Coach Natal's Comments Following The Win At UALR



Oct. 6, 2012


Overall thoughts on the meet
"The team's performance today was further evidence that we are a new team with a new attitude. 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."

On who had standout meets against the Trojans
"There were three stand outs from the meet. Rachel Ranson won 2 individual events (200 Free and 100 Free) and also was on two winning relays (400 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay). Her racer's mentality and her hatred of losing set the tone for our team early on. Freshman Roni Meyer and Mia Schachter stepped up to the plate by each winning two individual events. Roni won the 500 and 1000 Free, and Mia won the 100 Fly and 100 Breast.

On how important it was to open the 2012-13 season with a good showing
"It was very important for us to start this season off with a solid performance and a win in our first dual meet. 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."

On if he feels Tulane can carry over the momentum of today's win into the rest of the season
"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."