04.66.
Three newcomers saw action for the Mustangs in the season’s first event and all had strong showings. Collins felt this was a great event to put the freshman into.
“I felt that they could be competitive and wanted to see what they could do,” Collins said. “This is a great event to put them in to prepare them for what it will be like at the NCAA’s and in conference.”
South Carolina’s Lauren King won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 274.15. SMU’s Elizabeth Pike finished second with a score of 260.75
The University of Washington is in second place with 141.50 points, followed by South Carolina (135), Indiana (128), Rice (102) and UBC (98.5).
Saturday’s full night of competition gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Perkins.