Rice Goes 3-0 In Duals With North Texas, SMU & Tulane

Rice vs Tulane vs North Texas vs SMU (Women)

  • January 19-20, 2024
  • Dallas, Texas
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results

Courtesy: Rice Athletics

In Brief:  Senior Imogen Meers and sophomore Ella Dyson led the way with a combined six individual titles as Rice swept three simultaneous dual meets against SMU, North Texas and Tulane at the SMU Duals on Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

The Details: Meers posted four titles on the weekend, also helping Rice finish first in the 200-yard medley relay. With Meers swimming as the anchor leg alongside sophomore Ava Hamblett, freshman Siiri Einio and junior Arielle Hayon, the Owls placed first with a time of 1:42.72. Meers also posted victories in the 100-yard backstroke (55.77), 200-yard backstroke (2:00.19), 50-yard freestyle (23.58) and 200-yard individual medley (2:06.59). Dyson led the efforts of the Owls’ distance squad, placing first in both the 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyles with times of 4:53.01 and 10:05.96, respectively. Graduate senior Shannon Campbell followed close behind in both events with respective times of 4:59.22 and 10:10.47, while junior Amelia Kane made it a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a third-place finish and a time of 10:11.94. Kane also won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:23.91. In breaststroke events, Einio posted another two titles for the Owls, winning both the 100-yard and 200-yard distances with times of 1:02.99 and 2:19.59, respectively.

Rice went 3-0 in simultaneous dual competitions against three AAC foes in SMU (186-161), North Texas (238-109) and Tulane (225-119.5).

Up Next: Rice is set to compete in a three-team meet against Houston and Miami (FL) at the CRWC Natatorium on Friday, Jan. 26, before returning to the Rice Competition Pool on Saturday, Jan. 27, to celebrate Senior Day against Miami.

Courtesy: SMU Athletics

DALLAS (SMU) — SMU women’s swim and dive closed out its quad meet against UNT, Tulane and Rice with three wins and five second place finishes during the final day of competition on Saturday.

The first event of the day saw Jimena LealMaddy LewisValentina Becerra and Johanna Gudmundsdottir combine for second with a time of 1:43 in the 200 medley relay.

“We feel really good,” head coach Ozzie Quevedo said. “I think relays are definitely going to be one of our strengths. We have a lot of depth in those events and opportunities to learn from some newcomers we’ve added.”

In the 200 breast, Lewis earned another second place finish as she touched the wall in 2:21.23.

Coming off of a second place finish in the 100 back on Friday, Leal finished the 200 back in 2:02.55 to claim third on Saturday’s backstroke event.

SMU had another one, two punch in the diving well with Nicole Stambo and Jaclynn Fowler placing first and second in both diving events of the meet.

Saturday’s 1 meter championship saw Fowler take the victory out of 14 divers with a score of 289.40 points. Stambo followed right behind her in second, totaling 276.30.

“How we placed is really exciting,” Fowler said. “It’s good going into conference coming up because we’re going to be competing against these girls. We’re going to keep training and working hard to make our corrections.”

The Mustangs took first and third in the 100 free. Lucrezia Napoletano won with a time of 51.44, with Gudmundsdottir following in third — touching in 52.43.

Senior Jenna Watson touched the wall in 200 IM in 2:06.74 to take second, just 0.15 seconds from tying for first.

The final event of the quad meet was the 200 free relay, with Gudmundsdottir, freshman Isabella Bedoya, Napoletano and Indra Vandenbussche combining to win the race with a time of 1:33.91.

Final Scores

SMU 246, UNT 107

SMU 233.50, Tulane 117.50

Rice 186, SMU 161

Up Next

Next, the Mustangs will travel to College Station, Texas to compete in a dual meet against Texas A&M on Friday, Feb. 2. SMU will then travel to Houston the following day to take on the Cougars before returning to the Robson and Lindley Aquatics Center on Feb. 9 for Senior Day against Texas.

“Senior day is exciting,” Quevedo said. “It’s exciting to make sure that we do what’s right. The seniors have brought a lot into the program. We’re excited to be able to honor them, excited to have their families here and to make sure that they understand that this was a very good decision for them to come to SMU where we value them.”

