Oct. 29, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Sophomore Allie Evans set a record in the 1000 free and the Green Wave posted a victory in the 400 free relay, but it was not enough as the Tulane University women's swimming and diving team dropped a 194-98 decision to in-state rival LSU Friday evening at the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
Evans' time of 10:19.71 -which surpassed her own record of 10:22.43 which she set against LSU on Oct. 30, 2009 - was almost 10 seconds faster than runner-up Brooke Barnett of LSU. The quartet of Kayla Alf-Huynh, Hagar Elgendy, Evans and Lauren Pfohl, meanwhile, combined to post a 3:34.44 in the 400 free relay to edge LSU's A group by 3.45 seconds.
"It was a really great meet," Tulane head coach Lena Guarriello said. "LSU has a lot of talent and they had a really good first week last weekend. Our girls didn't back down. They didn't look scared before the meet. They were really pumped and they came out and raced better than we ever have in-season so I'm really proud of them.
"I tell the girls all the time that we have to swim fast teams in order to get fast. We work really hard all week long and we don't really rest for meets, so to come out against a strong SEC program like this and swim as well as we did speaks a lot for the growth that we're enjoying and the progress that we're making. We're not just the fledgling program anymore. This meet is one that the girls will look back on all year as one of the most fun, one of the most challenging and one of the fastest."
Evans and the 400 free relay team's wins were the only individual victories on the day for the Green Wave, but Tulane did post six second-place finishes and 11 third-place showings in the 16-event dual meet. Evans finished second in the 500 free with a 5:04.47, as did Emily Needham in the 200 fly with a 2:06.87. Also posting runner-up finishes for Tulane were junior Hagar Elgendy - who made her Tulane debut on Friday after battling eligibility issues following a transfer from the University of Miami (Fla.) - sophomore Erin Cunningham and Caitlin Corcoran.
Elgendy and Evans finished 2-3 in the 100 free with respective times of 53.56 and 54.33. Cunningham (2:07.92) and Pfohl (2:08.12) followed suit in the 200 back with a 2:07.92 and a 2:08.12 while Corcoran (2:28.68) and Shelby Kiser (2:30.58) did the same in the 200 breast.
Alf-Huynh, Shelby Kiser, Grace Tarka and Kristine Gu go things going for Tulane in the opener, finishing third in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:59.49. From there, Evans set the new standard for the 1,000 free, and Elizabeth Whitaker followed with a 1:56.49 in the 200 free to finish third. Alf-Huynh also finished third in the 100 back at 59.12 as did Elgendy in the 50 free (23.66) and Cunningham in the 400 IM (4:34.52).
Cunningham led the Green Wave effort in the 100 breast with a 1:08.23 and Tarka paced the team in the 100 fly with a 58.31. Both times were good for fourth place overall.
In addition freshman diver Sadie Eicher finished second in the one-meter springboard with a 199.51 and posted a third-place showing in the three-meter with a 164.17.
"We started off real strong with Allie in the 1,000 and finished off really strong with the relay," Guarriello said. "Allie's 1,000 was great. She actually fell behind a little bit in the middle and we were getting worried. But she came back. She really relied on what we've been working on this week with pacing, just trusting her stroke and working on the little things - her walls and her kickouts - and she had a great swim.
"The 400 relay was great. We had to make some changes in the end. We were really lucky to have Hagar join the competition roster today. She kind of created a spark for the relay and put a little pressure on each succeeding girl to stay ahead. Kayla got out and got us a good leadoff leg, and Hagar really helped us solidify the lead."
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Nov. 13, when they host Florida International at 11 a.m. in the Reily Student Recreation Center. From there, the Tulane team will head to Houston for the Phill Hansel Cougar Classic from Nov. 19-21.