Jan. 9, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's swimming and diving team will open the 2014 portion of its schedule on Friday, Jan. 10, when the Green Wave take on Colorado State, Conference-USA foe North Texas and host San Diego State beginning at 8 a.m. (CST) at the Aztec Aquaplex.
The quad-meet is the culmination of the team's annual training trip to the West Coast. While the team has enjoyed it share of fun and sun on the beaches in the San Diego area during its week-long venture, the conditioning the team went through during the journey have been among the toughest of the 2013-14 season under first-year head coach Katie Robinson.
"This past week has been our hardest week by a long shot," Robinson said. "We've had more practices, longer practices and have demanded higher speeds of training. After each practice, I've heard various team members say `That was the hardest practice we've done so far,' which tells me we're doing exactly what we need to be doing right now at this point in the season."
The Green Wave enter Friday's quad-meet following a solid fall season which saw the team post a 2-3 dual-meet record and finish fifth among seven teams during the Phill Hansel Invitational from Nov. 21-23 in Houston.
Along the way, Tulane swimmers have combined to post 26 marks that rank among the Top 10 individual performances and 39 times that rank among the Top 15 overall performances in school history. In addition, Green Wave divers have four Top 10 individual scores and 16 Top 16 overall marks while the Green Wave relay units tally 10 times that rank among the Top 15 performances in the program's record book.
Highlighting the list of accomplishments to date are freshman Ellie Sill's 2:02.87 in the 200 butterfly and the quartet of Elizabeth Cook, Joy Jason, Amy Needham and Mia Schachter's 3:45.13 showing in the 400 medley during the Phill Hansel Invite as both times stand as school records.
North Texas, meanwhile, are 0-3 in dual-meets, posted a second-place finish in the North Texas Relays on Oct. 4 and finished one spot behind the Green Wave at the Phil Hansel Invite. Friday's meet will be the second of four times the Green Wave and the Mean Green will meet in the pool as the two teams will square off in a dual-meet on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Denton, Texas and again in the Conference USA Championship from Feb. 26-March 1 in Atlanta, Ga.
"It's hard to tell how good we'll be against any given team since it's after an extremely hard week of training where we haven't backed off once," Robinson said. "If there's one thing I've learned about our team this past week, it's that they are tough, willing and able to fight to the end. I'm excited for our team to compete again having had such good training under their belt."
The San Diego State quad-meet is one of three events the Green Wave will compete in prior to the C-USA Championship. Tulane will travel to North Texas for its meet with the Mean Green on Jan. 18 and close out the regular season with a quad-meet against LSU, C-USA foe Rice and host Houston at the UH Campus Wellness & Recreation Center from Jan. 31 through Feb. 1.