Nov. 15, 2012
Elizabeth Cook, Mia Schachter, Kayla Alf-Huynh and Rachel Ranson joined forces to set a Green Wave record in the 400 medley relay to highlight the Tulane University swimming team's day-one effort at the Phill Hansel Invitational on Thursday at the University of Houston's Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium.
The record-setting performance helped Tulane post 32 points on the day to put the Green Wave ninth among the 14 participating teams. Tulane is eight points behind Texas (40) for eighth place and holds a two-point lead over 10th-placed Idaho. Texas A&M leads the way with 411 points, followed by Arkansas with 194, SMU with 153, LSU with 119, Houston with 93, Wyoming with 62 and Fresno State with 49. UCLA is eight points back of Idaho with 22 points while New Mexico State, Air Force and Clemson round out the standings with 17, 14 and four points, respectively.
Cook, Schachter, Alf-Huynh and Ranson's time in the 400 medley relay - which was good for 11th overall in the meet - was almost a second and a half better than the previous mark of 3:47.38 set by Tiffany Brown, Linda McEachrane, Taylor Emerson and Sarah Dicharry at the C-USA Championship on Feb. 24, 2005. In addition, Rebecca Dugan, Claire Schelske, Amy Needham and Kristine Gu posted a 22nd-place finish in the event with a time of 3:54.42, which ranks seventh in Tulane history.
The marks in the 400 medley relay were two of four times that rank among the greatest in Tulane history on the day. Alf-Huynh, Gu, Anna-Lewis Matson and Ranson combined to clock a 1:34.53 in the 200 free - the fourth-best time in the Green Wave record book - while freshman Roni Meyers's time of 5:01.57 in the 500 free finals is the No. 6 individual time in Tulane history.
The Wave's time in the 200 free relay was good for 11th overall, while Cook, Allie Evans, Lauren Pfohl and Elizabeth Whitaker were 22nd in the event with a 1:37.80. Meyer, meanwhile, was 29th in the 500 free and recorded a 5:03.06 during the preliminaries. Gisele Calderon was next for Tulane with a 5:08.87, followed by Schelske at 5:08.88, Rachel Schneider at 5:10.68 and Whitaker at 5:13.58.
Alf-Huynh led the Tulane effort in the 50 free with a 23.64 to finish 23rd overall, while Gu was 38th with a time of 24.26. During the 50 free preliminaries, Ranson clocked a 24.31 followed by Pfohl at 24.67, Evans and 24.77 and both Matson and Cari Caprio with a 24.78.
Freshman Holly Grender paced Tulane in the 20 IM, touching the wall at 2:12.14 during the preliminaries. Grace Tarka was next in the event with a 2:12.53, followed by Laura Turpen at 2:13.92 and Rebecca Dugan and 2:14.79.
The three-day event continues on Friday with the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. The tournament concludes on Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400free relay.
Tulane divers Sadie Eicher and Maren Kjell, meanwhile, begin their final competition of the fall season on Friday, Nov. 15, when they open competition in the Wildcat Diving Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The Green Wave duo will compete in the 3-meter springboard on Friday, the one-meter on Saturday and the platform on Sunday.