Feb. 24, 2010
HOUSTON - The Green Wave posted fifth-place finishes in both the 200 medley and 800 free relays as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team wrapped up day one of the 2010 Conference USA Championship in fifth place Wednesday evening at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
With 56 points, the Green Wave hold a four-point lead over Marshall (52) and are six behind third-placed East Carolina and Houston (62 each). SMU holds the day-one lead with 80 points, followed by Rice with 68. The C-USA Championship will continue on Thursday with the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and three-meter springboard and 400 medley relay.
"The team was very impressive considering it is the first-ever college championship for a majority of the team," Tulane head swimming and diving coach Lena Guarriello said. "The seven women that swam tonight gave the team a great start to the meet. We're looking forward to dropping more time tomorrow.
"Additionally, Sarah McGoldrick will have her first competition tomorrow on three-meter. She had a great practice today and we're looking forward to her performance on the boards."
Tulane opened the meet with a 1:46.55 in the 200 medley relay as the quartet of Lauren Pfohl, Erin Cunningham, Grace Tarka and Kayla Alf-Huynh shaved 2:25 seconds off their previous season-best performance. Phohl led off the relay with a lifetime best mark of 27.64 in the opening 50 back and Alf-Huynh anchored the event with the fastest 50 split in Tulane history at 22.54. In addition, Cunningham was at her season best in the breaststroke, as was Tarka in the fly.
The C-USA Championship resumes on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries in the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. The women's three-meter springboard preliminaries will begin at 1 p.m. and the finals for all events are slated to begin around 6 p.m.
Following Thursday's events, the Green Wave will compete in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 free relay and one-meter springboard on Friday before closing out the C-USA Championship on Saturday with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free, 400 free relay and platform diving.