SMU Men, LSU Women Lead After Day One Of SMU Invite

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November 22nd, 2019 College, News

SMU Invitational

Courtesy: SMU Athletics

DALLAS (SMU) – Newcomers Peter Smithson and Colin Feehery picked up wins for SMU and the Mustangs lead the field after day one of the SMU Invitational at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. The three-day event runs through Saturday.

Smithson had a career day to lead all divers on 3 meter, finishing with a six-dive 358.85. The total was good for an NCAA Zone qualifying score. Parker Hardigree was second in the event at 331.00, while freshman Dominic Hoefer (245.65) also advanced to the evening’s final and tied for seventh.

Feehery’s win came in the 200-yard individual medley, an event where he led three Mustangs in the Championship Final. The freshman came into the event prelims with an entry time of 1:55.52, and ended the day with a finals time of 1:47.45 for the win in the Championship Final. Brayden Rudd and Jackson Skigen tied for sixth in the final, touching the wall in 1:49.70.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Daniel Forndal (20.27) and Riley Hill (20.46) represented SMU in the A Final, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.

Petar Bozhilov (4:29.22) led the Mustangs in the 500-yard freestyle with a seventh place finish in the Championship Final, while Ralph Koo (49.43) was the top finisher for SMU in the 100-yard butterfly A Final at eighth.

In relay action, SMU opened the day with a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Forndal, Hill, Koo and Charlie Kay covered the distance in a season-best 1:20.87. The evening ended with Matan SegalCaleb Rhodenbaugh, Koo and Forndal coming in well under their top time for 2019 in the 400-yard medley relay at 3:14.77 for third.

The Mustangs racked up 305.5 points in the team standings, followed by LSU at 293 and UIW at 216 to round out the top three. Missouri State (210.5) sits fourth and TCU (201) fifth.

Action resumes Friday at 10 a.m. with 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 1-meter preliminary action. Friday finals include 200 medley and 800 free relays.

DALLAS (SMU) – Four Mustangs posted NCAA cuts to lead SMU to second place in the standings after night one of the SMU Invitational at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. The three-day event continues through Saturday.

Erin Trahan and Gabi Grobler both won individual events, coming in under the NCAA B standard on Thursday evening, while Nicole Stambo and Katie Crown posted NCAA Zone qualifying scores on 1 meter.

Trahan continued her dominance in the butterfly, posting a season-best 52.83 to win the 100 fly Championship Final, and teammate Valentina Becerra (55.30) joined her in the A Final with an eighth place finish. Trahan (22.91) was also fourth in the Championship Final of the 50-yard freestyle.

Grobler’s versatility continues to be on display with her victory in the 200-yard individual medley, as she posted her first-career NCAA B cut with a finals time of 1:59.49. Janelle Gursoy (2:03.41) was seventh in the race.

Olivia Grossklaus (4:52.33) and Frederica Kizek (4:53.51) led SMU in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing fourth and seventh, respectively.

Nicole Stambo (278.35) led Mustang divers, finishing second on 1 meter, while Katie Crown (275.60) and Taylor Ohlhauser (262.70) followed in third and fourth. Johanna Holloway (249.55) was also in the final and finished sixth.

Both Mustang relays finished second with Trahan, Sam Smith, Grobler and Gursoy opening the evening with a season-best 1:32.02 in the 200-yard freestyle relay and Felicia Anderson, Grobler, Trahan and Smith closing the evening with another season-topping time of 3:38.25 in the 400-yard medley relay.

LSU leads the team standings with 366.5 points, while SMU is second at 290.5. TCU is third at 168.5, New Mexico fourth at 157, Fresno State fifth at 119.5, Missouri State sixth at 115 and UIW seventh at 88.

Action continues Friday at 10 a.m. with 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 3-meter preliminary action. Friday finals include 200 medley and 800 free relays.

Courtesy: LSU Athletics

DALLAS –  The LSU Tigers completed day one of the SMU Invitational and the Art Adamson Invitational in what was a day of fast times and high scores for both the swimming and diving squads. There was a total of seven events that ended with the Tigers on top of the podium, positioning them for a great weekend going forward.

Women’s 200-Yard Freestyle

The team of Katarina MilutinovichOlivia TaylorHelen Grossman, and Grace Horton took the top spot to start the nightcap with a time of 1:31.00. The team of Natalie Kucsan, Kaite Smith, Summer Stanfield, and Emily Van De Wiele came in ninth place with a time of 1:34.23.

