Anderson Sweeps Backstrokes; SMU Takes 6-Point Win Over Tulane


  • Jan. 25, 2020
  • Hosted by Tulane
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  1. SMU 153
  2. Tulane 147

The SMU women came away with a narrow win over AAC rival Tulane, 153 to 147. AAC Swimmer of the Week Felicia Anderson swept the backstrokes. Anderson was 2 seconds ahead of the field with a 56.19 in the 100 back. She took the lead up front in the 200 back, holding off Tulane’s Jordan Morling 2:01.09 to 2:01.40.

AAC Champion Erin Trahan was dominant in the 100 fly, touching in 55.54. Trahan was also 2nd in the 50 free with a 24.12, just a tenth behind Tulane’s Courtney Barker (24.02). In addition to winning the 50, Barker won the 100 free for a sprint sweep. She was the only one under 52 as she clocked a 51.98.

Kate McDonald led the way for Tulane with a winning triple. McDonald won the 100 breast by 4 seconds in 1:03.28. She came back to complete the sweep with a 2:16.68 in the 200 breast ahead of teammate Olivia Johnson (2:19.67). The pair put up another 1-2 finish in the 200 IM, with McDonald leading Johnson 2:03.83 to 2:04.99.


DALLAS (SMU) – The Mustangs won eight events, including a sweep of both diving events and both relays, and defeated American Athletic Conference opponent Tulane, 153-147, on Saturday afternoon in New Orleans.

Felicia AndersonGabi GroblerErin Trahan and Sam Smith opened the event with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 1:44.60, and Alex Stevens joined Trahan, Anderson and Smith for a win in the 200 free relay (1:35.00) to close the event.

Johanna Holloway and Nicole Stambo split diving victories, with Holloway winning 3 meter and Stambo taking 1 meter. Both Holloway (296.32) and Taylor Ohlhauser (293.10), SMU’s top-two finishers on 3 meter, came in above the NCAA Zone qualifying score, while Stambo (288.82) and Ohlhauser (272.62) did the same on 1 meter. Katie Crown placed third on both boards.

Reigning AAC Swimmer of the Week Anderson swept backstroke races for the second straight event, winning the 100 in a time of 56.19 and the 200 in 2:01.09. Grobler joined Anderson in the top three of the 200, finishing third at 2:04.34.

The butterfly team of Trahan and Olivia Grossklaus had the Mustangs on top again with Trahan (55.54) pacing the 100 field and Grossklaus (2:02.68) leading the 200. Trahan was also the runner-up in the 50 free (24.12), while Grossklaus was third in the 500 free (5:06.44).

Smith (100 free), Grobler (100 breast) and Janelle Gursoy (200 free) all posted additional runner-up performances for the Mustangs, while Elise Johnson posted a third place finish in the 100 breast.

SMU also picked up crucial third-place points from freshmen Frederica Kizek (1,000 free), Julia Yakushi (200 breast) and Valentina Becerra (100 fly) to contribute to the team total.

The Mustangs return to action Friday, Feb. 7 vs. No. 10 Texas for Senior Day.


NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane University swimming and diving team dropped a hard fought 153-147 decision to SMU on Saturday at the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium in what was the team’s final tune-up before the American Athletic Conference Championships.

Despite the loss, the Green Wave earned victories in eight events. Junior Kate McDonald led the way with three victories, as she claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:03.28), 200 breaststroke (2:16.68) and the 200 IM (2:03.83). With her three victories on the day, McDonald has now won 14 races this season.

Teammates Courtney Barker and Lilly Byrne also had strong days in the water as they finished with a pair of victories.

Barker won the 50 freestyle (24.02) and the 100 freestyle (51.98), while Byrne claimed the 200 freestyle (1:52.48) and 500 freestyle (4:57.99) events.

Senior Olivia Johnson concluded her collegiate career at home on a high note, as she won the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:03.80.

In diving, sophomore Anne Marie Kenny was the top Tulane finisher in the one and three meter dives, as she placed fourth in both events.

Tulane’s setback to SMU snapped the Green Wave’s two-year winning streak over the Mustangs. Last year the Green Wave tallied a 154-145 victory over the Mustangs and a posted a 172-127 win during the 2017-18 campaign.

Prior to the meet, Tulane honored seniors Claire GolbaValentina Gomez, Johnson, Jordan Morling and Morgan Tacik.

The Green Wave welcomed Special Olympic athletes, who competed at the Reily Center during the second break of competition. The Tulane swimming and diving team has worked with local Special Olympic athletes throughout the season, continuing a recent team tradition over the past several years.

Tulane returns to action on Feb. 19, as it heads to the 2020 American Athletic Conference Championships in Houston, Texas.

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