Sjöström advances to NCAA Cross Country Championship

Agnes Sjöström

Sjöström advances to NCAA Cross Country Championship

sjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (right) advanced to the NCAA Championship as an individual, as she finished third overall in the 142-runner field at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday, Nov. 14.  Sjöström’s time of 20:11.0 was not only a personal best, but was the second-fastest 6K time in school history.  Silje Fjortoft holds the SMU record with a 19:58.1 set in 2011. The Mustangs finished third overall, narrowly missing out on an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Junior Shanoah Souza also posted a personal record with a time of 20:45.0, landing her at 15th overall. For their top-25 finishes, Sjostrom and Souza were named to the NCAA All-Region team.

burnett_straughnMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team swept the weekly conference awards, as senior Devin Burnett was named American Athletic Conference Diver of the Week and junior Sam Straughan (both left) was named Swimmer of the Week. Burnett won both the one-meter and three-meter dives in SMU’s dual meet with TCU on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Both scores met qualifying standards for the NCAA Zone Diving competition. Straughan also earned two first-place finishes against TCU in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly. Both of Straughan’s times are the fastest in that event in The American so far this season.

Men’s Basketball: Ben Moore scored a career-high 22 points and posted a team-high nine rebounds with five assists to lead No. 22 SMU to a 93-54 victory over Lamar on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. Yanick Moreira added 19 for SMU, equaling his career high, on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting. The Mustangs shot 61.1 percent from the field, good enough for 10th in the nation after the opening weekend of play.

Moore again led the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points in a 72-56 loss at No. 13 Gonzaga on Monday, Nov. 17. It was the first meeting between the two schools. The Mustangs shot just 31.1 percent, and 24 percent in the second half.

Women’s Basketball: Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray led the Mustangs in scoring with 13 points in a 57-44 loss to Northern Colorado on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. The Bears recorded a wire-to-wire victory, jumping out to a 19-6 lead and never turning back. Freshman Alicia Froling nearly posted a double-double in her first-career collegiate game, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. SMU made a late push with a 15-3 run that closed the deficit to eight, but Northern Colorado held on for the win.

Hives-McCray was a dominant force again for SMU with 17 points and 15 rebounds in an exciting 63-59 victory over UTEP on Sunday, Nov. 14. The Mustangs went ahead 61-59 on a Keely Froling jumper with 1:23 remaining, and their stingy defense held strong through the final minute. The Froling twins combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds. After allowing the Miners to rally to a 42-39 lead early in the second half, Hives-McCray took over, recording 11 points and nine rebounds in the second half alone.

volleyballVolleyball: The volleyball team improved to 22-5 overall and 11-4 in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 victory against USF on Friday, Nov. 14. Junior Avery Acker recorded her 22nd double-double of the season with 39 assists and 18 digs in the win. Senior Caroline Young led the Mustangs with 14 kills, and junior Abbey Bybel added 10. Sophomore Morgan Heise had a team-high 22 digs, and Bybel also had 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

SMU squandered a 2-1 lead against league-leader UCF, losing 3-2 on Sunday, Nov. 16. Four Mustangs finished with at least 10 kills, led by Young and Bybel who each recorded 17. Cailin Bula scored 14 kills, and Kristen Stehling added 11 for SMU. Heise finished with 30 digs, reaching 30 for the fourth time this season. Acker posted her 23rd double-double of the season with 49 assists and 15 digs before leaving the match due to injury late in the fourth set. SMU returns home to face Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 21 at Moody Coliseum.

NCAA Football: USF vs. SMUFootball: South Florida quarterback Mike White threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the second with :04 left in the game, to lift South Florida to a 14-13 win over SMU on Saturday, Nov. 15, spoiling the 2014 Homecoming festivities. Sophomore Matt Davis tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Justin Lawler with :26 left in the first half to put the Mustangs ahead 13-0. SMU is back in action at 11:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 22 when the Mustangs travel to Orlando, Florida to take on UCF. The game will air on ESPNews.

menssoccerMen’s Soccer: The Mustangs dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 24 Tulsa in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Nov. 14. SMU was outshot 16-9 in the match, forcing American Goalkeeper of the Year Michael Nelson to make four saves. Abe Matamoros and Cameron Drackett managed to get shots past Nelson in the 35th and 73rd minutes, respectively. Senior Damian Rosales was named to the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament, won by Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 16.

