SMU Athletics: Spring Break Recap

March 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

While most SMU students were at home or on a beach somewhere, the devoted SMU students athletes continued to play as their season continued on.

It was a successful week for the Mustangs with men’s basketball, women’s swimming and track all stepping up to the plate and delivering for SMU athletics.

Men’s Baksetball

Over spring break, men’s basketball won it’s first postseason game since 1988 with a victory over Oral Roberts in round one of the CIT (CollegeInsider.com Tournament). This was SMU’s first postseason appearance since 2000.

In the victory, senior Papa Dia continued his regular season dominace with 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. The victory allowed SMU to continue on to round two of the CIT.

In the second round of the CIT the Mustangs came up successful against Jacksonville. In the 63-62 victory, the Mustangs shot 63.2 percent from the field, topping jacksonville’s 35.1 percent.

Papa Dia continued to impress with 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Jeremiah Samarippas had a career-high 16 points, hitting 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.

The Mustangs compete in the quarterfinals of the CIT this Monday, March 21 against Northern Iowa.

Women’s Swimming

Women’s swimming finished out their 2010-2011 season with a 36th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Junior swimmer Therese Svendsen earned the honor of All-American as she placed ninth in the 100-yard backstoke. Freshmen Nina Rangelova and Genny Konicke also competed for SMU in the NCAA Championships.

Track and Field

SMU track and field kicked of their 2011 outdoor season last week at the TCU invitational. Several Mustangs set personal bests while in Fort Worth.

Junior Ayla Gill went for 61.70 meters in the hammer throw, topping the rest of the field by over ten meters and setting her personal best.

Egheosa Osawemsenza and Mary Alenbratt also set personal bests with a 1:03.86 finish in the 400 meter hurdles and a 2:09.81 second place finish in the 800 meter run respectively.

Viktoria Leks and Lisa Egarter took the second and third spots in the high jump while Silje Fjortoft and Lara Bodinson also placed second and third respectively in the 1500 meter run.

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 Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams Earn 5th Straight C-USA Titles

February 28, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The SMU men’s and women’s swim teams each wrapped up their fifth consecutive Conference USA titles by wide margins Saturday at the CRWC Natatorium on the University of Houston campus.

It also marked the 14th straight conference title for the Mustangs dating back to 1997, when they were part of the Western Athletic Conference.

The SMU men compiled 871 points at the four-day event to beat runner-up Hawaii (833) while the women tallied 707 points to race past second-place East Carolina University (611).

On Wednesday, the Mustangs won the women’s 200 yard medley relay (1:39.25) with a lineup of Gabriella Soza, Devon Callaghan, Denisa Smolenova and Justine Clark.

Later, Sascha Van den Branden and Therese Svendsen joined Callaghan and Clark to post another first-place finish and NCAA “B” Qualifying time (7:11.99) in the 800 yard freestyle relay.

Junior Matthew Culbertson won the 1 meter diving event (361.45) for SMU before the men’s squad won the 200 yard medley relay (1:26.78) with Pontus Renholm, Hal Eubanks, David Larsson and Thomas Fadnes.

In the 800 yard freestyle relay, Nate Clark, Ed Downes, Blaz Korosec and Mindaugas Sadauskas combined to give the Mustangs another win and another NCAA “B” Qualifying time (6:28.94).

Both the men’s and women’s teams followed up with wins Thursday in the 400 yard medley relays (times of 3:12.29 and 3:36.97, respectively), and Callaghan won the women’s 200 yard individual medley with an NCAA “B” Qualifying time of 2:00.03.

SMU also took the top three finishes in the men’s 50 yard freestyle, including Fadnes (20.10 seconds), Sadauskas (20.16) and Larsson (20.26).

Friday saw more relay wins for the Mustangs, this time in the both the men’s and women’s 200 yard freestyle events with times of 1:19.07 and 1:31.84, respectively.

Culbertson won his second title of the tournament in the 3 meter diving event with a score of 411.25, and SMU claimed individual victories in the women’s 200 yard freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke, 100 yard backstroke and 100 yard butterfly.

For the men, Tom Cole (53.82 seconds) and Eubanks (55.02) each posted NCAA “B” Qualifying times in the 100 yard breaststroke while Renholm (47.76) and Sadauskas (48.61) placed first and second in the 100 yard backstroke event.

Both teams won the final relay event Saturday, the 400 freestyle, as the men posted an NCAA Qualifying time (2:56.72) while the women earned an NCAA “B” Qualifying time (3:19.24).

The Mustang men also recorded individual victories in the 1650 yard free, 200 yard breaststroke, 200 yard backstroke, 200 yard butterfly and 100 yard free, and Svendsen women’s 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.98

The SMU men’s and women’s swim teams will both travel to Austin this weekend for the Austin Grand Prix, to be held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center Mar. 4-6.