Tulane Won 14 of 16 Events to Top Georgia Southern

by SwimSwam 0

November 03rd, 2018 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Tulane at Georgia Southern

  • Tulane def. Georgia Southern 210-90
  • Results
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Nov. 3, 2018

Courtesy: Tulane Athletics

STATESBORO, Georgia – The Tulane University women’s swimming and diving team defeated Georgia Southern Saturday afternoon to pick up its second win of the year.

Tulane had nine different individuals earn victories, as it won 14 of the 16 events to win by a 210-90 count.

Senior Paris Zhang highlighted competition for the Green Wave as she claimed the 100 and 200-yard backstroke races and swam on both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Zhang won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 56.21 and the 200-yard backstroke in a performance of 2:04.91.

Kate McDonald continued her strong sophomore campaign, as she won a pair of races by claiming the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events. McDonald posted a winning time of 1:05.82 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke of 2:18.45 was nearly five seconds faster than the runner up.

Senior Michelle Zelnick chipped in with a strong performance as she won the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.07) and the 200-yard IM (2:04.88).

The Green Wave also claimed both relay events as they won the 200 yard medley relay (1:46.07) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:35.69).

Tulane returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Phill Hansel Invitational in Houston, Texas.

Courtesy: Georgia Southern Athletics

STATESBORO, Ga. – Tulane University Swimming & Diving picked up a 210-90 dual meet victory over host Georgia Southern on Saturday at the RAC in the Eagles’ final home meet of the 2018 calendar year.

The meet also represented Senior Day for eight Eagles – Morgan Fleming, Anna Kassis, Bri Mazzei, Anna Rose Moore, Hannah Mudge, Rachel Pelzek, Courtney Schaefer and Bre Stuart – who were honored in a pre-meet ceremony.

“I’m really proud of our seniors,” Georgia Southern Head Coach Amanda Caldwell said. “Going through three coaches, they’ve hung in there. They chose to come back and give it another whirl for one more year. I really appreciate the energy and the cameraderie they bring to the program.”

The meet saw the Green Wave, who are ranked No. 12 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com mid-major rankings, claim 14 of the 16 events on the day. The strongest swim for the Eagles came in the 50 Freestyle, where sophomore Mackenzie Brown (24.11) and senior Morgan Fleming (24.31) finished 1-2.

Sophomore Katie Knight also continued her strong fall on the boards, as she captured the 3 Meter Diving event with a score of 242.55. She also paced the Eagles in the 1 Meter Diving event by finishing second with a score of 247.95.

“I was really happy with how we raced today,” Caldwell said. “It was a lot better than Campbell. I saw some technical things pop out that looked a lot better. Making connections, things are clicking. Our two-hundreds were a little bit stronger, and the mile was good to get in and do in a dual meet, they’ve never done that before. That was a nice little challenge to have them coming away and feeling confident.”

Georgia Southern will be next in action on November 16-18, traveling to Lynchburg, Va., for the Liberty Invitational.

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