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Sports: Rhonda Rompola announces retirement after 35 years with SMU women’s basketball

rompolaRompola Announces Retirement: On Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, Mustang women’s basketball head coach Rhonda Rompola announced that she will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. She has been a part of the Hilltop for the past 35 years, first as a student-athlete and then as a coach. Rompola has either played or coached in 35 of the 40 seasons in which SMU has sponsored women’s basketball as a varsity sport. As Rick Hart, SMU Director of Athletics, put it, “Rhonda is synonymous with SMU women’s basketball.” SMU will honor Rompola after the team’s final home game on Saturday, Feb. 27, when the Mustangs host Houston at 2 p.m.

Day four of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium in Houston, TX on Saturday February 20, 2016. (Ben Solomon/American Athletic Conference)

Day four of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium in Houston, TX on Saturday February 20, 2016.
(Ben Solomon/American Athletic Conference)

Mustangs Repeat As AAC Swimming and Diving Champions: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team defended their title as American Athletic Conference champions this past weekend at the University of Houston. They once again came out on top, winning 10 of 18 swimming events, including a sweep of all five relays. This Championship is the Mustangs’ second in the three-year history of the American, and 17th in the last 20 seasons. The Mustangs finished with 681 points, while runner-up Tulane finished with 637.5. Head coach Steve Collins and assistant coach Ashley Dell were also honored as the 2016 AAC Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year, an award the staff was also honored with in 2015.

SMU Men’s Basketball Takes the Win Against East Carolina (add in Memphis away game on Thursday): On a Sunday afternoon of Moody Magic, No. 21 SMU defeated East Carolina 74-63. Nic Moore held down 22 points, including four 3-pointers after half-time. SMU is still in contention to win the league’s regular season-title for the second-year in a row. This win also allowed SMU to stay in the AP Top 25 for the 14th consecutive week, currently standing at No. 24.

2016-02-26T14:16:11+00:00 February 26, 2016|Sports|

Sports: SMU In It to Win It

February 17, 2016: at Moody Coliseum. Photo by Vladimir Cherry

SMU Women’s Basketball celebrated Senior Day 2016 with a win over Tulsa in Moody Coliseum.
Photo by Vladimir Cherry

SMU beats Tulsa 62-45 on Senior Day: SMU Women’s Basketball took the win over Tulsa on Wednesday night, 62-45. Stephanie Collins set an SMU single-game record with seven blocks, and had 10 rebounds and 10 points for her second double-double of the season. Collins’ seven blocks is the second most in the American Athletic Conference this season. Gabrielle Wilkins, who was honored in a pregame ceremony, finished with 12 rebounds, six points, six assists and three steals. SMU took control early, outscoring the Golden Hurricane 20-6 in the opening 10 minutes and maintained the lead throughout the game.

SMU Men’s Basketball takes on Gonzaga and UConn: On Saturday, Feb. 13, #16 SMU took on Gonzaga at Moody Coliseum finishing with a 69-60 win. This non-conference match-up of league leaders, broke the Zags six-game winning streak and hurt their chances of reentering the Top 25. On Thursday, Feb. 18, #21 SMU fell to UConn on the road, 68-62. SMU will replay UConn at home on Thursday, March 3 – stay tuned!

volleyballFour Mustangs to Attend USA Volleyball National Team Tryout: Four Mustangs will attend the USA Volleyball National Team tryouts Feb. 19-21, 2016. The group includes AVCA All-American Honorable Mention award winners Morgan Heise and Janelle Giordano, as well as Katie Hegarty and Lauren Mills. The tryout will include 231 student-athletes from 88 participating universities and colleges and can be viewed online here.

2016-02-19T11:13:26+00:00 February 19, 2016|Sports|

Sports: SMU Athletics on the Rise

footballcalendar2016 SMU Football Schedule Released: The 2016 SMU Football schedule has been released and includes home games with TCU, Houston and Memphis. Be looking out for the match-up of SMU vs. TCU on September 23, 2016.

SMU Men’s Soccer Team adds ten for 2016: Head Coach Kevin Hudson has announced that ten new players will be joining the SMU Men’s Soccer Team in 2016. These players will join the ranks of a team which ended the season with a 15-3-4 record, an American Athletic Conference regular season title and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. Hudson believes the elite group of new players will immediately make the team better.

Feb 7, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs guard Nic Moore (11) shoots a three pointer against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at USF Sun Dome. SMU defeated South Florida 93-59. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nic Moore named to Wooden Award Late Season Top 20: SMU senior Nic Moore, the reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, was named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20. This prestigious honor recognizes the top player in the country. Moore is also one of the ten finalists for the Bob Cousey Award and was named to the Naismith and Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch Lists.

