Sophomore Holly Grender helped the Green Wave set a season-best time in the 800 free relay and her leadoff split in the event was a career best as the Green Wave opened the 2014 Conference USA Swimming & Diving Championship with 66 points.
Feb. 26, 2014
ATLANTA - The Tulane University swimming and diving team posted season-best times in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays as the Green Wave scored 66 points in day of the 2014 Conference USA Championship on Wednesday evening at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center.
The 200 medley relay unit of sophomores Elizabeth Cook and Mia Schachter along with freshmen Ellie Sills and Jonna Frantz clocked a 1:43.55 and finish sixth in the event. The foursome shaved five-tenths of a second off the previous season-best, and the time on Wednesday ranks third in the Green Wave record book.
The quartet of sophomore Holly Grender, Sills and sophomores Roni Meyer and Rachel Schneider, meanwhile, joined forces to post a 7:30.21 to finish seventh in the 800 free relay. The mark stands as the No. 5 time in Tulane history and is a full six seconds faster than the team's prior best performance. Grender's leadoff split of 1:51.95 is her career best in the 200 free and ranks as the seventh-fastest individual mark in the Tulane annals.
"I am happy with how our team swam tonight," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. "It started out rough in the 200 medley relay with our backstroke leg slipping on the start that put her behind by a full body length right at the buzzer. She had to kick like crazy to get going from a dead stop and yet our team didn't fall in seeding. Slipping on the start happens occasionally and I'm proud how our women kept their composure and fought to swim fast.
"Our 800 free relay did very well with three out of the four swimmers going faster than they ever have before. We dropped six more seconds off our best from the season and placed one rank better than expected. It was an exciting night to begin the championships and we look to be great again tomorrow with the start of the individual races."
Tulane's point total on the day has the Green Wave tied for sixth among the nine C-USA schools to sponsor women's swimming and diving. The Wave share sixth place with Old Dominion and hold a two-point lead over eighth-placed Florida Atlantic (64) and a 10-point edge over Marshall (56). Defending C-USA champion Rice leads the league through two events with 96 points, followed by Western Kentucky and East Carolina with 80 each, while North Texas and FIU sit tied for fourth with 74 points apiece.
The 2014 Conference USA Championship meet continues on Thursday with the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 200 free relay and three-meter diving before holding the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay and one-meter springboard on Friday. The championship concludes on Saturday, March 1, with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and platform diving.