Courtesy: Tulane Athletics

DALLAS, TX – Tulane’s Victoria Raymond took down both butterfly events this weekend and the Green Wave posted a one-point team win (176-175) over North Texas as the program completed its first competition of 2024.

Raymond (2:01.88) won the 200 Fly, one day after recording the triumph in the 100 Fly (54.25).

The Green Wave’s quartet of Quinlan HinerfeldEmma Brady, Raymond and Grace Dale represented the team in the 200 Medley Relay (1:46.94), while Ece Tanriverdi (5:11.69) led the way in the 500 Free.

Natalia Strongyli (2:28.29) showed the way in the 200 Breast and Hinerfeld (2:03.08) did the same in the 200 Back.

Katie Lipsey (2:28.75) was the team’s top diver on the 1-meter board, while Olcaytu Hatipoglu (53.03) was tops in the 100 Free.

Andrea Zeebe was the team’s leader in the 200 IM (2:07.81).

The 200 Free Relay team of Hatipoglu, Eleanor McMeenRiley Hendrix and Dale closed the show in 1:37.86.

Tulane also fell to host SMU (233.5-117.5) and Rice (225.5-119.5) during the course of the quad meet. The meet’s full results are on the link at the top of the page.

“The team performed very well going up against conference teams for the first time this season,” said head coach Amanda Caldwell. “The swimmers showed a lot of grit in their racing and the divers bounced back stronger on the 1-meter board this afternoon. There was a lot of discipline and basic skills popping up that we have been working on this season and there are still some things to clean up before we come back to Dallas next month for the AAC Championships.”

The team will be back in action Saturday, February 3 at Vanderbilt.

Courtesy: Mean Green Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK – The UNT swimming and diving team had a preview at the American Athletic Conference Championship on Friday and Saturday as the Mean Green competed in a quad meet against three conference foes at the site of the upcoming conference championship at SMU.

UNT took on SMU, RIce and Tulane in the quad meet and came away with several encouraging finishes and personal bests.

The Mean Green took seven top-3 finishes and several fourth-place showings at the meet, led by junior Shaena McCloud’s second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (51.56) and third-place showing in the 50 freestyle (23.86). McCloud also swam the third leg on the 200 freestyle relay team (along with Noelle MarshSamantha Robles and Emily Ally) that finished third in 1:37.18.

Junior Kailey Turner and senior Diana Kolb rounded out the third-place finishes in the swim events, as Turner took third in the 200 butterfly (2:04.87) and Kolb was third in the 100 backstroke (56.13). The Mean Green also brought home a pair of third-place finishes in the diving events, as Saylor Hawkins took third in the 3-meter springboard (264.00) and freshman Sydney Guidara finished third in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 249.50.

“This weekend, our athletes had a great showing throughout the weekend of competition,” UNT head coach Brittany Roth said. “The consistent work our team members have been putting in is helping them as they continue making steps forward. So many team members swam their best dual meet performances this weekend, a feat that is very difficult in the training cycle of January. Shaena McCloud has been putting in the work in the weight room, and she is reaping the benefits through her power and ability to race fast consistently through each event. Diana Kolb’s range in backstroke and IM and her work in and out of the pool and her thoroughness on taking care of her rest and recovery has her swimming better than through the earlier days of her career.

Kennedy Eichler had an awesome 1,000 freestyle, it is so fun seeing her willingness to go after big goals and bring that mindset to training day in and day out. Kailey Turner has had an amazing season thus far, and this weekend she continued to show her tenacity and toughness. I enjoy watching Kailey own her strength and put herself in a position to attack the back portion of a swim and close with the best of them. Noelle Marsh continues to fight tooth and nail for everything in her path. She is all heart and all grit, there is not one ounce of quit in that girl, and it’s the reason our team looks to her leadership. Samantha Robles had an awesome meet and came through for the team in her relay swims and even raced the 200 fly, an event that we put on the shelf for her, and did awesome for the team!”

The Mean Green will have a quick turnaround as they travel to Little Rock for a meet on Saturday, before the conference championship back at SMU on Feb. 22-25.

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