Tulane's Daniella Irle was named Conference USA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Feb. 25, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - The Tulane University swimming and diving team posted six lifetime bests, including a school-record in the 200-yard breaststroke by rookie Victoria Givens as the Green Wave finished fifth at the 2006 C-USA Championship Saturday at the University of Houston Alumni Center Natatorium.
Participating with just 10 swimmers and one diver, the Green Wave posted 402.5 points to finish 153.5 points ahead of sixth-place Marshall. After leading the team through a trying 2005-06 season that saw the Green Wave have to leave their home for College Station, Texas, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and the announcement of the program's suspension following the year, Tulane head coach Daniella Irle was named C-USA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Sophomore Tiffany Brown got things going for Tulane with a fourth-place showing in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.83, and posted a lifetime best in the preliminaries by touching the wall at 2:03.79. Junior Amanda Williams was next for the Green Wave in the event with a lifetime best of her own at 2:06.30 to finish 11th overall.
In the 100 free, sophomore Cara Davidoff finished 13th with a 52.15, and the duo of Givens and Chinault finished fourth and 11th, respectively in the 200 breast. Givens set a school record on the event with a 2:19.61 in the preliminaries, and was even better in the finals with a 2:18.90. Chinault, meanwhile, had a lifetime best time of 2:28.78 in the finals.
Kate Naglick posted a season-best 2:05.60 in the 200 fly finals to finish fifth, and sophomore Leann Laing was one spot back at lifetime best 2:06.06, eclipsing her former lifetime best time of 2:06.38 in the preliminaries. Williams was next for Tulane with a 2:08.45 to finish 10th.
Junior Nicole Taheri led the Tulane effort in the 1650 free with a time of 17:33.37 to finish 12th, and freshman Christiana Herubin was next at 17:50.66 to come in 14th.
The quartet of Davidoff, Brown, Givens and Linda McEachrane closed out the tournament with a 3:25.75 in the 400 free relay to finish fourth, and Davidoff's leadoff time of 51.98 was her lifetime best showing in the 100 free.