Oct. 12, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - It was a case of another day, another win for the Tulane University women's swimming and diving program as the Green Wave defeated Arkansas-Little Rock, 172-111, on Saturday morning in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
Coming off a season-opening split on Friday with a win over host West Florida and a loss to Florida State on Friday afternoon in Pensacola, Fla., the Green Wave opened the home portion of the 2013-14 schedule in fine fashion to improve to 2-1 on the young season. The meet was the first of the year for the Trojans, who fell to 0-1.
"It's always fun to be at home and protecting our house," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. "We talked a lot about that this morning in our team meeting. It was a lot of fun. The band came in, which was really cool. That was the first time I've ever seen a band show up at a college swim meet. There was a lot to be excited about today.
"We had a pretty good performance today. It was tough coming back after swimming in a meet yesterday and I think we learned a lot about how to better prepare ourselves for back-to-back days of racing. We learned a lot but we were still very strong. We had some better performances today than we had yesterday, so that was great to see."
Tulane posted top times in 11 of the 14 swimming events and both of the diving elevations to cruise to the victory. The Green Wave exhibitioned their final three swimming events to make the score appear closer than it actually was.
Highlighting the day were individual swimming wins by sophomore Mia Schachter in both the 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke and freshman Joy Jason in the 100 breast while sophomore diver Lauren Arnold emerged victorious on both the one- and three-meter springboards.
Schachter's 2:25.40 in the 200 breast a personal best and currently stands as the No. 5 individual time and the No. 9 overall mark in Tulane history. Her 24.04 in the 50 free was also a personal best and is ninth-best individual time in the Green Wave annals. Jason's time of 1:05.82 in the 100 breast was almost a full second faster than the mark of 1:06.73 she recorded yesterday at West Florida, and her time on Saturday ranks as the No. 5 individual mark in program history.
Arnold, meanwhile, had a personal best in the one-meter springboard with a score of 284.92, which is the second-best individual and overall score in the Tulane record book. She also claimed the three-meter win with a mark of 256.42.
Also posting individual wins for the Green Wave against UALR were sophomore Roni Meyer in the 1000 free (10:41.44), freshman Ellie Sills in the 200 free (1:56.52) and the 200 fly (2:07.94), sophomore Elizabeth Cook in the 200 back (2:07.40) and sophomore Rachel Schneider in the 500 free (5:08.42).
Tulane's other victory came in the 200 medley relay when Cook, Jason, Sills and Schachter combined to clock a 1:47.95. Sills posted the meet's top time in the 100 fly (58.02), as did Meyer in the 400 IM (4:37.64), during exhibition swims.
Cook paced the Green Wave in the 100 back with a 59.38 to finish second overall and senior Cari Caprio followed suit with a second-place showing in the 100 free with a time of 54.87. Freshman Jonna Frantz, junior Morgan Evans, Jason and Schachter had the second-best time of the day in the 200 freestyle with an exhibitioned mark of 1:39.94.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, Oct. 25, when they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to square off against LSU before closing out the home portion of the schedule on Nov. 2 against Vanderbilt. Admission to all Tulane home swim meets is free.