Men’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

The men’s squad also took the top spot in the 200 Free Relay. The team of Brooks CurryLewis CloughJack Jannasch, and Matt Klotz touched the wall in 1:18.46 to take the top spot. The team of Jeff Snoddy, Thomas RoarkThomas Spradley, and Cameron Karkoska swam a 1:23.07 to come in fifth place.

Women’s 500-Yard Freestyle

Two Tigers finished in the top-three in the ‘A’ Final. Lexi Daniels touched the wall in 4:50.30 to place second and Jolee Liles touched the wall in 4:52.18 to place third. Kit Hanley finished in ninth place after swimming a 4:55.60. Alyssa Helak finished in 13th place with a time of 4:58.05. Kylie Bennett placed 19th and Johannah Cangelosi placed 22nd with times of 5:02.15.

Women’s 100-Yard Butterfly

Tigers were all over the top of the leaderboard as Helen GrossmanEllie Baldwin, and Cassie Kalisz placed 2, 6, and 7 in the ‘A’ Final with times of 53.42, 54.93, and 55.04. Olivia Taylor and Natalie Kucsan placed ninth and 11th in the ‘B’ Final with times of 55.31 and 56.23.

Men’s 100-Yard Butterfly

Lewis Clough earned the gold medal, winning the event for the third time this season with a time of 47.85. Ben Hooper and Michael Petro earned sixth and seventh in the ‘A’ Final with times of 48.79 and 49.38. In the ‘B’ Final, Trent Schachter and Miguel Velasquez placed 10th and 12th with times of 48.97 and 49.64. Thomas Spradley placed 20th after touching the wall in 49.70.

Men’s 500-Yard Freestyle

Isak Vikstrom finished in sixth place after touching the wall in 4:28.44. Keagan Finley touched the wall in 4:36.70 to finish in 16th place. Brian McGroartyJulian Norman, and Braden Nyboer rounded out the Tigers in the event – finishing in 17th, 21st, and 22nd with times of 4:36.04, 4:39.85, and 4:42.23.

Women’s 200-Yard IM 

There were nine Tigers in the 200 IM Finals. In the ‘A’ Final, Nicole RozierSummer StanfieldNiamh RobinsonBrittany Thompson, and Olivia Paskulin finished in second, third, fourth, sixth, and eighth place with times of 1:59.66, 2:00.25, 2:01.18, 2:03.12, and 2:03.77. In the ‘B’ Final, Maddie Clifton finished in 10th place with a time of 2:02.82 and Alexandria Ham finished in 12th place with a time of 2:05.07. Emily Pye and Allie McDaid finished in 22nd and 28th place respectively both with times of 2:08.93.

Men’s 200-Yard IM

David Boylan finished in sixth place with a time of 1:49.08 and Luca Pfyffer finished in seventh place with a time of 1:49.46. Cameron Karkoska touched the wall in 1:52.11 to finish in 15th place.

Women’s 50-Yard Freestyle

Katarina Milutinovich improved on her ninth best time in school history that she set in this mornings prelims with a 22.73 to take the gold. Olivia Taylor swam a 22.81, the tenth fastest time in school history, to finish in third place. Helen Grossman and Grace Horton rounded out the Tigers in the top-ten as Grossman finished seventh with a time of 23.49 and Horton finished tenth with a time of 23.38. Natalie KucsanEmily Van De Wiele, and Katie Smith finished in 14th, 17th, and 20th place with times of 23.63, 23.39, and 23.97.

Men’s 50-Yard Freestyle

Three Tigers finished in the top-four as Matt Klotz took the top spot with a time of 19.67. Brooks Curry and Jack Jannasch finished second and fourth with times of 20.03 and 20.22. Jeff Snoddy, Thomas Roark, and Thomas Spradley finished in 15th, 23rd, and 24th place with times of 21.18, 21.37, and 21.39.

Women’s 400-Yard Medley Relay

The team of Kalisz, Paskulin, Grossman, and Milutinovich took the top spot with a time of 3:37.89. The team of Thompson, Ellen Pack,  Baldwin, and Taylor finished in fifth place with a time of 3:45.11.

Men’s 400-Yard Medley Relay

The team of Klotz, Pfyffer, Clough, and Curry completed the four win sweep for Tiger relays as they touched the wall in 3:12.25. Velasquez, Snoddy, Hooper, and Schachter touched the wall in 3:18.71 to place fifth.

Women’s One-Meter Springboard

Aimee Wilson earned the top spot in the Women’s One-Meter after diving to a score of 328.45. Hayley Montague finished in eighth place with a score of 272.35, which is the best score of her young collegiate career.

Men’s Three-Meter Springboard

Manny Vazquez Bas finished in third place with a new personal best score of 378.05. Dakota Hurbis also set a career best as the junior dove to a score of 349.45.

