Nov. 16, 2012
Mia Schachter set a Green Wave record with a 1:03.41 in the 100 breaststroke as the Tulane University women's swim team posted a second school mark in as many days during day two of the Phill Hansel Invitational on Friday at the University of Houston's Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium.
Schachter's time surpasses the former mark of 1:03.52 set by Tulane Hall of Famer Linda McEachrane at the Conference USA Championship on Feb. 24, 2006. Her record is the second set by the team this week as the 400 medley relay team set a team mark on Thursday.
As team, the Green Wave scored 22.5 points on Friday and Tulane's two-day total of 54.5 puts the team in 10th place among the 14 participating programs. Texas A&M leads the team race with 919 points, followed by Arkansas with 426, SMU with 358, LSU with 324.5, Houston with 181, Wyoming with 171, Fresno State with 82 and Texas with 72. The Wave are 12.5 points behind ninth-placed Idaho (67) and hold a 1.5 lead over 11th-placed New Mexico State (52). Air Force, UCLA, Nebraska and Clemson round out the team standings with respective scores of 36, 33, 10 and four.
Schachter's mark in the 100 breast was one of 11 swims to etch a spot in the Tulane record book. Elizabeth Cook, Schachter, Kayla Alf-Huynh and Kristine Gu clocked a 1:44.69 in the 200 medley relay to finish 11th in the meet while Rebecca Dugan, Claire Schelske, Grace Tarka and Rachel Ranson posted a 1:47.45 to finish 26th in the event. The former time is the second-best time in Tulane history while the latter ranks No. 9 in the program record book.
In addition, freshman Roni Meyer posted a 4:33.68 to finish 28th in the 400 IM and her time is the No. 9 individual mark in school history. In the 100 fly, senior Kayla Alf-Huynh's 56.07 is the fourth overall time while Schachter's 56.82 is the No. 4 individual time and No. 12 overall time in the Tulane record book.
Freshman Harley Jackson's 1:07.95 in the 100 breast is the No. 10 individual time in Tulane history, Lauren Pfohl's 57.32 in the 100 back is the No. 3 individual time and 13th overall time in the Green Wave record book and Cook's 58.69 in the 100 back is the ninth individual time in school annals.
In the final event of the day - the 800 free relay - Pfohl, Meyer, Cari Caprio and Ranson combined for a 7:35.93 while Allie Evans, Gisele Calderon, Rachel Schneider and Claire Schelske posted a 7:36.98. The times were good for the 15th and 16th spots in the Hansel Invite as well as the No. 6 and No. 8 times in Tulane history.
Meyer's showing in the 400 IM was good for a 28th-place finish on Friday while Holly Grender's mark of 4:35.08 put her 31st overall. Alf-Huynh led Tulane in the 100 fly by tying for 14th, followed by Schachter at 27th and Calderon 37th with a time of 57.67.
Schelske was second to Schachter on the team in the 100 breast with a 1:07.25 to finish 35th while Jackson's 1:07.95 was 38th. Pfoh's 100 back effort was good for 37th among the individuals participating while Vanessa Loewen was 40th with a 58.71. Ranson led Tulane in the 200 free with a 1:54.20 to finish 38th.
While the Tulane swimmers are two-thirds of the way through their fall finale, the Green Wave divers got theirs going on Friday as junior Sadie Eicher and freshman Maren Kjell began competition in the Wildcat Diving Invitational on Friday in Tucson, Ariz.
Kjell finished 32nd in the three-meter springboard with a mark fo 205.25 while Eicher was 37th overall with a 199.95. The Green Wave duo will continue the Wildcat Invite on Saturday with the one-meter springboard before closing things out on Sunday with the platform.
The Phill Hansel Invitational, meanwhile, concludes on Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400free relay. Following this weekend's meets, Tulane will open the spring portion of its 2012-13 schedule on Saturday, Jan. 5, when the Green Wave participate in the University of San Diego Relays.