Press Release courtesy of SMU Athletics
The SMU women’s swimming and diving team hosts North Texas Friday at 5 p.m. at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. It will serve as Senior Day for five Mustangs with the ceremony beginning at 4:45 p.m. Live video and results can be found atSMUMustangs.com/live, with results also available on the Meet Mobile App ($).
Kathleen Charron, Kyra Kondis, Alexandra Manasso, Matea Samardzic and Adrienn Santa will be honored prior to the event for the contributions to the program.
Four Mustangs have posted NCAA B Cuts so far this season, with Samardzic clocking times in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, as well as the 200 and 400 individual medleys. Both Erin Trahan and Felicity Passon are under the provisional standard in the 100 fly, while Andrea Podmanikova is under in the 200 breast.
SMU has had nothing short of a challenging schedule this season, facing nine teams that are currently ranked or receiving votes in the most recent CSCAA / TYR Top 25 Poll, including the top 3.
In the classroom, the Mustangs have been recognized by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as a Scholar All-America team, the organization announced Monday. This is the first of two possible team awards given out by the CSCAA this season, and is awarded to programs who registered at least a 3.0 grade-point-average during the fall semester. The Mustangs boasted a 3.50 GPA in the fall, the 42nd highest among 173 eligible Division I women’s teams and the highest, along with ECU, in the American Athletic Conference.
North Texas is 3-2 in dual action this season with wins over Little Rock, Incarnate Word and TCU, and losses at Houston and Rice. The Mean Green have a pair of NCAA provisional cuts from Sarah Vaisse (100 breast) and Claudia Kitching (200 breast). UNT finished fourth at the 2017 CUSA Championships.
Up Next: SMU hosts a pre-conference time trial event Saturday with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Championship season kicks off Feb. 14-17 with the American Athletic Conference Championships at The Nat, and continues with NCAA Zone Diving (March 5-7) and the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships (March 14-17).