Sophomore Mia Schachter won the C-USA title in the 50 free with a school-record and NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 22.90.
Feb. 27, 2014
ATLANTA - Sophomore Mia Schachter won the 50-yard freestyle with a school-record and NCAA provisionally-qualifying time of 22.90 as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team posted another solid outing in day two of the 2013 Conference USA Championship on Thursday at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center.
Schachter's 50 time at the C-USA meet was 0.29 seconds faster than her previous career-best mark of 23.19 at the Phill Hansel Invitation back on Nov. 21 and surpassed the former Tulane record of 22.97 established by Kayla Alf-Huynh at the 2011 conference championship in Houston. Her conference title is the first earned by the Green Wave since 2005 when Tulane claimed championship recognition in the 100 free, 200 free, 1650 free, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay.
"I couldn't be more proud of Mia for her championship title and school record," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. "Her diligence and consistency throughout the season and composure today was that of a superb athlete. [Assistant coach Sarah] Woodbury gets a lot of credit with Mia in that event this year. It's been rewarding to see all our hard work come to fruition."
The Green Wave scored 96 points on the day to bring their two-day total to 162 and sit seventh among the eight teams at the midway point of the C-USA Championship. Tulane is just four points behind sixth-placed Old Dominion (168) while holding six- and 29-point leads over Florida Atlantic (156) and Marshall (133). Rice leads the team standings with 339 points, followed by FIU with 266, Western Kentucky with 226, East Carolina with 224 and North Texas with 204.
Schachter's performance was one of six season-best performances by the Green Wave on Thursday, including career-best outings by freshmen Ali Talwar in the 500 free (5:02.23) and Jonna Frantz in the 50 free (23.54), and junior Laura Turpen in the 200 IM (2:10.85).
Frantz' time in the 50 free was good for 14th overall in the C-USA finals and stands as the fifth-best individual time in Tulane history. Senior Cari Caprio was next for the Green Wave with a career-best mark of 24.46 while sophomore Elizabeth Cook posted a season-best time of 24.61. Both of those times came during the preliminary swims.
Sophomore diver Lauren Arnold, meanwhile, added some much-needed points to the Green Wave tally from the three-meter springboard. After qualifying for the finals with a 237.55 preliminary performance, she lit up the scoreboard for 269.30 points in the finals to finish fourth overall and post the No. 3 overall mark in the elevation in school history.
"Lauren did what we have come to expect from her, which is perform when the pressure is on," Tulane diving coach Chris Devine said. "She performed the best overall list of the season in today. Her 205c [a backward two-and-a-half] was not only her most difficult dive but also her biggest highlight. She hadn't scored above 4.5s on it all season long, but scored 6.5 and 7.0 in the finals."
Sophomore Rachel Schneider led the Tulane effort in the 500 free with a preliminary time of 4:59.96 while freshman Ellie Sills paced the Wave with a preliminary mark of 2:07.48 in the 200 IM - a time that ranks 14th overall the school record book.
The Green Wave closed out the day with a third-place showing in the 200 free relay where Frantz, Caprio, junior Amy Needham and Schachter joined forces to clock a 1:33.95. That time was a season best for the team and ranks fifth in Tulane history.
"Although we started off the morning session with a few technical errors, the team came back strong and focused tonight in finals," Robinson added. "The night ended on an extraordinary high note with our 200 free relay finishing third. Each of those women on the relay were focused, psyched up and determined to succeed. We have a lot of momentum going into tomorrow's events and that's exactly what I was hoping for tonight to provide."
The 2014 Conference USA Championship meet continues on Friday with the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay and one-meter springboard before wrapping up action on Saturday, March 1, with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and platform diving.