Nov. 17, 2012
Lauren Pfohl finished five-one hundredth of a second away from her own school record in the 200 backstroke as the Tulane University women's swimming team closed out the fall portion of its 2012-13 season on Saturday in day three of the Phill Hansel Invitational at the University of Houston's Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium.
The Green Wave finished the Hansel Invite with 66.5 points to finish 11th among the 15 participating teams. Texas A&M won the team title with 1,284.5 points, followed by Arkansas with 699.5, SMU with 501 and LSU with 450.5. Houston was next with 259 points with Wyoming (243), Fresno State (126), Texas (98), Idaho (93) and New Mexico State (75) finishing ahead of Tulane. Air Force was 12th in the team standings while UCLA, Nebraska and Clemson rounded out the field with 47, 27 and four points, respectively.
Pfohl's time of 2:02.31 in the 200 back was good enough for a 27th overall showing in the event. It is the No. 2 overall time in Green Wave history and is just shy of her mark of 2:02.26 at the 2010 C-USA Championship. Sophomore Vanessa Loewen also posted a 200 back time that made its way into the Tulane record book as her 2:03.89 is the No. 6 individual time and stands tied for 12th overall.
Freshmen Roni Meyer and Rachel Schneider posted the eighth- and ninth-best time in Tulane history in the 1650 free with respective times of 17:33.62 and 17:37.84. Senior Kristine Gu's 51.98 in the 100 free was a career best and good for a share of the No. 7 individual time in school history and senior Gisele Calderon's 2;05.24 in the 200 fly stands as the No. 11 overall mark in the Green Wave annals.
Freshman Harley Jackson clocked a 2:25.43 in the 200 breast - a showing that ranks as the No. 4 individual time and No. 10 overall time in the Tulane record book, and Tulane closed out the Hansel Invite with the fourth- and fifth-best times in school history in the 400 free relay. Mia Schachter, Kayla Alf-Huynh, Gu and Rachel Ranson combined for a 3:26.01 to finish 13th overall in the meet while Anna-Lewis Matson, Allie Evans, Pfohl and Cari Caprio posted a 3:28.95 to finish 20th in the Invitational.
Alf-Huynh led Tulane in the 100 free on Saturday with a 52.27 to finish 32nd overall, followed by Ranson at 51.56 to finish 33rd while Gu was 37th. Jackson's time in the 200 breast was 31st overall on the day and senior Jillian Daleiden was 36th with a 2:29.41. Calderon was 20th in the 200 fly, followed by Emily Needham at 33rd with a 2:05.88 and Amy Needham one spot back with a time of 2:08.38.
Tulane returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, when the Green Wave open the spring portion of its schedule at the University of San Diego Relays. The relay meet is the first of three events in California as Tulane will take on San Diego State on Jan. 7 and Loyola Marymount on Jan. 11.