Jan. 10, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior Erin Cunningham won the 100 IM and fellow junior Kayla Alf-Huynh posted second-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke and 100 individual medley, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team dropped a 61-49 decision to San Diego State Tuesday afternoon at the SDSU Aquaplex.
The Aztecs raced out to an early lead and exhibitioned all of their swims in the final event of the day - the 100 IM - as well as both diving levels. With the loss, Tulane falls to 1-5 in dual-meet action. San Diego State, meanwhile, improves to a perfect 13-0 for the 2011-12 season.
Cunningham claimed the Wave's lone swimming victory with a 1:02.29 in the 100 IM and sophomore Sadie Eicher followed suit in 1- and 3-meter springboards with scores of 231.00 and 226.73, respectively. Alf-Huynh, meanwhile, clocked a 1:08.43 in the 100 breast and a 1:02.70 in the 100 IM to aid the Green Wave effort.
San Diego State finished 1-2-3 in the 100 fly and 100 back and exhibitioned their fourth- and fifth-place finishes in both events. Junior Grace Tarka led the Wave with a 59.71 in the 100 fly to finish sixth overall, as did junior Lauren Pfohl with a 1:01.97 in the 100 back.
Senior Hagar Elgendy paced the Tulane effort in the 100 free with a time of 53.32 and sophomore Rachel Ranson was two spots behind with a 54.39. Allie Evans finished third to Cunningham and Alf-Huynh in the 100 IM with a 1:03.15.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, Jan. 27, when they take on LSU, Rice and host Houston in a four-team meet at the UH Campus Wellness and Recreation Center. The meet at Houston will conclude on Jan. 28, and from there, Tulane will close out the 2011-12 season at the Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championship on Feb. 15-18 in Houston.