Eddie Sinnott

SMU to dedicate Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Robson and Lindley Aquatics Center, SMUSMU will dedicate the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center, the new home of SMU’s international championship swimming and diving programs, at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The 42,000 square foot center, located on the East Campus at 5550 SMU Boulevard, makes a big splash in Division I swimming and diving with facilities, coaching and training technology designed to prepare men’s and women’s swimmers and divers for the highest level of competition.

“For more than 70 years, SMU swimming and diving has produced Olympians, All Americans and NCAA champions,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The completion of the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center affirms SMU’s commitment to providing first-rate facilities to support our student-athletes.”

The Aquatics Center natatorium, named for legendary Mustang swim coaches A.R. “Red” Barr and George “Mac” McMillion ’55, features an indoor Olympic-sized pool configured for eight 50-meter competition lanes or twenty-two 25-yard lanes. Its diving area boasts a 10-meter diving tower with four springboards. Just like cupolas on campus and the Mustang on Expressway Tower, the diving tower will be lit in red when Mustang swimming is victorious.

The natatorium also features seating for 800 spectators on the mezzanine level. Three large high-definition video boards across from the seating area display swimming times, live video or graphics and swimming and diving scores.

As a practice facility, the center features the SwimPro video system, with underwater and above-water cameras to analyze swimmers’ performances. Video can be viewed on the pool deck or downloaded for review by coaches and student-athletes. The diving well also features cameras to capture 1-meter, 3-meter and platform diving.

“The video can be shown on mounted TVs on the deck so the coaches can review technique with the swimmers while practice is going on,” said Steve Collins, head coach of Mustang women’s swimming. “Video can also be viewed in the conference room for more detailed study with the swimmers or divers. The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is setting up a similar system.”

The pool deck also includes men’s and women’s varsity and visitor locker rooms, a student lounge and classroom, and coaches’ and administrative offices. Public locker rooms are also available for community events, such as competitions and swim lessons.

“Recruits will see SMU’s commitment to swimming and diving the minute they walk in the door of the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center,” said Eddie Sinnott ’76, head coach of Mustang men’s swimming. “Combined with SMU’s outstanding academic reputation and the great city of Dallas, SMU swimming and diving will offer a great opportunity to student-athletes for many years to come.”

“I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved with SMU swimming while attending SMU,” said donor Bruce Robson. “My family and I are honored to be part of helping honor the legacy of Coach Barr and Coach Mac and the swimmers and divers who built this incredible program. This new aquatics center will do its part in helping the current and future coaches at SMU to attract the top swimming and diving talent to SMU for years to come.”

— Written by Nancy George

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Sports: Women’s b-ball winning streak continues, Big East update

Keena Mays via SMU Athletics

Seven-win streak: SMU women’s basketball finished with a win at Thursday’s home game, scoring 6 points in the last 1:11 of the game. Securing a win on Thursday versus Houston has put the Mustangs in the lead in Conference USA with a 6-0 record and 15-4 overall for this season. Last week, junior Keena Mays was named Conference USA Player of the Week for the second time this season. College Sports Madness also named Mays its C-USA player of the week for Jan. 28, 2013. The women play UTEP this Sunday, Feb. 3, in El Paso. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. 

Back with a win: SMU men’s basketball ended their trio of away games with a win on Wednesday, Jan. 30, defeating Marshall 68-57. This is the first win against Marshall in SMU history and puts the men at 2-5 for Conference USA games and 12-10 overall this season. The Mustangs return home this Saturday, Feb. 2, to take on Houston at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.

Swimming in ATX: SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Austin this weekend for a two-day meet. The Mustangs are competing against the University of Texas and the University of Arizona on Feb. 1-2. The men were defeated in their last meet against Texas A&M, and the women are coming off a home meet win against TCU. Eddie Sinnott, SMU men’s swim coach, was selected to receive SMU’s Outstanding Leadership Award last week, given to an employee who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.” Sinnott will be recognized at the University’s 2013 Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Big East: The teams SMU will face during their first year in the BIG EAST Conference were finalized last month. In case you missed them, the Mustangs will take on the University of Central Florida, University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Temple University, University of Cincinnati, University of Houston, University of Memphis and University of South Florida. Pony up! (Logos via Big East, Edited by SMU Public Affairs)

Olympic Watch 2008: Athletes and coaches head for China

Originally published July 30, 2008.

Beijing Olympic medalsSMU will be part of the action at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as nearly 20 SMU students, alumni and coaches get ready for the games. The games begin Aug. 8.

The following alumni and student-athletes – some of them past Olympians and medalists – are confirmed to compete for their nations:

  • Camilo Becerra (’05) – Swimming, Columbia
  • Laura Reback Bennett (’97) – Triathlon, USA
  • Anja Carman (’08) – Swimming, Slovenia
  • Libor Charfreitag (’00) – Track and Field, Slovakia
  • Florence Ezeh (’00) – Track and Field, Togo
  • Lars Frolander (’98) – Swimming, Sweden
  • Petra Klosova, senior – Swimming, Czech Republic
  • Maroua Mathlouthi, sophomore – Swimming, Tunisia
  • Martina Moravcova (’98) – Swimming, Slovakia
  • Gaelle Niare (’08) – Track and Field, France
  • Sara Nordenstam (’06) – Swimming, Norway
  • Flavia Rigamonti (’06) – Swimming, Switzerland
  • Michael Robertson (attended 2003-04) – Track and Field, USA
  • Angela San Juan Cisneros (’08) – Swimming, Spain
  • Denisa Smolenova, first-year (incoming) – Swimming, Slovakia
  • Aleksander Tammert (’96) – Track and Field, Estonia

In addition, these Mustang coaches and alumni will participate:

  • Swimming Head Coaches Steve Collins and Eddie Sinnott each have accepted positions with Beijing-bound teams. Collins will be head coach of the Slovakian national team for the fourth time, while Sinnott will be an assistant team leader with the United States team.
  • Swimmer turned rower Dr. Rania Elwani (’99) is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission. She was elected to the position by her fellow athletes at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.
  • Tennis letterwinner Rodney Harmon (’83) has been named head men’s tennis coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, as announced by the United States Tennis Association. Harmon achieved a singles ranking of No. 1 in the country during his time at SMU.

(Above, the reverse design of Beijing’s Olympic medals – gold, silver and bronze discs inlaid with Chinese jade.)

Read more at the SMU Athletics site
See a list of past SMU Olympians (PDF format)
Official website of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Hot Links: Signing Day 2008

Think Pink logoSigning Day 2008: The Mustangs have signed 28 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Head Football Coach June Jones announced Feb. 6. Read more.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will help raise breast cancer awareness with “Pony Up for The Cure” Feb. 9 (SMU men vs. Rice) and “Think Pink” Feb. 14 (SMU women vs. Memphis). SMU Athletics is also running a “Pony Up for The Cure” online auction. Find more information at the SMU Athletics website.

The No. 21 men’s swimming and diving team won 11 of 13 events to defeat No. 20 Texas A&M Feb. 1. It was the 100th SMU meet win for Head Coach Eddie Sinnott. Read more.