Aug 29, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Home meets against Arkansas-Little Rock and Vanderbilt in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium as well as the annual trip to the West Coast highlight the 2013-14 Tulane swimming and diving schedule, new head coach Katie Robinson announced Thursday.
The upcoming season is the first for Robinson and her new staff of assistant coach Sarah Woodbury and diving coach Chris Devine. The team returns 19 letterwinners from the 2012-13 squad, which finished fifth in the 2013 C-USA Championship with 373 points - a total that nearly doubled its score from a year ago and the most by the program since going for 402.5 in 2006 - and welcomes the talent of five incoming freshmen.
"We are looking forward to our competitions we have lined up this season," Robinson said. "We've held on to a few familiar foes such as LSU, Houston, Rice, San Diego State, North Texas, Vanderbilt and Arkansas-Little Rock while adding new faces to the mix including Florida State and West Florida. Our schedule of competitions this year will challenge and test our women preparing our team for the Conference USA Championships where we look to peak."
The Green Wave open the season with a double-dual meet against West Florida and Florida State on Oct. 11 in Pensacola before returning to New Orleans the next day to host UALR. From there, Tulane will play at LSU on Oct. 25 and hosts the Commodores on Nov. 2 before closing out the fall portion of the schedule at the Phill Hansel Invitational at Houston from Nov. 21-23.
Following a one-month break, Tulane returns to action on Jan. 10 when they take on San Diego State in California before battling North Texas in Denton, Texas, on Jan. 18 and closing out the regular season with a quad meet against LSU, Rice and host Houston on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
"I like the back-to-back days of racing to toughen our team in both the fall and spring semesters," Robinson added. "The Phill Hansel Invitational, a meet conducted in the same three-day format as the C-USA Championships, will be a good mid-season checkpoint to provide feedback on each swimmer and reignite motivation through the fall finals period and the holiday break.
"The trip out West will not only serve to step up our training, but also to strengthen our team bond and to build our recruiting base to the West Coast. Our main goal is to be at our best come February for the C-USA Championships and we look forward to the challenge."
The 2013-14 Tulane roster features a pair of seniors in Cari Caprio and Caitlin Corcoran while juniors Rebecca Dugan, Morgan Evans, Molly Jubas, Vanessa Loewen, Amy Needham, Claire Schelske and Laura Turpen are back for their third collegiate seasons.
Lauren Arnold, Elizabeth Cook, Holly Grender, Harley Jackson, Maren Kjell, Anna Lewis Matson, Roni Meyer, Mia Schachter and Rachel Schneider comprise the sophomore class while true freshmen Jonna Frantz, Joy Jason, Ellie Sills, Ali Talwar and Abby Young will take the pool for the first time as college student-athletes during the upcoming season.