Nov. 14, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University women's swimming and diving team will wrap the fall portion of its respective schedule as the Green Wave swimmers will head to Houston for the Phill Hansel Invitational while the divers travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the Wildcat Diving Invitational.
The UH Cougar Classic will run from Nov. 15-17 while the Wildcat Diving Invitational is slated to go from Nov. 16-18. The meets are the last for the team this semester as the Green Wave will open spring competition at the University of San Diego Relays on Jan. 5, 2013.
"I think our preparation has been really good," Tulane interim head swimming and diving coach T.J. Natal said. "We came down a couple of days to give the girls a little bit of rest so they'll feel a little bit better. We've been doing a lot of mental preparation and making sure that when we step out on the blocks that everything has been thought through and planned out for us."
Tulane is one of 15 schools participating in the Phill Hansel Invitational as the Green Wave are joined by fellow Conference USA members Houston, Rice and SMU, along with Air Force, Arkansas, Colorado State, Florida Gulf Coast, Fresno State, Idaho LSU, New Mexico, Texas A&M and Wyoming.
The three-day event will start each morning at 10 with the preliminaries while the finals are slated to start daily at 6 p.m. On Thursday, the teams will compete in the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley Relay. The action continues on Friday with the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back before closing out the meet on Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400free relay.
"This is a meet that has gotten a lot faster the last couple of years," Natal added. "Texas A&M will be there. LSU will be there. A lot of the schools rank among the Top 25 in the country. It'll give us a chance to see what people are doing around the country and also give us a chance to see how we stack up against them.
The divers, meanwhile, will head West for Tucson where the Green Wave duo of junior Sadie Eicher and freshman Maren Kjell will square off against some of the nation's best at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
Following a practice day on Thursday, the invitational will formally begin on Friday with the 3-meter springboard followed by the one-meter on Saturday and the platform elevation on the Sunday.
"This will be an opportunity for our girls to see some of the best in the country," Tulane diving coach Justin Montrie said. "What we did in the beginning of the year was kind of identify the top individuals in each one of the events, and then we wanted to pick out some of the meets and some of the invitationals that we could go to in order to be exposed to them. This is a really great meet with really, really high-caliber divers."