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Women's swimming/diving finishes second at AAC Championship

Postby PonyPride » Mon Feb 26, 2024 11:34 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

Mustangs Claim Second In The 2024 American Athletic Championship

DALLAS (SMU/American Athletic Conference) — In head coach Ozzie Quevedo's first American Athletic Conference Championship, the SMU Women's Swimming and Diving program took home second. The final day of the meet saw four NCAA B-Standards and four appearances for SMU on the podiums.

Head diving coach Darian Schmidt also earned the title of Co-Diving Coach of the Year by the conference, his seventh time receiving the award in his seventh season.

"I feel very, very happy. I'm super proud of the girls," Quevedo said. "Both our divers and swimmers did a phenomenal job and I think the entire staff did a great job the entire season. We drew a plan and stuck to it, and this is exactly what we were hoping for."

Final Team Results
FIU - 778.50
SMU - 666
Rice - 593
ECU - 446
UNT - 417
FAU - 379
Tulane - 336.50
Women's Championship Awards
Darian Schmidt - Co-Diving Coach of the Year
"I just feel good that my divers dove well," Schmidt said. "The award is because of their performance and shows that hard work paid off and that they executed and performed when it mattered most."

Sunday NCAA Standards
100 Free - Johanna Gudmundsdottir - 49.22 (NCAA B Standard)*
200 Back - Jimena Leal - 1:56.42 (NCAA B Standard)*
200 Back - Jimena Leal - 1:55.19 (NCAA B Standard)
100 Free - Johanna Gudmundsdottir - 49.08 (NCAA B Standard)
* Denotes time from preliminary session

Sunday Night Event Podium Finishes
200 Back - 1:55.19 - First - Jimena Leal
100 Free - 49.08 - Second - Johanna Gudmundsdottir
Team Diving - 331.15 - First - Jaclynn Fowler, Nicole Stambo, Ava Andersen
400 Free Relay - 3:17.65 - First - Indra Vandenbussche, Johanna Gudmundsdottir, Lucrezia Napoletano, Tiffanie Ruan

Sunday Night Noteworthy Results
200 Back
In the 200 back championship final, sophomore Jimena Leal logged a B-Cut, touching the wall in 1:55.19. She improved her time from preliminaries, also a NCAA B Standard, by over one second. Leal's time is now the sixth best time in program history for the Mustangs.
"That is exactly the result you get from training the way Jimena did," Quevedo said. "She trusts the process and I'm not surprised. She has a lot more in store for herself."

100 Free
Johanna Gudmundsdottir took home the silver medal, finishing the race in 49.08 for the Mustangs fourth NCAA B Standard of the day.

Team Diving
Ava Andersen, Jaclynn Fowler and Nicole Stambo combined to score 331.15 to claim the victory in the team diving event. Over the four days of the championships, diving placed in the top three on four different occasions.
"The team diving event was a lot of fun. I felt like we all did our part and it paid off with the gold," Fowler said.

400 Free Relay
In the final event of the championship, Indra Vandebussche, Johanna Gudmundsdottir, Lucrezia Napoletano and Tiffanie Ruan closed out SMU's performance with a win in the 400 free relay. They combined to touch the wall in 3:17.65.

Saturday NCAA Standards
100 Fly - Valentina Becerra - 53.02 (NCAA B Standard)*
100 Back - Jimena Leal - 53.51 (NCAA B Standard)*
100 Fly - Valentina Becerra - 52.32 (NCAA B Standard)
100 Fly - Johanna Gudmundsdottir - 53.55 (NCAA B Standard)
100 Back - Jimena Leal - 53.55 (NCAA B Standard)
Platform Diving - Nicole Stambo - 279.40 (NCAA Zone Score)
* Denotes time from preliminary session

Saturday Night Event Podium Finishes
100 Fly - 52.32 - Third - Valentina Becerra
200 Free - 1:47.91 - First - Lucrezia Napoletano
100 Back - 53.55 - Second - Jimena Leal
Platform Diving - 279.40 - First - Nicole Stambo
400 Medley Relay - 3:36.28 - First - Maddy Lewis, Johanna Gudmundsdottir, Jimena Leal and Valentina Becerra

Friday Night NCAA Standards
50 Free - Johanna Gudmundsdottir - 22.65 (NCAA B Standard)*
50 Free - Johanna Gudmundsdottir - 22.47 (NCAA B Standard)
3M Diving - Jaclynn Fowler - 305.25 (NCAA Zone Cut)
3M Diving - Nicole Stambo - 299.85 (NCAA Zone Cut)
* Denotes time from preliminary session

Friday Night Event Podium Finishes
50 Free - 22.47 - Second - Johanna Gudmundsdottir
3M Diving - 305.25 - Third - Jaclynn Fowler

Thursday Night NCAA Standards
Jaclynn Fowler - 280.50 (NCAA Zone Cut)

Thursday Night Event Podium Finishes
200 Medley Relay - 1:39.-3 - Second Place - Jimena Leal, Johanna Gudmundsdottir, Lucrezia Napoletano and Maddy Lewis
1M Diving - 280.50 - Second Place - Jaclynn Fowler
800 Free Relay - 7:17.06 - Third Place - Jenna Watson, Isabella Bedoya, Jenna Watson, Indra Vandenbussche and Napoletano.

Up Next
The Mustangs will turn their attention to the Last Chance Meet from Thursday, Feb. 29 to Saturday, March 2. Johanna Gudmundsdottir, Lucrezia Napoletano, Valentina Becerra, Jimena Leal, Isabelle Bedoya and Tiffanie Ruan will be making the trip to College Station to represent SMU.
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