SMU Swimming and Diving Take Second and Third at Conference Championships

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving concluded the Conference USA Championships Sunday by setting four meet records. The men’s team earned runner-up honors, while the women placed third overall.

Senior captain Tom Cole set the example by earning top honors in the 200-yard breaststroke, earning him a time of 1:54.54 and setting a new meet record and earning him an NCAA B qualifying time. The captain was also named the Men’s Invitational Co-Swimmer of the meet along with Luca Mazzurana of Hawai’i. Cole aslo took top honors in the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA B time of 53.44.

Junior Mitchell Thomson excelled at long distances turning in a 15:1.78 time in the 1650-yard freestyle. The time earns Thomson NCAA B consideration.

The youngsters were also strong for the Mustangs this week. Sophomore Mindaugas Sadauskas also set a a new meet record in the 100-yard freestyle. The 43.04 time earns him an NCAA B consideration time. Freshman Braeden Newton took third in the 200-yard backstroke earning him a time of 1:29.23.

The women also put forth a strong performance last week. Junior Therese Svendsen was named Women’s Swimmer of the Meet for her second-straight year. Svendsen earned six gold medals at the event, setting Conferece USA record in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes, breaking her own personal records and earning her NCAA B qualifying times.

Senior Audra Egenolf had a strong performance at the Championships as well, earning the Diver of the Year award with her first place finish and two second place finishes. Egenolf is qualified to compete in the NCAA Zone Diving Championships next month.

The underclassmen did well for the women as well. Freshman Alice McCall came in first in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time on 16:38.83, earning her a NCAA B qualifying time.

Watch out for these strong competitors in the NCAA Championships on March 17-19 in Austin, Texas for the women and on March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the men.

SMU Diver Wins Service Award

March 31, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

SMU women’s diver Audra Egenolf was named one of the 12 recipients of the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award Wednesday, recognizing her service in the community and high academic standing.

Egenolf is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Lamda Delta Honor Society. Her strong acadmeic achievements helped the Mustangs’ swimming and diving team win the CSCAA Scholar-Athlete Award for its Fall 2009 performance in the classroom.

In support of National Girls in Sports Day, Egenolf volunteered her time at the Tour de Fuer race water stations assissting participants.

The junior diver posted a seventh-place finish in the 3-meter dive at nationals for SMU.

The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season, with Wednesday’s honorees representing Conference USA’s winter sports: basketball, indoor track and field and swimming and diving.

Allison Spivey, East Carolina, Women’s Basketball
Roxana Button, Houston, Women’s Basketball
Lauren DeHays, Marshall, Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Steffen Nerdal, Memphis, Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Shyrelle Horne, Rice, Women’s Basketball
Audra Egenolf, SMU, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Pauline Love, Southern Miss, Women’s Basketball
Nicolette Taku, Tulane, Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Jessica Ford, Tulsa, Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Amanda Peterson, UAB, Women’s Basketball
LaKendra Thames, UCF, Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Hans Eriksson, UTEP, Men’s Indoor Track and Field