Laura Turpen and the Green Wave had a solid performance over the weekend at LSU in their final tune-up for the Conference USA Championship.
Jan. 26, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - Take the pool for the final time before the Conference USA Championship, the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team posted a solid showing in a quad meet over the weekend at the LSU Natatorium.
The Green Wave posted 32 top-ten individual performances and seven top-10 relay finishes in the meet, which included host LSU along with C-USA foes Houston and Rice. Tulane's showing, however, came up short in all three head-to-head matchups as the Wave fell to LSU, 241-110, to Rice, 223-118, and to Houston, 198.5-153.5.
Freshman Mia Schachter posted Tulane's top individual finish with a second-place showing in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.68 and joined forces with Elizabeth Cook, Kayla Alf-Huynh and Kristine Gu to finish second in the 200 medley relay at 1:46.12.
The Green Wave had a team-best four Top 10 tallies in the 200 back as Rebecca Dugan (2:06.60), Lauren Pfohl (2:06.65), Cook (2:06.71) and Vanessa Loewen (2:11.43) finished sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th in the event, respectively. Tulane also had three Top 10 finishers in the 50 free and the 400 IM. Anna-Lewis Matson led the Green Wave in the 50 free with a time of 24.25 to finish third overall while Gu and Alf-Huynh both clocked 24.63 to finish tied for sixth. Laura Turpen led the Green Wave effort in the 400 IM with a 4:34.32 to finish fourth while Roni Meyer (4:38.33) and Holly Grender (4:42.68) posted respective finishes of sixth and ninth.
A pair of Green Wave swimmers were in the top 10 in the 100 back, the 100 and 200 breast, the 100 and 200 fly, the 100 and 1000 free, and the 200 IM. Cook (58.06) and Dugan (59.91) had fifth- and 10th-place finishes in the 100 back, Molly Jubas (1:08.02) followed Schachter in the 100 breast to finish eighth, while Jubas (2:25.88) and Emily Josef (2:29.20) were sixth and 10th in the 200 breast.
Amy Needham (58.51) and Schachter (59.02) were seventh and 10th in the 100 fly, Gisele Calderon (2:06.49) and Emily Needham (2:11.17) were fifth and 10th in the 200 fly, Matson (52.78) and Allie Evans (53.55) were fourth and tied for eighth in the 100 free, Rachel Schneider (10:27.42) and Meyer (10:31.41) were fourth and seventh in the 1000 free. Evans (2:11.47) and Turpen (2:11.64), meanwhile, were eighth and ninth in the 200 IM.
Cari Caprio led Tulane in the 200 free with a 1:55.93 and Schneider paced the squad win the 500 free at 5:08.30. Both times were good for 10th-place finishes.
In diving action, newcomer Lauren Arnold - who joined the team between the fall and spring semesters with a 232.85 in the one-meter springboard and a 225.55 at the three-meter elevation to finish seventh in both boards while Maren Kjell was next both events with scores of 210.75 and 204.15.
The Green Wave also finished third in the 400 free relay (3:32.36), fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:37.20) and fifth in the 400 medley relay (3:54.28).
Tulane returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20, when the Green Wave open competition in the 2013 C-USA Swimming & Diving Championship. The four-day event, which will be held at the University of Houston's Health and Wellness Recreation Center, will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 23.