Schachter posts NCAA `B' cut in 100 breast while Wave also establish marks in 100 fly and 400 medley relay
Green Wave finish fourth in 200 free relay; Kayla Alf-Huynh, Lauren Arnold post fifth-place finishes
Green Wave set team marks in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay to sit third with 62 points
Green Wave look for solid ending to 2012-13 season; four-day event to take place in Houston
Green Wave post victories in nine events, including 1-2-3 finish in the 100 fly, to improve to 3-4 on the year
T.J. Natal begins his first as interim head coach of the Tulane swimming and diving program and assumed his current duties on Aug. 15, 2012 after spending the previous two years as the Green Wave's assistant coach and volunteer assistant, respectively.
A native of the New Orleans area and a graduate of nearby Archbishop Rummel High School and Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Natal came to Tulane following a stint as an assistant coach for the University of New Orleans' men's and women's swimming programs during the 2009-10 season. During that time, he helped eight swimmers earn NCAA B Cuts, coached a pair of conference champions and had several top eight finishers at the Sun Belt Conference Championship meet.
In addition, Natal served as head coach of the USS Elmwood Sharks in Harahan, La., from 2006-11 where he helped increase membership from 55 swimmers to 125 over a five-year period. After inheriting a team with no section or Junior National qualifiers, he helped 22 individuals qualify for sectionals, coached five high school All-Americans and helped four swimmers qualify for Junior Nationals.
Natal began his coaching career at Jefferson Country Club in 1998 and held the position until 2007. From there, he took over as head coach at Archbishop Chapelle High in 2007 and also served as an assistant with the Elmwood Sharks from 2004-06. As a student-athlete, Natal lettered four years at Rummel where he was a four-time all-district honoree and claimed all-state honors on three occasions. He won the state high school titles in the 100 free as a junior in 1998 and both the 50 and 100 free as a senior in 1999. A two-time prep All-American, Natal also swam for the Elmwood Sharks from 1992-99 where he posted six Junior National cuts and one Senior National cut.
After graduating from Rummel in 1999, Natal spent one year at Loyola University before transferring to LSU where he swam for the Tigers from 2001-03. He completed his bachelor's degree in education from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in 2006 and is currently pursuing his MBA from UNO.
"I'm very excited for this opportunity and I look forward to helping the swimming and diving program continue to move forward. Lena did a great job these last three seasons and it is my goal to pick up where she left off and follow the blueprint she established to build this team into a conference champion."