Nov. 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Sophomore Mia Schachter won the 100 freestyle, the freshmen tandem of Joy Jason and Jonna Frantz came in first in the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle, respectively, and sophomore diver Lauren Arnold emerged victorious in the one- and three-meter springboard, but it was not enough as the Tulane swimming and diving team dropped a 166-122 decision to Vanderbilt on Saturday in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
The Green Wave posted five career-best performances among 19 season-best outings in the contest against the Commodores. Vanderbilt, however, won 10 of the 14 swimming events to post its first-ever win over Tulane. In defeat, the Green Wave fall to 2-3 on the year and are now 4-1 against Vanderbilt (1-2) all time.
"I thought we swam alright today," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. "There were some standouts in my mind and then there were a few setbacks as well. I was telling the team that we can learn a lot from failures. We're going to take some time to look back and see what we can do better so that we continue to move forward as a program."
Joy's 1:04.07 in the 100 breast was a career-best as well as the No. 4 individual and No. 8 overall time in Tulane history. She also led the Green Wave with a season-best 2:20.53 in the 200 breast to finish second. That time is the No. 2 individual time and the No. 3 overall mark in the Tulane record book. Frantz won the 50 free with a time of 24.57 while Schachter did so in the 100 free at 52.75.
Arnold, meanwhile, posted a 279.60 to win the one-meter springboard - her second NCAA Zone qualifying score of the fall semester - while scoring a career-best 278.10 at the three-meter elevation. Her three-meter score is ranks second individually and third overall in the Tulane record book while here one-meter mark ranks third overall.
Not to be left out, sophomore Maren Kjell scored a career-best 249.45 in the one-meter springboard - a mark that is the No. 3 individual score and the No. 7 overall score in Tulane history. Her 250.87 in the three-meter is the No. 9 overall mark in the Green Wave annals.
The quartet of sophomore Elizabeth Cook, Jason, freshman Ellis Sills and Schachter led Tulane in the 200 medley with a season-best 1:47.25 to finish second, as did the unit of freshman Jonna Frantz, junior Amy Needham, Cook and Schachter in the 200 free relay with a season-best 1:38.44. Sophomore Rachel Schneider clocked a season-best 5:07.43 to lead the Wave in the 500 free for a second-place finish, and sophomore Holly Grender logged a career-best 1:57.39 to pace Tulane in the 200 free to come in fourth overall.
Sills paced the Wave in the 200 IM and 100 fly with a 2:12.13 and 57.91 to finish second and third in the events, respectively, and Schneider posted a second-place finish in the 1000 free at 10:26.08. Cook led the Tulane effort in the 100 back and 200 fly with third-place finishes and respective times of 58.99 and 2:08.77.
Tulane returns to action on Nov. 21, when the Green Wave open play in the Phill Hansel UH Cougar Classic, in Houston, Texas. The three-day event - which follows NCAA Championship format - will conclude on Nov. 23 and will be the Green Wave's final contest of the fall semester.