Feb. 23, 2013
HOUSTON - In what has been a record-setting week for the Green Wave, the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team added two more school marks in the final day of the 2013 C-USA Championship on Saturday at the University of Houston's Campus Wellness Recreation Center Natatorium.
Senior Lauren Pfohl broke her own record in the 200 back with a mark of 2:00.44 in the finals to finish sixth overall, while the quartet of freshman Mia Schachter joined seniors Kayla Alf-Huynh, Pfohl and Kristine Gu to established a new high-water mark in the 400 free relay with a 3:23.73. Tulane finished fifth in the overall standings with 373 points - a total that nearly doubles the Wave's 195.5 tally from a year ago and the most by the program since scoring 402.5 in the 2006 C-USA meet.
For the week, Tulane set seven school records, adding new marks in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay on Wednesday and in the 100 breast, 100 fly and 400 medley relay on Friday to Saturday's accomplishments. Rice won the 2013 C-USA team title with 739 points, followed by Houston with 694.5, SMU with 664.5 and East Carolina with 605. Marshall rounded out the field with 225 points.
In addition to the two school records, the Green Wave also posted nine other times and scores that rank in the Top 10 in the Tulane annals. Freshman Lauren Arnold posted the No. 2 mark in Tulane history in platform diving with finals score of 210.65 while fellow rookie Maren Kjell's 170.4 sits third all-time. The duo finished second and third in the event, respectively.
Arnold's score in the platform ranks second to the Danielle Carrillo's record of 287.95 set on Feb. 26, 2005 at that year's C-USA Championship. The 400 medley relay team's time, meanwhile, was 0.25 seconds faster than the previous record of 3:23.98 established by Devlyn Quinn, Sarah Dicharry, Tiffany Brown and Linda McEachrane that same day at the 2005 C-USA meet.
Senior Gisele Calderon - who claimed a spot on the C-USA Swimming & Diving All-Academic Team on Wednesday - posted a 2:03.66 in the 200 fly finals to finish 11th in the event and her time stands second in the school record book behind Emily Needham's mark of 2:03.61 set at the C-USA Championship back on Feb. 26, 2011. Schachter, who finished 13th in the 100 free on Saturday, posted a time of 50.93 which is tied for the ninth-fastest time by a Tulane swimmer while Jillian Daleiden's preliminary time of 2:25.44 in the 200 breast which stands as the 10th-best time in Green Wave history.
The most interesting record of the day, however, came in the 200 back. Pfohl initially broke her own record of 2:02.26 (established at the C-USA Championship on Feb. 27, 2010) with a 2:01.59 in the preliminaries, and freshman Elizabeth Cook eclipsed the mark in the consolation finals with a 2:01.42 to finish ninth. Pfohl re-scribed her name back atop the list in the very next heat to finish sixth in the finals. Sophomore Vanessa Loewen, meanwhile, finished with the eighth-fastest time in school history with a 2:03.31to finish 12th in the event while freshman Holly Grender followed with a 2:05.09 to finish 14th.
Freshman Roni Meyer also posted a school record in the final day of the 2013 C-USA Championship, clocking a 17:19.53 in the 1650 free to finish 13th in the event and the 13th-best time in Tulane history. Fellow rookie Rachel Schneider finished 16th in the distance with a 17:24.69.
Following Calderon in the 200 fly for Tulane was Emily Needham, who finished 14th with a career-best time of 2:05.05. Also posting personal bests on Saturday were Alf-Huynh (51.72), Allie Evans (52.51), Cari Caprio (52.74) and Elizabeth Whitaker (53.09) in the 100 free preliminaries, and Claire Schelske (2:28.24) in the preliminaries of the 20 breast.