Sports: Rachel Nicol posts nation’s fastest breaststroke time, named AAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week
Women’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.
Freshman 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. The 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.
Women’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.
Men’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. Junior 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.
Cross 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.
Football: 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.
Women’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.