Nov. 3, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Green Wave 400 free relay team capped a solid overall effort with a victory in the final event of the day as the Tulane University swimming diving team split a double-dual meet with a 148-139 win over host Vanderbilt and a 189-107 loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday at the Centennial SportsPlex.
The quartet of freshman Mia Schachter, seniors Lauren Pfohl and Kristine Gu, along with junior Rachel Ranson combined to clock a 3:30.75 in the 400 free relay to help clinch the team victory of the Commodores. It marks the fourth-straight win for the Green Wave over Vanderbilt as Tulane improved to 2-4 on the year.
"I was very proud of the way we competed today, especially since we are very broken down and went with a 4,500-plus yard practice on Friday night," Tulane interim swimming and diving head coach T.J. Natal said. "It took a team effort to win today, and I couldn't be more proud of each girl who competed today."
The win in the 400 free relay was the lone top finish for the Green Wave on Saturday, but Tulane did tally four second-place showings including a trio of 2-3 performances. Schachter and Ranson finished second and third in the 100 free with respective times of 52.91 and 53.02. The Green Wave's other swimming second-place finish came in the 200 medley relay where freshman Elizabeth Cook, Schachter, senior Kayla Alf-Huynh and Gu joined forces to post a 1:46.59.
The Green Wave also got 2-3 finishes from junior Sadie Eicher and freshman Maren Kjell in both the one- and three-meter springboards. Eicher was second in both elevations with a 237.38 in the one-meter and a 214.28 in the three-meter. Kjell, meanwhile, finished third with a 224.63 in the one-meter and 195.38 in the three.
"Sadie was throwing up all throughout the warm-up and both competitions," Tulane diving coach Justin Montrie said. "I'm proud of the way she put together a list and saw it through. It really shows why this team captain is special. Maren was all business and I think she is working towards a breakout meet when we travel to the Wildcat Invitational. She has a tremendous amount of talent and she has shown glimpses of greatness."
Alf-Huynh added a pair of third-place showings with a 24.39 in the 50 free and a 58.83 in the 100 fly, as did Ranson in the 200 free (1:55.20) and freshman Roni Meyer in the 1000 free (10:24.12). Schachter led Tulane with a 1:05.69 to finish fourth in the 100 breast while Meyer (5:07.61), Schachter (1:05.69), senior Gisele Calderon (2:09.41) and sophomore Laura Turpen (4:42.52) finished fourth in the 500 free, 100 breast, 200 fly and 400 IM, respectively.
Cook and Pfohl posted team-best fifth-place finishes in the 100 back (59.17) and 200 (2:08.01) while freshman Harley Jackson led the Tulane effort in the 200 breast with a 2:29.36 to finish sixth.
The Green Wave return to action on Thursday, Nov. 15, when the swimmers head to Houston for the three-day UH Cougar Classic. The divers, meanwhile, will participate in the Wildcat Diving Invitational from Nov. 16-18 in Tucson, Ariz.
Those two events are the final competitions of the fall for the Green Wave, and Tulane is slated to open the spring portion of its schedule on Saturday, Jan. 5, the Wave head to the West Coast to participate in the University of San Diego Relays.