DALLAS - The SMU women’s swimming & diving team captured first place in the 11th Annual SMU Women’s Swimming and Diving Classic on Saturday totaling 346 points in the two night event. This is the fifth overall title for the Mustangs, who have finished in the top two nine of 11 times. For the second night in a row, SMU set a meet and pool record in the night’s final heat, the 200 free relay, to cap off a dominating performance.
SMU’s 400 free relay team started the night off in winning fashion, finishing first with a time of 3:25.15. The next Mustang win came in the 200 back when freshman Anja Carman touched first with a time of 1:58.26 in the championship final. Leane Darling also won a championship heat, taking first in the 100 free, touching in at 51.46. Next up was Carman, who once again showed why she is a top recruit and won the 200 fly final in 2:01.83.
Head coach Steve Collins was happy for his team and excited about the win.
“We continued our momentum like I hoped we would,” Collins said. “It was a great team effort all around and I see a lot of potential in this team. Breaking that record in the last event was awesome. That is a great in-season time and I feel we are ahead of where I expected and I think we really gelled as a team.”
South Carolina’s Lauren King won the three-meter diving event with a score of 294.60 and was also the outstanding diver of the event. SMU’s Liz Pike scored 284.00 in the three-meter, which was good for an NCAA qualifying score. Carman was awarded the high point swimmer award for the event.
Collins was surprised to learn that Carman won outstanding swimmer, considering the number of races she swam.
“This award is very difficult to get when you only swim in three finals and one consolation heat,” Collins said. “What a great achievement to get as a freshman and it is very well deserved.”
On the weekend, two meet and pool records were broken by the Mustangs. The first came in the 800 free relay to end the night on Friday and the second was Saturday in the 200 free relay, also the last event.
The lady Mustangs return to the pool Friday Oct. 29, at 6:00 p.m. when they host Texas A&M at Perkins Natatorium.