Feb. 21, 2013
HOUSTON - The Green Wave posted a fourth-place showing in the 200 free while senior Kayla Alf-Huynh and freshman Lauren Arnold posted fifth-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and 200 free relay, respectively, as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team wrapped up day two of 2013 Conference USA Championship on Thursday at the University of Houston's Campus Wellness Recreation Center Natatorium.
In addition, the Green Wave posted 12 personal-best times and a season-best mark on Thursday. With a combined 132 points through two days of action, the Green Wave are currently fifth among the six participating teams. Tulane holds an 18-point lead over Marshall (114) and is 66 points behind fourth-placed East Carolina (198). Host Houston leads the overall race with 248.5 points, followed by Rice (228) and SMU (222.5).
"We really pulled together as a team today," Tulane interim head coach T.J. Natal said. "We knew today was our weakest swimming events, and diving did a great job keeping us in it. Lauren came through with fifth place and Maren (Kjell) was seventh on thee meter today. Kayla had a solid 50 free, and our relay ended the night on a high note. We are looking forward to really coming together tomorrow and starting to make a move to get back into the hunt."
The highlight of the night came in the final event as Alf-Huynh and freshman Mia Schachter along with seniors Allie Evans and Kristine Gu combined to post a time of 1:33.25 in the 200 free relay. The mark is the second fastest in Tulane history and is just eight one-hundredths of a second off the school record of 1:33.16 set by Devlyn Quinn, Katherine McCoy, Cara Davidoff and Linda McEachrane at the 2005 C-USA Championship.
Alf-Huynh posted her fifth-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 23.33 while Arnold had a team-high 245.75 in the three-meter finals. In addition, freshman Maren Kjell was seventh in the three-meter springboard with a career-best score of 223.5.
The preliminaries produced 10 more personal-records as Gisele Calderon (4:59.94), Elizabeth Whitaker (5:00.41), Rachel Schneider (5:01.37), Roni Meyer (5:01.52), Claire Schelske (5:07.28) and Cari Caprio (5:09.15) accomplished the feat in the 500 free, Allie Evans (2:09.58) and Jillian Daleiden (2:11.93) did so in the 20 IM, and Gu (23.79) and Cook (24.81) followed suit in the 50 free. Emily Needham, meanwhile, posted as season-best time of 5:08.40 in the 500 free.
The 2013 C-USA Swimming & Diving Championship continues on Friday with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 free relay before holding the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free on Saturday. Preliminaries for all swimming events begin each day at 10 a.m. with finals slated to begin at 6 p.m. In addition, Friday will feature the complete competition in the one-meter springboard with the platform scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.