Jan. 31, 2014
HOUSTON - Five Green Wave individuals posted season-best times and the quartet of sophomore Mia Schachter, junior Amy Needham, sophomore Holly Grender and freshman Ellie Sills followed suit in the 400 freestyle relay followed suit as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team opened its final regular-season event of the 2013-14 season with a solid showing in a quad-meet against LSU, Conference USA foe Rice and host Houston on Friday at the UH Campus Wellness and Recreation Center.
Through 10 events, the Green Wave trail in all three head-to-head contests as Tulane is 28 points behind Houston (107-79), 86 behind Rice (133-47) and 118 behind LSU (152-34). The meet concludes on Saturday with events slated to begin at 11 a.m.
The 400 free relay finished fifth overall with a season-best time of 3:35.34, and Schachter's leadoff split of 52.24 was a season best as well. Also posting season-best marks on Friday were freshman Ali Talwar (10:39.18) and sophomore Harley Jackson (10:54.25) in the 1000 freestyle, sophomore Holly Grender (1:56.94) in the 200 freestyle and junior Vanessa Loewen (58.77) in the 100 butterfly.
In addition, sophomore Elizabeth Cook clocked her best non-relay split time in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 58.72 in the 100 back while freshman Joy Jason's 2:22.16 in the 200 breaststroke was her third-fastest time of the year in the event and her performance stands as the No. 7 overall time in Tulane history.
Tulane opened the day in the 200 medley relay where Cook, Schachter, Needham and freshman Jonna Frantz led the team with a 1:47.63 to finish seventh, and sophomore Roni Meyer led the Green Wave effort in the 1000 free with a mark of 10:28.05 to come in fifth.
Swimming the 100 fly for the first time during the 2013-14 campaign, Schachter led the way with a 57.70 to finish eighth overall while Jason's effort in the 200 breast and Cook's performance in the 100 back and Grender's time in the 2100 free paced the team with respective finishes of fifth, seventh and 13th.
Schachter also led Tulane in the 50 free, touching the wall at 24.26 to come in sixth overall, and Sills headlined the Green Wave in the 200 IM with a 2:12.79 to finish eighth. In diving, sophomore Lauren Arnold came in seventh with a 236.70 - the No. 13 overall score in school history.
Following the final day of the Houston Quad-Meet, Tulane will compete in the C-USA Championship from Feb. 26-March 1 in Atlanta, Ga.