Nov. 1, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University swimming and diving team will close out the dual-meet portion of its fall season on Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Green Wave square off against Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
Tulane will honors seniors Cari Caprio and Caitlin Corcoran with a special pre-meet ceremony, and Saturday's contest will also be the Green Wave's Breast Cancer Awareness contest as the team and coaching staff will wear pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer research. A donation table will be set up for anyone wishing to give money for breast cancer research. All students in attendance will receive a pink t-shirt as part of the event and all non-students will receive a t-shirt with any donation to the cause.
"We're missing the October month by a couple of days, I know, but we hope that it still brings out a good amount of people," first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. "There's going to be a lot of fanfare around that. There will be some t-shirts and other giveaways to some of the students that are going to be there. We're looking forward to it. I'm going to be wearing pink for sure, so we hope fans come out and wear either blue and green or wear pink."
The Green Wave enter Saturday's meet 2-2 on the year and looking to bounce back from a loss at LSU last Friday night in Baton Rouge, La. In the contest against the Tigers, Tulane posted a pair of individual wins as sophomore Rachel Schneider won the 1,000 freestyle and freshman Ellie Sills emerged victorious in the 200 butterfly. The two winning times were a pair of 23 season-best showings for the Green Wave for the night.
"Our girls are looking pretty good right now," Robinson said. "Throughout the week, they were showing a little more excitement and I think that just comes from the meet coming up on Saturday. That's been good for me to see as a coach. We had a team set last Saturday that everyone was a part of, and it was cool to see a loud pool deck. Everyone was cheering for each other and supporting each other as we went through the set. That's been really great and I'm happy to see that with our team."
Vanderbilt, meanwhile, comes to town 0-2 on the year after dropping a 158-44 decision to Auburn on Sept. 27 and falling, 154.5-98.5 against Texas A&M on Oct. 12. Saturday's meet marks the fifth time Tulane and Vanderbilt will square off in the pool and the Green Wave are 4-0 in the all-time series.
In addition to last year's 148-139 victory in Nashville, Tenn., the Tulane defeated the Commodores 155-125 on Nov. 5, 2011, in New Orleans, 133-129 on Feb. 5, 2011, in Nashville, and 183-89 on Feb. 6, 2010, at the Reily Center Natatorium.
"We've had a pretty long-standing relationship swimming against Vanderbilt and it's always been pretty close from what I've seen in the record book," Robinson added. "I'm excited about getting to swim against a team that is a very good matchup for us right now and I think that will bring out a lot of competitive spirit and vibe on our team.
"I think we are very comparable with them in a lot of ways. We both have great institutions of higher education and I think it's fun to swim against teams that have priorities in both academics and athletics."
Following Saturday's showdown against the Commodores, Tulane returns to action on Nov. 21, when the Green Wave open play in the Phill Hansel UH Cougar Classic, in Houston, Texas. The three-day event - which follows NCAA Championship format - will conclude on Nov. 23 and will be the Green Wave's final competition of the fall semester.