November 1, 2014|Sports|

Sports: Rachel Nicol posts nation’s fastest breaststroke time, named AAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

nicolWomen’s Swimming and Diving: Senior Rachel Nicol and sophomore Tara-Lynn Nicholas swept the breaststroke heats to help lead the women’s swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the 21st annual SMU Classic on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Lewisville, Texas. Nicol received the season’s first American Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week after posting the nation’s top time in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the event with a time of 1:00:18. She also won the 200-yard heat with a time of 2:10.11, which is good for second in the nation. . The Mustangs also closed the event with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay. SMU closes out the month against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team dropped their first American Athletic Conference match of the season in a 1-0 loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Golden Hurricanes scored early, leaving SMU with plenty of time to equalize the game, but the  Mustangs could not capitalize. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson made a season-high eight saves. SMU continues their road trip in Storrs, Connecticut against UConn on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. CT.

bryceclarkFreshman Bryce Clark (pictured right) and junior Idrissa Camara (pictured below) earned league honors for their efforts in an exciting, 2-2 draw between No. 21 SMU and No. 24 South Florida at Westcott Field on Saturday, Oct. 18. Clark was named Rookie of the Week, and Camara landed a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll. soccerThe Mustangs had to come from behind on two occasions after sophomore USF midfielder Marcus Epps netted two goals in the 21st and 63rd minutes. SMU was silenced until the 61st minute, when Clark scored the equalizer on a 30-yard free kick. The Mustangs, who outshot the Bulls 11-2 in the second half, scored on another free kick off the head of Camara. He leads the team with six goals this season. Neither squad was able to find the golden goal in overtime, and both left the field with a point in the standings.

dishkova,vernerWomen’s Tennis: Junior Hristina Dishkova and senior Holly Verner (both pictured left) had their run at the ITA Texas Regional end in the semifinals of the doubles draw on Sunday, Oct. 19, as they fell to TCU’s Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan; 6-4, 6-2. Dishkova, junior Vaszilisza Bulgakova and sophomore Dasha Sharapova all had their singles runs end in the round of 32. The Mustangs will return to action on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Houston Invitational.

kasjievsMen’s Tennis: Senior Arturs Kazijevs (pictured right) and junior Nate Lammons each won two matches at the USTA-ITA Texas Regional Championships on Sunday, Oct. 19 in College Station, Texas. Kazijevs began the tournament as the No. 9 seed, and reached the round of 16 before his tournament run ended in a three-set loss to Texas Tech’s Felipe Soares. The Mustangs compete again in the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas that begins on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Volleyball: Senior Caroline Young (pictured left) showed that she has returned to form with her second double-double in as many games in a 3-0 win over East Carolina at Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Oct. 19. Young recorded 11 kills and 10 digs just two weeks after an ankle injury removed her from a match against Memphis. youngJunior Abbey Bybel finished the match with 10 kills and 12 digs, posting her ninth double-double of the season, and junior Avery Acker tallied 38 assists and a team-high 13 digs for her team-best 15th double-double of the year. SMU is now 16-4 on the year, with an impressive 10-1 record at home. The Mustangs begin a four-match road trip against Temple on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. CT in Philadelphia.

souzaCross Country: The cross country team finished 23rd in a highly competitive 38-school field at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 17. The race featured 22 teams ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (20:29) and junior Shanoah Souza (20:46; pictured left) both recorded personal best times and finished in the top 60 of the 265-runner field. The Mustangs finished ahead of four ranked teams including No. 23 Providence, the defending national champions. SMU takes a week off before the American Athletic Conference Championships on Friday, Oct. 31 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Mustangs seek their fourth consecutive conference title and their sixth of the past seven years.

