Nov. 22, 2013
HOUSTON - One day after helping the 400 medley relay team set a school record and posting a second-place showing in the 50 free, sophomore Mia Schachter was at it again as the native of Arroyo Grande, Calif., won the 100 breast in day two of the Phill Hansel Invitational on Friday at the University of Houston's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
Schachter won the event with a mark of 1:02.09, which is the second-fastest time in Green Wave history behind only her own record of 1:01.81 set at last year's Conference USA Championship. Her time on Friday is and NCAA B-Cut standard and Schachter now has a chance to qualify for the NCAA National Championship in Minneapolis, Minn., from March 20-22, 2014.
The Green Wave scored 209.5 points on Friday to bring their two-day total to 360.5. Tulane slipped to fifth in the sevent-team completion but trail fourth-placed New Mexico State (384) but just 23.5 points and third-placed Idaho (454) by 93.5. Rice leads the team standings through two days with 686 points and the Owls hold a 223.5-point lead over current runner-up Houston. North Texas and Cal State Fresno round out the participating teams with 296 and 61 points, respectively.
"Today was a good day," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. "We started out with a solid morning having seven swims and one diver qualify for the top heat in finals and an additional three swims and one diver in the consolation final. We had a total of six lifetime bests to top off the prelim session.
"Tonight's final session was a long session with various results. We had another four lifetime best swims and they fought strong. Our highlight of the night obviously came from Mia Schachter winning in the 100 breast. She's been a reliable swimmer for our team all year long and her win was great to see."
Schachter's win was one of a dozen performances that earned spots in the Tulane record book. The Wave got off to a solid start on Friday as the quartets of Elizabeth Cook, Schachter, Amy Needham and Jonna Frantz along with Vanessa Loewen, Joy Jason, Ellie Sills and Cari Caprio finished with respective times of 1:43.75 and 1:46.40 in the 200 medley relay. The "A" unit's time was good for sixth in the meet and the No. 3 overall time in Tulane history. The "B" squad's mark, meanwhile, was 10th among the team's participating in the Hansel Invite and ranks 10th in the Green Wave annals.
Sophomore Holly Grender posted a career-best 4:29.66 to lead the Tulane effort in the 400 IM and finish 11th in the meet while posting the NO. 7 individual time and No. 12 overall time in Green Wave history.
Needham, Schachter and Sills all scribed their names in the Tulane record book in the 100 fly. Needham led the way with a 55.79 to finish fifth in the finals while posting a preliminary mark of 55.70. Her prelim time is a career-best, the No. 2 individual time and and the No. 4 overall showing in Green Wave history. Schachter was sixth in the meet with 56.14 - a mark that is ninth overall in Tulane history - and her 56.05 preliminary time is a career-best as well as the No. 3 individual and No. 4 overall mark in the school record book. Sills rounded out the Wave's Top 10 finals finishers in the event with a 56.21 to come in eighth in the finals. She clocked a 56.21 in the preliminaries, which is a season-best for her and the time is sixth individually and 13th overall among Tulane swimmers all time.
Joy was second to Schachter in the 100 breast for the Green Wave with a 1:03.51 to finish sixth overall and tally the second-fastest individual time and third overall mark in Tulane history. Cook led Tulane in the 100 back in the finals with a 56.66 to finish seventh. Her preliminary mark of 56.32 ranks 11th overall in the Green Wave record book.
Sophomore Lauren Arnold paced the team in the one-meter springboard with a 235.75 to finish seventh overall in the meet, and Caprio led all Tulane swimmers in the 200 free with a 16th overall finish at 1:55.14.
Tulane closed out the meet on a high note as both the "A" and "B" units posted times in the 800 free relay that would put them in the school record book. Roni Meyer teamed with Rachel Schneider, Sills and Caprio to clock a 7:36.21 while Grender, Schelske, Ali Talwar and Jason touched the wall at 7:39.63 - marks that rank ninth and 12th in Green Wave history.
"We learned quite a bit as a team with how to handle such a long meet and all the emotional highs and lows that come with all-out efforts," Robinson added. "I know an old saying of `know better, do better' and that's how we'll move our team forward. Tomorrow we've got a lot of good swims ahead of us. We have two sessions left in this meet and we'll look to be sharp tomorrow morning to set ourselves up for a great finals session to end the meet."
The Phill Hansel Invitational will conclude on Saturday when the seven participating teams will square off in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400free relay and platform diving. From there, the Green Wave will enjoy some time away from outside competition before returning to action on Jan. 10 when they travel to the West Coast to take on San Diego State.