Jan. 17, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's swimming and diving team will look to continue the steady improvement it has displayed throughout the 2013-14 season on Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Green Wave travel to Denton, Texas, to take on Conference USA newcomer North Texas at 11 a.m. (CST).
Saturday's meet is the third of four head-to-head matchups between the Green Wave and the Mean Green. The first came during the Phill Hansel Invitational in Houston, Texas, from Nov. 21-13 when Tulane finished fifth of seven teams with 539.5 points, 140.5 points ahead of eight-placed North Texas. The two teams also met at last weekend's San Diego State quad meet where the Mean Green earned a head-to-head dual victory over the Green Wave, 162-137. After Saturday's meet, Tulane and North Texas will meet once again in the C-USA Championship from Feb. 26 through March 1, in Atlanta, Ga.
"Our swimmers performed as well as they could, staying focused and positive," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said of her team's effort last weekend in California. "Our competition was very tough and it is never easy to swallow a loss. To the public eye it looks gloom with the losses. I, however, feel that our trip was successful. We look to use these losses as fuel to the fire; learning from it and never doubting our speed will come to fruition when the time is right at Conference USA championship. In a sense, we've paid it forward."
In their last outing, the Green Wave combined to post 11 Top Five finishes, including second-place performances by sophomore Mia Schachter in the 100 breast and the quartet of junior Amy Needham, Schachter, freshman Jonna Frantz and senior Cari Caprio in the 400 free relay. Schachter added a third-place finish in the 100 free while sophomore diver Lauren Arnold came in third in the one-meter springboard.
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 Schachter's 3:45.13 showing in the 400 medley during the Phill Hansel Invite as both times stand as school records.
Following Saturday's meet at North Texas, the Green Wave close out the regular-season in a quad meet against LSU, Rice and Houston from Jan. 31 through Feb. 1 at the UH Campus Wellness & Recreation Center.