Jan. 7, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Gisele Calderon, Claire Schelske and Allie Evans posted a team-best third-place showing in the 1500 free relay and the quartet of Lauren Pfohl, Evans, Cari Caprio and Kristine Gu clocked a season-best 3:38.61 in the 400 free relay as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team opened the 2012 portion of the Green Wave's schedule with a fifth-place finish at the USD Relay Meet on Saturday at the Sports Center Pool.
With 132 points on the day, the Green Wave were 11 points better than host University of San Diego and 36 behind fourth-placed Rice. UCLA won the team title with a 276 team total, while Boise State and San Jose State finished second and third overall with marks of 225 and 211, respectively. Colorado College rounded out the field with 49 points to finish seventh.
"We had a lot of really good performances today," Tulane head swimming and diving coach Lena Guarriello said. "The team did a good job of working through some changes in technique and supporting each other throughout the meet. Our B 400 free relay was a great surprise this afternoon, beating our A relay. Today's meet gave us the opportunity to race some fast teams and start the year with some fun races."
Pfohl, Evans, Caprio and Gu's time in the 400 free relay was 38-100ths of a second faster than the previous B team's mark of 3:39.00 and ninth in the overall competition. Tulane's A team of Kayla Alf-Huynh, Hagar Elgendy, Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Ranson finished 10th in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:39.58. Calderon, Schelske and Evans, meanwhile, clocked a 15:59.48 in the 1500 free relay.
Alf-Huynh, Gu, Elgendy and Evans clocked a 1:39.37 in the 200 free relay while Rebecca Dugan, Molly Jubas, Rebekah Harris and Morgan Evans finished 12th in the event with a 1:47.85. Alf-Huynh, Grace Tarka and Calderon finished with a 2:58.57 in the 300 fly while Pfohl, Erin Cunningham and Vanessa Loewen posted a 3:00.04 in the 300 back and the quartet of Ranson, Evans, Pfohl and Whitaker tallied a mark of 7:57.48 in the 800 free.
Tulane also finished ninth in the 500 free relay as Elgendy, Gu, Pfohl and Ranson combined for a time of 4:45.10, as did Cunningham, Shelby Kiser, Tarka and Ranson in the 400 medley relay at 4:09.90.
Kiser, Schelske and Corcoran posted a 3:36.56 in the 300 breast relay while Alf-Huynh, Gu, Tarka and Cunningham clocked a 4:12.17 in the 400 medley relay. Both times were good for 10th overall.
The Green Wave return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when they take on San Diego State in a dual meet at the SDSU Aquaplex. That meet is slated to begin at noon CST.