Oct. 25, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - Sophomore Rachel Schneider and freshman Ellie Sills posted individual victories in the 1,000 freestyle and 200 butterfly, respectively, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team fell to LSU, 211-89, on Friday evening at the LSU Natatorium.
Schneider's mark of 10:25.04 was a lifetime best, surpassing the mark of 10:27.42 established last Jan. 25, and is now the No. 6 individual time and No. 13 overall mark in Tulane history in the event. Sills, meanwhile, clocked a 2:04.76 in the 200 fly to best her previous mark of 2:06.54 at West Florida back on Oct. 11. Her time on Friday is the No. 5 individual mark and No. 12 overall mark in the Green Wave record book. The two winning times were a pair of 20 season-best showings for the Green Wave for the night.
"I don't think the score was very reflective of the improvement that I saw today compared to the other meets that we've had so far this season," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. "We had a lot of season-best times, so they're dropping that time down. It's good to see them take what we've been telling them in our critiques and apply that today, and they got faster as a result. I saw a lot of toughness in them, I saw a lot of attention to detail in the racing, and I saw a lot of confidence building. I know the score doesn't represent that, but there was a lot of confidence to be gained today. The ladies did a very good job and they handled themselves well."
In addition to their individual wins, Schneider and Sills combined for three second-place showings. Sills was runner-up in both the 100 fly with a season-best 57.35 and the 200 IM with a 2:12.01, while Schneider was second in the 500 free with a season-best 5:07.62. Also posting second-place showings were freshman Joy Jason in the 100 breast with a season-best 1:04.78, rookie Jonna Frantz in the 50 free with a 24.58 and sophomore Mia Schachter in the 500 free with a season-best 5:07.62.
Jason led the Green Wave in the 200 breast with a 2:25.64 to finish third overall and sophomore Holly Grender paced the Tulane effort in the 200 fly with a season-best 1:57.79. Sophomore Elizabeth Cook headlined the Wave in the 100 and 200 back with respective season-best marks of 58.84 and 2:06.92.
Sophomore Lauren Arnold highlighted Tulane's diving efforts, finishing third in the one-meter springboard with a 257.33 and a fifth-place showing in the three-meter elevation with a 221.56.
"LSU is a very good team," Robinson said. "They compete in the SEC, which is one of the top conferences if not the top conference (in swimming and diving), so they're used to tough competition. Maybe they switched up their line-up here and there, but it was good for us to swim against fast competition. I'm never going to be scared to swim against fast competition. I think that helps us prepare. You can never know how good you are unless you swim against some of the best. It's an important step for a program that wants to grow and get better. We have to challenge ourselves like this."
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they play host to Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium. Admission to all Tulane home swim meets is free.