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Swim teams fall to Texas

Postby PonyPride » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:14 am

From SMUMustangs.com:

Men

Mustangs Fall To No. 1 Texas

DALLAS (SMU) – The SMU men's swimming and diving team fell to No. 1 Texas, 194-101, on Friday evening at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium.

The Mustangs continue to excel in breaststroke action, sweeping the 200-yard event with Caleb Rhodenbaugh (1:57.92), Colin Feehery (1:58.09) and Connor Dalbo (1:59.24) finishing in order. Both Rhodenbaugh and Feehery's times met the NCAA B standard, a first for Feehery in the event this season.

All three Mustangs rank among SMU's all-time top-10 performers in the event. Rhodenbaugh (1:55.60) is third, Feehery fifth, Dalbo (1:58.54) sixth and Brayden Rudd (1:58.71) joins at eighth.

In diving action, Parker Hardigree led the Mustangs with a third place finish on 1 meter, registering a six-round 329.63. Action on 3 meter was highlighted by Dominic Hoefer's first-career NCAA Zone score. The freshman posted a 327.30 in the event, making him the third Mustang, along with Hardigree and Peter Smithson, to qualify for the NCAA postseason.

Ralph Koo posted a runner-up finish in the 50-yard freestyle (20.74), touching just ahead of teammate Charlie Kaye (20.82), and Daniel Forndal finished third in both the 100 (44.15) and 200 (1:37.79) freestyles.

Other individual results of note included third place finishes from Petar Bozhilov (1,000 free, 9:20.22) and Cole Fleming (200 fly, 1:48.59). Both were season-best performances. Feehery was also third in the 200-yard individual medley (1:48.69).

In the opening 200-yard medley relay, Riley Hill, Rhodenbaugh, Koo and Forndal finished second, covering the distance in 1:28.20. Forndal, Justin Baker, Kaye and Koo closed the night clocking in at 1:21.35 for third in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Prior to the event, the Mustangs honored six seniors for the their contributions to the program – Reid Anderson, Duncan Brookover, Nathan Ciatti, Koo, Matan Segal and Arthur Yuen.

Women

Mustangs Fall To No. 10 Texas

DALLAS (SMU) – Three Mustangs picked up wins as the SMU women's swimming and diving team fell, 159-132, to No. 10 Texas on Friday night at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium.

Erin Trahan swept butterfly events, while Gabi Grobler won the 200-yard individual medley and Julia Yakushi picked up her first collegiate win in the 200-yard breaststroke to lead the Mustangs.

Trahan won the 100 fly in a time of 54.16 and led an SMU duo in the top two of the 200, covering the distance in 2:00.49 for the win. Olivia Grossklaus clocked in at 2:00.88 for second.

In the 200 IM, Grobler's 2:04.08 was good for the win, while Janelle Gursoy came in third at 2:07.46. Grobler was also the runner-up in the 200 back (2:02.14), while Felicia Anderson was third in both backstroke events.

Yakushi's win in the 200 breast saw her stop the clock at 2:21.75 ahead of teammate Elise Johnson, who finished third at 2:24.61. The freshman was also the top finisher in the 100 distance for the Mustangs, coming in second with a time of 1:05.25. Johnson was third at 1:05.97.

Frederica Kizek posted a season-best time of 10:12.97 to place second in the 1,000-yard freestyle, and Grossklaus also posted a runner-up finish to lead the Mustangs in the 500 distance (4:59.42).

Sam Smith finished third in both the 50 (23.93) and 100 (51.89) freestyles, and Gursoy (1:52.31) and Alex Stevens (1:52.69) finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 free.

In relay action, Stevens, Trahan, Anderson and Smith closed the event with a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:34.51).

Nicole Stambo led the Mustang divers at the event, placing fourth on both boards. Her 301.50 on 3 meter was a personal best.

Prior to the event, the Mustangs honored three seniors for their contributions to the program – Anderson, Lindsey Blanchard and Trahan.

Both SMU teams will be back in action for the American Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 19-22 in Houston.
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