Head Swimming Coach Dave Geyer

Overall thoughts on the day…

“For the first full day, I think we took some positive steps. We put people in a position to score some points tonight and to win all four relays gave us great momentum going forward.”

On the freshman performing so well…

“For freshman to come into this type of environment and be able to knock out some best times is awesome. They put themselves in scoring situations and got some of that mid-season anxiety out of the way setting things up for the next few days.”

On expecting top-ten times at this point of the season…

“We know the talent is there. It’s stuff we have seen in training and close to seeing in dual meets so I think we always have that expectation for the talent on the team to perform at a high level. We still have a lot of racing to do but it’s a good sign of what we’ve done halfway through the year.”

Head Diving Coach Doug Shaffer

Overall thoughts on the day…

“What a terrific day one with all of the divers earning a trip to the finals. Aimee’s win was clutch and Hayley earned her zone score on one-meter. Also, it was awesome to see Manny set a new personal best on three-meter. I’m looking forward to the next two days.”

Courtesy: Missouri State Athletics

DALLAS, TEXAS – A pair of 500 freestyle first-place finishes from Libby Howell and Pawel Krawczyk highlighted the Missouri State swimming and diving team’s first day of competition at the SMU Invitational Thursday evening at Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center.

At the conclusion of day one, the women rank sixth among competing programs with 115 points while the men slot in at the fifth-place spot with 210.5.

MSU began the long-distance freestyle portion of the evening with back-to-back individual titles, starting with Howell’s last-second effort to edge past Power Five LSU’s Alexis Daniels, beating her by two-tenths of a second with a 4:50.13 mark.

“I was really happy with our day one performance,” said Howell. “The team has been putting in a lot of hard work and it’s exciting to see that effort rewarded.”

Moving to the men’s side, the Bears provided a 1-2 punch as Krawczyk and Antonio Thomas finished as the frontrunners in the 500 freestyle. Krawczyk touched the wall three seconds ahead of Thomas for the gold time of 4:20.20. MSU placed four of the top eight swimmers in the event as Sebastian Odent and Jonathan Hill rounded out the A-final contestants.

“This race was an almost perfect start to the meet,” said Krawczyk. “It loaded me with a huge amount of positive energy for the rest of the invitational.”

The Bears continued to impress in the later freestyle races, as Anna Miller and Samuel Senn each sported a top-three placement in the short-distance 50 freestyle.

Miller and Jacob Schultz pulled in key points for the Bears in the opening individual events, both placing fourth with times of 54.22 and 48.50, respectively.

Arthur Cury and Sydney Radloff capped the Bears’ A-final finishers in the 200 IM, as Radloff swam to a personal-best 2:02.04 mark while Cury took home the runner-up spot at 1:47.88.

“Today was a solid day of racing for everyone,” said Radloff. “I am especially proud of my swims today, including achieving a personal best time in the 200 IM.”

Michael Claunch finished behind a pair of SMU divers to claim third on the high dive, turning in a 320.60 effort.

The Bears resume competition tomorrow with prelims at 10 a.m.

Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

DALLAS, TEXAS — The University of New Mexico women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up day one of the SMU Invitational in Dallas, Texas on Thursday. The Lobos are sitting in fourth-place behind TCU with two days left of competition.

The squad had several strong performances during the first day of competition, notching seven top-10 finishes. The day was highlighted by four top-five finishes for the Lobos, including a bronze medal by freshman Nicholle Toh in the 100-yard fly (53.73). Toh was also a member the 400-yard medley relay squad placing third with a time of 3:44.50 along with senior Asami Terada, sophomore Hedda Øritsland and freshman Olivia Bishop.

Øritsland continued her success by grabbing the fifth-place spot in the 100-yard fly, touching the wall at 54.23. The standout sophomore also notched a ninth-place finish in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.30, less than a quarter of a second from the eighth-place spot. She also contributed to a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard free relay along with seniors Breanna Wiercinski and Talia Passarelli, as well as freshman Bishop (1:34.35).

Sophomore Bryndis Bolladottir had an impressive performance in the 500-yard free, clinching the sixth-place position with a time of 4:52.85, improving on her preliminary time by nearly three seconds.

UNM also saw a top-ten finish in the 1-meter diving event, with junior Sara Rogers garnering a score of 216.75, good for eighth-place.

Sophomore Mari Aoki had a solid showing in the 200-yard IM, finishing eleventh. Aoki was able to shave off nearly two seconds of her preliminary time in the finals, touching the wall at 2:04.78.

The Lobos will be back in the pool Friday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. MT inside SMU’s Robson and Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium.

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