Freshman Elizabeth Cook was one of three Green Wave rookies to post individual wins at Loyola Marymount, winning the 100 back with a time of 58.60.
Jan. 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Tulane University women's swimming and diving team posted victories in nine of 14 events, including a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 butterfly, as the Green Wave defeated Loyola Marymount, 147-115, on Friday evening at the Burns Aquatic Center.
The Wave's seven individual wins each came from a different student-athlete, including freshmen wins by Elizabeth Cook in the 100 back (58.60), Roni Meyer in the 1000 free (10:39.79) and Rachel Schneider in the 500 free (5:11.86). Also posting individual wins for Tulane on Friday were senior Allie Evans, Kristine Gu and Lauren Pfohl in the 200 free (1:55.23), 100 free (53.28) and 200 back (2:08.25), respectively, along with sophomore Amy Needham in the 100 fly (58.68).
In addition, Tulane won both relay events as the quartet of Cook, Schachter, senior Kayla Alf-Huynh, and Gu clocked a 3:54.59 in the 400 medley relay while Schachter, Gu, Evans and Alf-Huynh closed out the meet with a 1:37.85 in the 200 free relay.
"We were very broken down for this meet," Tulane interim head coach T.J. Natal said, remarking how his team spent much of their trip to the West Coast training both in the pool and on dry land. "The girls came together as a team and raced with all heart."
With the win, Tulane improved to 3-4 on the year and will participate in its final meet before the Conference USA Championship when the Green Wave travel to Baton Rouge to take on league foes Houston and Rice along with host LSU from Jan. 25-26.
Highlighting the win over the Lions was a 1-2-3 showing in the 100 free as Alf-Huynh followed Needham with a 59.93 while senior Gisele Calderon was third at 1:00.40. Tulane also tallied 1-2 finishes in the 1000 free with Schneider clocking a 10:41.75, the 100 free with Schachter posting a mark of 53.76, and the 500 free with Meyer tallying a showing of 5:12.26.
Tulane narrowly missed another top-three sweep in the 200 fly where Calderon was second with a 2:11.30, Amy Needham was next with a 2:13.86, and senior Emily Needham followed with a 2:14.06. Meyer paced the Tulane effort in the 400 IM with a 4:42.48 to finish second overall/ Schachter led the Green Wave in the 100 breast with a third-place 1:05.49, as did Alf-Huynh in the 50 free with a 24.60, and Harley Jackson had a team-best 2:32.42 in the 200 breast to come in fourth.
Following the meet at LSU, the Green Wave open competition in the 2013 C-USA Championship in Houston on Feb 20 and the four-day event concludes on Feb. 23.