Jan. 28, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Green Wave posted 16 Top 10 finishes, but it was not enough as the Tulane University swimming and diving team dropped three dual-match competitions to host LSU (149.0-44.0) and Conference USA foes Houston (127.0-72.0) and Rice (109.5-75.5) Friday evening at the LSU Natatorium.
With the losses, Tulane drops to 4-8 on the year in dual match action, but will look to bounce back in less than 24 hours as the Green Wave will face the same three teams on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Baton Rouge. After competing in 10 events on Friday, the four-team field will do battle in the 400 medley relay, 500 free, 100 breast, 200 back, three-meter springboard, 200 fly, 100 free, 400 IM and 200 free relay on Saturday with the action slated to begin at 11 a.m.
"We struggled a little as a team tonight," Tulane head swimming and diving coach Lena Guarriello said. "We made some technical mistakes that cost us a few races. I'm hoping that a good night of rest will help us return to the pool tomorrow refreshed and ready to do a better job executing race strategy."
Sophomore Kayla Alf-Huynh had a hand in four of Tulane's Top 10 finishes as she clocked a 57.99 in the 100 back and a 24.50 in the 50 free to complete day second and fifth in the respective events. In addition, Alf-Huynh swam the leadoff legs of the Green Wave's 200 medley (fifth at 1:48.21) and 400 free (seventh at 3:35.68) relay teams. Erin Cunningham, Grace Tarka and Hagar Elgendy rounded out the field in the 200 medley relay while Kristine Gu, Elgendy and Rachel Ranson completed Tulane's 400 free relay team.
Lauren Pfohl was second to Alf-Huynh in the 100 back for Tulane, timing a 58.59 to finish seventh overall. Elgendy and Ranson did the same in the 50 free with times of 24.77 and 24.83 to finish ninth and 10th, respectively. Cunningham posted Tulane's top times in the 200 breast (ninth at 2:26.43) while the quartet of Tarka, Cari Caprio, Elizabeth Whitaker and Kastes recorded a 3:41.37 in the 400 free relay to finish 10th overall. Freshman diver Sadie Eicher rounded out Tulane's Top-10 performers with a score of 147.90 in the one-meter springboard to finish fourth overall.
Cunningham also paced the Green Wave in the 200 IM, finishing 11th with a 2:11.02 while Allie Evans spearheaded the Tulane effort in the 200 free with a 1:57.21 to come in 12th.
"Erin Cunningham had a great meet," Guarriello said. "She is a constant on this team and just continues to perform better with every meet. Lauren Pfohl performed well today in the 100 backstroke, and Rachel Reanson tried to the 100 butterfly and had a great swim."
Following Saturday's meet at LSU, the Green Wave will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 5, when the Green Wave take on Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. From there, Tulane will head to the Lone Star State for the 2011 C-USA Championship which are slated to be held from Feb. 23-26 at the University of Houston's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.