Junior Isabella Arcila was named the American Athletic Conference Female Swimmer of the Week, league officials announced on Tuesday. It is the first time a Mustang swimmer has earned the honor in the new conference.
“I am very proud of Isa’s performance this week,” Head Coach Steve Collins said. “She stepped up for the team in both the Rice and Houston meets.”
The Cali, Colombia, native led SMU at Rice on Friday evening with a record-setting performance in the 100-yard backstroke. Arcila finished in a time of 56.41 to break the previous record, which was set by fellow Mustang Therese Svendsen in 2011.
Arcila also won the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.37) at the event and finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (57.88). To open the event, she contributed to a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a team that included juniors Rachel Nicol and Nicole Parmenter and freshman Ursa Bezan.
At Houston, the 200-yard freestyle relay team (Arcila, Monika Babok, Nathalie Lindborg and Nina Rangelova) picked up the top spot, clocking in at 1:34.84.
For the second-straight event, Arcila was the victor in the 100-yard back (56.20), and added a second place finish in the 200-yard back (2:02.46).
Arcila and the Mustangs are back in action Nov. 21-23 for the Texas A&M Invite in College Station, Texas. Check SMUMustangs.com for ways to follow.
This release was provided to SwimSwam courtesy of SMU Swimming and Diving.