Oct. 15, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's swimming and diving team posted wins in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, and three individuals won their respective events, but it was not enough as the Green Wave fell to North Texas, 175-123, Saturday afternoon at the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
Junior Emily Needham tallied the Wave's first win of the day with a mark of 2:05.87 in the 200 fly while senior Hagar Elgendy won the 50 free (24.55) and sophomore Rachel Ranson won the 100 free (53.02). The quartet of Kayla Alf-Huynh, Shelby Kiser, Grace Tarka and Elgendy, meanwhile, won the 200 medley relay at 1:48.30 while Allie Evans, Elgendy, Ranson, Alf-Huynh joined forces to win the 400 free relay at 3:34.12.
North Texas, however, posted 11 individual victories and Tulane had some potential relay points wiped away as the Green Wave's B-squads in both events were disqualified for early entries.
"I'm a little disappointed in the results," Tulane head swimming and diving coach Lena Guarriello said. "Our times were good in most events, and great in a few events. But, what's more important than times is being able to race and win regardless of how fast or slow you feel. This is something that our upperclassmen have learned, but it's a tough adjustment for some of our younger athletes."
In addition to the Green Wave's five wins, Tulane also finished second in seven events including a runner-up showing by sophomore Sadie Eicher in the three-meter springboard (221.32). Gisele Calderon (2:06.66) and Ranson (24.65) finished second to Needham and Elgendy in the 200 fly and 50 free, respectively. Junior Elizabeth Whitaker was second in the 200 free (1:55.93) as was junior Lauren Pfohl in the 200 back (2:10.26), Needham in the 100 fly (58.51) and Alf-Huynh in the 200 IM (2:11.57).
Freshman Laura Turpen led the Green Wave effort in the 1000 free with a 10:45.27 to finish third and fellow rookie Vanessa Loewen was third as well in the 100 back with a time of 59.20. Kiser posted a pair of third-place showings, leading Tulane with a 1:09.47 in the 100 breast and a 2:32.49 in the 200 breast. Evans was third in the 500 free with a team-best 5:10.85, and Eicher followed suit in the one-meter springboard with a score of 179.25.
"We've got a lot of work to do before heading out to Tuscaloosa," Guarriello said, "but we're consistently improving and I'm really happy with that."
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Oct. 29, when they travel to take on Emory and host Alabama for a double-dual meet at the Alabama Aquatics Center and Don Gambril Olympic Pool. From there, Tulane will return to the Reily Nat for a Nov. 5 showdown with Vanderbilt.