SMU Swimming and Diving Take Second and Third at Conference Championships

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

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 Swimming Shines in Day One of Conference USA Championship

February 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving hit the pool this week for the 2011 Conference USA Championships. In day one the Mustangs showed up strong swimming towards a first place start for the women and a fourth place start for the men.

The SMU women’s swim team swept both events in day one competition on Wednesday. The team of Therese Svendsen, Raminta Dvariskyte, Monika Babok and Nina Rangelova placed first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:38:40.

The Mustangs also earned top honors in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:12:50. This time earns the Mustangs consideration for the NCAA Championships next month.

The men also earned NCAA consideration in both of their events this weekend, earning runner-up honors in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.

In diving, Richard Cornelius earned a sixth place finish for the men with 285.55 points.

The Mustangs continues action in the Conference USA Championships for the rest of the week. You can watch it live here.