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at Southern MethodistFootball: SMU dropped its sixth straight game in a 41-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18. The 0-6 start is the program’s worst since they went 1-11 in 2008. Cody Rademacher’s 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter cut the Cincinnati lead to 6-3, but SMU surrendered 22 points in the second quarter. The Mustangs host the Memphis Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. CT as part of SMU Family Weekend. The game will air on ESPNews.

JACOBSWomen’s Soccer: Missed opportunities plagued the women’s soccer team in a 2-0 loss to East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Greenville, North Carolina. Sophomore Kelsey Gorney’s shot in the 20th minute missed wide, followed by a shot ripped by midfielder Paige Jacobs (pictured left) from 25 yards out in the 28th minute that deflected off the crossbar. In the 42nd minute, freshman Diana Kay Manley, who made her first appearance of the year, fired a shot towards the upper right corner, but Pirates goalkeeper Erika Lenns made a diving, one-handed save.

The problems continued in a 2-1 loss to Tulsa at Westcott Field on Thursday, Oct. 23. Senior Olivia Elliott, playing forward for the first time this season, sent in a threatening cross in the fifth minute that barely missed the outstretched foot of Gorney. Elliot also missed wide right on two shots in the 11th and 12th minutes. Down 2-0 in the 84th minute, Elliot finally found the back of the net on a header. SMU pressured in the final minutes, but could not level the score. The Mustangs host Memphis in their season finale on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. CT.

October 24, 2014|Sports|

SMU Basketball set to host ‘Midway Madness’ at the State Fair of Texas on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Midway MadnessBasketball: Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will host “Midway Madness” at the State Fair of Texas on Monday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Mustangs will set up a SMU-branded basketball court on Lone Star Boulevard outside the Texas Hall of State. Contests begin on the court at 10:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day with an autograph session from noon-1 p.m.

The men’s team began practice on Monday, Oct. 6 in preparation for their season opener against Lamar in Moody Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader that begins with the women’s team tipping off against Northern Colorado at 6 p.m.

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Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team climbed back into the National Collegiate Equestrian Association poll as the 9th-ranked program after an upset over then-No. 8 Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Mustangs face defending national champions and No. 1 Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Sleepy P Ranch.

DechambeauMen’s Golf: Junior Bryson Dechambeau won the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in Erin, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and the team finished second behind No. 9 UCLA. The Mustangs held the top spot for a portion of the day, but could not hold off the Bruins. Dechambeau’s victory is the second of his career after a win at the inaugural 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships. SMU is back in action on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team claimed a 7th-place finish at the Schooner Fall Classic on Monday, Oct. 6 in Norman, Oklahoma, with a one-under final round. Junior Jenny Haglund led the Mustangs at five-under and tied for 4th in the field. The Mustangs travel next to Austin for the Betsy Rawls Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas. The event begins on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Agnes SjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström was named the American Athletic Conference’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her 2nd-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 3. The race featured 20 schools and 165 runners. Her time of 16:17.7 set a personal record and ranks as the 2nd-fastest 5K time in SMU history. Sjöström finished just eight seconds behind New Mexico senior Charlotte Arter. The Mustangs finished 8th place overall.

volleyballWomen’s Volleyball: SMU split their weekend American Athletic Conference road matchups over the weekend with a win on Friday, Oct. 3 over Cincinnati and a loss to Memphis on Sunday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs knocked Cincinnati from the unbeaten ranks in the conference with a 3-1 win. Memphis took advantage of an injury to senior Caroline Young, defeating SMU in three straight sets. The Mustangs return home to host Houston on Friday, Oct. 10 in Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Football: The Mustangs fell to No. 22 East Carolina, 45-24, in the Pirates’ American  debut on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Greenville, North Carolina. SMU finished with a season-high 390 yards of offense, led by junior Garret Krstich’s 339 passing yards. Krstich threw two touchdown passes to NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at East Carolinajunior Darius Joseph and kept the Mustangs in the game until late in the 4th quarter. After a missed field goal that would’ve trimmed the Pirate lead to 35-27, ECU scored 10 unanswered points in the final half of the 4th quarter. SMU enters a bye week before Cincinnati visits the Hilltop on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Men’s Soccer: Junior John Lujano was the hero in a 1-1 draw against UCF on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Orlando, Florida. Ahead 1-0, the Knights were signaled for a foul in their own penalty box with just seconds remaining. Lujano stepped up and converted the penalty kick to tie the game. The goal was Lujano’s second converted penalty in as many games. First-year goalkeeper Michael Nelson made five saves and was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for the second time this season. He has a 1.08 goals-against-average and has tallied 26 saves this season.