SMU Head Football Coach Chad Morris builds team with Texas recruits: Chad Morris prepares for his second season on the job by assembling a recruiting class entirely from Texas. Morris prides himself on the accomplishment and wants to continue to build the team through Texas recruits. Texas has always been a large and competitive recruiting state but Morris has yet to back down from any challenges thrown his way.

spike2Aaron “Spike” Davis named to US Eagles Rugby Team: SMU football alumnus, Aaron “Spike” Davis has been called up to the USA Men’s Eagles Rugby Team in preparation for the Americans Rugby Championship Match. The match will be played on Saturday, February 13th against Canada at the Dell Diamond in Austin, Texas. Davis played for the SMU Football team for four years and participated in mini-camps with the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins before transitioning to rugby.

 

2016-02-12T10:50:51+00:00 February 12, 2016|Sports|

Sports: SMU Athletics celebrates a successful Fall 2015

Undefeated SMU: The SMU Mustangs are 16-0, marking the 2nd longest winning streak in school history. They rank third in Division I and first in the American Athletic Conference. With 14 games left in the season, the finish line comes March 6 at Cincinnati.

Avery Acker

SMU volleyball player Avery Acker named CoSida Academic All-American of the Year: Senior setter Avery Acker has left a legacy at SMU both on and off the volleyball court. She was named the Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Acker posted a 3.95 GPA in accounting with minors in chemistry and biology, and has been accepted into medical school. The Poth native led the Mustangs to a program-record 27 wins and the school’s first conference championship, going 17-3 in the American Athletic Conference and 27-6 overall to advance to the NCAA Championship. She was also named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week in September 2015 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, becoming the first SMU player and first member of the American Athletic Conference to earn the honor.

Jackie Galloway to compete in 2016 Rio Olympics: CompeScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 1.32.55 PMting in taekwondo, SMU sophomore Jackie Galloway has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Galloway has established herself as one of the country’s top taekwondo athletes, especially this season. She is majoring in mechanical engineering and was on the Division I rowing team for SMU.

SMU Men’s Tennis debuts at No. 46 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings: The SMU men’s tennis team is one of the most improved teams out of the toScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 2.21.52 PMp 100 from last year’s rankings – debuting at No. 46 in the ITA Rankings. The Mustangs are also represented twice in the singles poll and once in the doubles polls. Junior Hunter Johnson and senior Nate Lammons represent the Mustangs in the singles poll as the 32nd and 44th best player in the nation, respectively. The twosome of Lammons and junior Arkadijs Slobodkins crack the top 20 in the doubles poll at No. 16. The Mustangs will open their dual match play Saturday, Jan. 23 against UCLA.

 

2016-01-15T14:59:02+00:00 January 15, 2016|Sports|

New SMU safety policy restricts items allowed into Ford Stadium

Clear handbag

An example of the type of bag that will be allowed in SMU’s Ford Stadium under new safety rules starting in fall 2015.

As faculty, staff members and students prepare for the 2015 Mustang football season, SMU is sharing information about a new safety policy that will restrict items that may be carried into Ford Stadium.

The only bags permitted will be those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC which do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag.

SMU’s gameday policy is modeled after that pioneered by the National Football League and in place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and all other NFL stadiums. Other universities, such as Penn State and Rutgers, have made similar changes to their policies to embrace what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers a “best practice.”

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The policy acknowledges the reality of contemporary public safety issues and allows for improved protection against items being smuggled into the stadium, as well as faster passage through security screening at stadium entrances.

Signs explaining the new Ford Stadium policy will be posted in and around SMU parking facilities to alert fans. Separate screening will be available at all gates for items that are medically necessary and do not fit the clear bag policy.

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Things that fans normally carry in pockets can still come into the stadium in pockets – such as keys and cell phones.

Clear bag chart, SMU Ford Stadium

The following items are prohibited from entering Ford Stadium:

  • Purses
  • Coolers
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Computer and camera bags
  • Cinch bags
  • Diaper bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments
  • Outside food or drink (one sealed bottle of water permitted)
  • Laser pointers
  • Noisemakers
  • Footballs or throwing objects
  • Radios (except pocket size with headsets)
  • Animals (except those assisting disabled guests)
  • Firearms, weapons, or knives of any kind

Questions or comments should be directed by e-mail to SMU Athletics.

> Find a complete list of SMU Ford Stadium gameday policies

2015-09-03T14:26:05+00:00 September 3, 2015|News, Sports|
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