Junior Rachel Ranson posted individual wins in the 100 and 200 free during the Green Wave's win at UALR on Saturday.
Oct. 6, 2012
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Green Wave posted top times in all 11 swimming events and half of the diving elevations as the Tulane University swimming and diving team opened the 2012-13 season with a commanding 154.5-69.5 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday at the Donaghey Center Natatorium.
Four individuals posted marks that rank in the Tulane record book as freshman Mia Schachter's time of 1:06.58 in the 100 breast ranks as the fourth-best individual time, junior diver Sadie Eicher's 221.84 in the one-meter springboard is the seventh overall score, freshman Roni Meyer's mark of 10:35.36 in the 1000 free ranks as the No. 9 individual time and freshman Elizabeth Cook's 58.72 showing in the 100 back is the No. 10 individual mark.
"The team's performance today was further evidence that we are a new team with a new attitude," Tulane interim swimming and diving coach T.J. Natal said. "We showed up as an unproven, unknown team and we left as a proven team led by the leadership of our upperclassmen. We swam with confidence and pride in all of our events and it was reflected in our results.
"I am obviously proud of the overall result of the meet, but I am most impressed with the way we prepared and our execution. From the first event to the last event, we kept our focus and preformed as a unified team. We are happy but not satisfied."
Schachter, Meyer and junior Rachel Ranson each won a pair of events. In addition to her performance in the 100 breast, Schachter also emerged victorious in the 100 fly with a time of 59.22. Meyer added a 5:10.74 performance in the 500 free win to her top performance in the 1000 free, and Ranson won both the 100 and 200 free with respective times of 53.03 and 1:56.45.
Also posting individual wins for Tulane against the Trojans were junior Kristine Gu and the freshmen duo of Cook and Holly Grender. Grender won the 200 IM with a mark of 2:14.17 while Cook won the 100 back after touching the wall with 58.72 on the clock. Gu, meanwhile, tied for first in the 50 free with a 24.51. Tulane got off to a good start, posting a 1-2-3 finish in the 400 medley relay with Cook, Schachter, Amy Needham and Ranson posted the top time on the day with a 3:57.32.
In diving action, Eicher and freshman Maren Kjell posted 1-2 finishes in the one-meter springboard with the rookie scoring a 197.77 in her collegiate debut. In the three-meter, Eicher finished second with a 205.79 while Kjell was third after scoring 186.67.
The Green Wave voluntarily exhibitioned the final two events with Schachter tallying the top time in the 100 breast, followed by Schelske at 1:10.23 and Jackson at 1:10.69. Tulane's Gu, Lauren Pfohl, Cook and Ranson also posted a meet-best 3:35.78 in the 400 free relay to close things out.
"It was very important for us to start this season off with a solid performance and a win in our first dual meet," Natal added. "The girls have been training very hard, and have bought in 100 percent to what we have been doing. To see progress in our first dual meet not only shows the girls that our hard work is paying off, but also re-energizes the team to continue to train hard. I am looking forward to getting back in the pool this week and getting some work done.
"Starting off the season with a win was huge for us. No matter what people say, the main objective of athletics is to win. As athletes, the girls have a strong desire to win, and we as a team hate to lose."
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Oct. 20, when they play host to North Texas at 11 a.m. in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium. Admission to all Tulane home swim meets is free.