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The Mustangs extended their American Athletic Conference unbeaten streak to six matches with a 2-0 win over Memphis on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Westcott Field. Freshman Jared Rice tallied a pair of assists and leads the team with five assists this season. The Mustangs are 5-0-1 in their last six games after a rocky 1-3 start. SMU is 2-0-1 in American play and sit atop the conference table. The team’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 11 at noon against Temple at Westcott Field.

lauryn boddenWomen’s Soccer: The SMU women’s soccer team went 0-2 in their Florida road trip with a 3-0 loss to No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 and a 2-1 loss to USF on Sunday, Oct. 5. Senior goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden  made her return to the net on Friday after missing the first 11 games to injury. Bodden made five saves against UCF and a career-high 11 saves against USF. The Mustangs carried a 1-0 lead into halftime against the Bulls, but surrendered two goals in the final 15 minutes.

rikki clarkeThe Mustangs rebounded against Temple at home on Thursday, Oct. 9 behind senior Rikki Clarke’s winner in the 20th minute. The goal was the first of the season for the four-year starter. Bodden had four saves in the game, all coming in the final 13 minutes with the Owls attempting to force overtime. SMU returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 12 for a noon tilt against UConn at Westcott Field.

Women’s Tennis: Junior Hristina Dishkova tallied two wins in the final day of the HEB/Under Armour Invitational in Waco, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 5. Dishkova finished the weekend with five overall victories. The Mustangs return to the court Friday, Oct. 10 in the Collin College Fall Open.

October 10, 2014|Sports|

Sports: Cross Country to NCAA Championships, Swimming to
Texas A&M Invitational

TCU Swim/Dive vs SMUA&M Invitational: SMU men and women’s swimming will be in College Station Nov. 21-23 for the Texas A&M Invitational. Participating teams will include Stanford, LSU, TCU, Air Force and Texas A&M. Following the A&M meet, the men will compete at the Texas Invitational Dec. 5-7 as their final event of 2013; the Texas A&M Invitational will be the last event of the year for the women. Follow along with the Mustangs here.

Football to Florida: The Mustangs will travel to Tampa Saturday, Nov. 23 to take on the USF Bulls. SMU is coming off a home win against UConn, 38-21. They must win two of three final games to become bowl-eligible. It was announced this week that two SMU seniors, quarterback Garrett Gilbert and wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, have been named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalists. Finalists for the award will be announced on Monday, Dec. 9, and the winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. This is the first time SMU has played USF; kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

Championship Bound: For the first time since 2009, SMU women’s cross country will compete in the NCAA Championships. The Mustangs advanced to the championship after placing second (out of 20) at the South Central Regional Meet. Sophomore Tova Magnusson was the first to finish the 6k for the Mustangs with a time of 20:49.7, placing 12/140 overall. Magnusson was also named USTFCCCA All-Region selection along with Shanoah Souza and Agnes Sjöström. The NCAA Championship begins at noon Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Basketball Update:

  • Men: The men have two home games lined up before Thanksgiving break. The Mustangs play Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 and Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Sunday’s game marks the first of four games of the Corpus Christi Challenge. Freshman Ben Moore was named AAC Rookie of the Week, and sophomore Nic Moore is currently the highest scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 15 points per game. The men are currently 3-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
  • Women: The women will travel this weekend to play Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. They are coming off a home win against Mississippi Valley State, 91-52, putting them at 4-0 for the season. As a team, the Mustangs are averaging 81.2 points per game and defensively forcing 20 turnovers per game. The women return home for a game against Lamar at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

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November 22, 2013|Sports|
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