men’s swimming and diving

SMU remembers legendary swim coach George “Mac” McMillion

Known to most on the Hilltop as “Coach Mac,” legendary SMU swimming coach George McMillion has died. McMillion’s passing on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 came just days after the dedication of the new Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium last week.

McMillion was the head coach of the SMU men’s swimming team from 1971-88 after a standout career as a student-athlete and 14 years as an assistant coach. His impact on the SMU swimming program helped inspire the construction of the new center and led to his name being attached to the facility.

“I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved with SMU swimming while attending SMU,” said former SMU swimmer and a lead donor to the Aquatics Center, Bruce Robson. “Coach Mac made an impact on my life and the lives of so many others. His influence will continue to be felt at SMU for years to come.”

Another lead donor, Steve Lindley, said, “I always admired Coach Mac’s commitment and dedication to and passion for SMU, its swimming and diving programs, and especially his swimmers. You can’t put a value on this. Not only was he a very successful coach, but he was truly interested in and positively impacted all the people he touched. I am also very thankful to all those that helped make the new Aquatic Center and Natatorium a reality. This was Coach Mac’s vision and it is certainly a very fitting legacy to him.”

SMU President R. Gerald Turner echoed Lindley’s sentiments.

“Coach Mac’s legacy as a student-athlete, mentor and coach will live on has an enduring legacy at SMU and in the world of swimming,” Turner said. “His accomplishments at SMU are legendary, but it’s the positive impact he had on those around him that will forever define his greatness.”

Former SMU swimmer and lead donor Dr. Jody Grant said McMillion built on a history of winning at SMU.

“Coach Mac added to the outstanding swimming tradition established by Coach Red Barr many years ago,” he said. “It’s been an honor to be associated with the program over the years. Coach Mac will be greatly missed by all of us in the swimming community, but what he helped build here at SMU will live on forever.”

SMU Director of Athletics Rick Hart said McMillion was revered by the SMU swimming community.

“The Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center is a reality because his commitment and love of SMU swimming and diving inspired others to give back,” Hart said. “While we are saddened by his passing, and I will personally miss visiting with him on Thursday mornings, we take solace in knowing that the Barr-McMillion Natatorium will serve as a fitting tribute and a legacy to his influence and impact on our program.”

SMU men’s swimming coach Eddie Sinnott said McMillion’s relationships spread far and wide.

“Coach Mac was a fixture on the SMU campus for over six decades, as a student, athlete, teacher, coach administrator and alum,” Sinnott said. “He impacted literally thousands of lives, both young and old, throughout his time on the Hilltop.”

As a student, McMillion was captain of the 1954 SMU team, winning seven Southwest Conference individual championships. McMillion also helped the Mustangs to team championships in 1953 and 1954. He returned to SMU to become an assistant coach for 14 years, then succeeded Coach A.R. Barr in 1971. That same year, McMillion was honored as the Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy recipient, which is presented annually to an individual or organization which, in the estimation of the recipient’s peers, has contributed in an outstanding way to swimming as a competitive sport and healthful recreational activity.

McMillion led the program to eight consecutive Southwest Conference Championships and was named SWC Coach of the Year four times. He coached 78 All-Americans and 15 NCAA Champions, while his teams earned 14 NCAA top-10 finishes.

“Coach Mac was a big influence on my life and coaching career,” said head women’s swimming coach Steve Collins. “I came to SMU in the fall of 1977 to work as a graduate assistant with the SMU men’s team to learn from George McMillion. During the course of my career, Coach Mac was a mentor and a friend whom I will miss dearly.”

On the international level, McMillion mentored 10 Olympians, including five Olympic medalists – Steve Lundquist, Ricardo Prado, Rich Saeger, Jerry Heidenreich and Ronnie Mills. His Mustang swimmers earned a combined six gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

McMillion was inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium honors SMU swimming and diving’s tradition of excellence.

“Our dream of building an Aquatics Center has been realized, and I am so grateful that he was able to see the finished product shortly before his death,” Collins added. “His legacy will live on and be honored in the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium, and through the lives of the many people touched as a teacher, swim coach and friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McMillion family.”

Memorial gifts may be made to The Coach George McMillion Men’s Swimming Endowment Fund at SMU, online at www.smu.edu/giving or by mail to SMU Gift Administration; PO Box 402; Dallas, TX  75275-0402.

“From the Learn to Swim Program to the Olympic gold medal, he helped young men and women reach their goals, while helping them develop into the people they ultimately became. His legacy will forever be remembered in the hearts of those he touched. He has run his race, and he has won,” Sinnott concluded.

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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Jody and Sheila Grant pledge $1.5 million to SMU’s Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center

Robson and Lindley Aquatics Center, artist's rendering

Former varsity swimmer Joseph M. “Jody” Grant ’60 met his wife, Sheila Peterson Grant, while they were both SMU students. Now they have provided $1.5 million to help fund the University’s new Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center.

With their gift, they’ve also created the Sheila and Jody Grant Challenge, which encourages other donors to give the remaining $1.5 million to complete the Center’s $22 million funding goal. The 42,000-square-foot facility, soon to be home to the University’s internationally recognized men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, will be dedicated Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, during SMU Homecoming.

Jody and Sheila Grant

Jody and Sheila Grant

“As community business and philanthropic leaders, Jody and Sheila Grant know the importance of reaching the finish line and completing worthy goals,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Their generosity is inspirational and helps get us closer to completing funding for the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and providing a place where our student athletes can continue the championship legacy of SMU swimming and diving.”

Jody Grant attended SMU on a swimming scholarship. He earned four individual Southwest Conference swimming championships and was twice named to the All-America team.

“SMU’s swimming program has been near and dear to my heart since Coach Red Barr recruited me many years ago to swim for the Mustangs,” said Dr. Grant. “I am honored to support this new facility, which will be home for the swimming program that was so meaningful to me.”

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NCAA, Olympic diving coach Jim Stillson to retire after 33 years at SMU

Jim Stillson, AAC Diving Coach of the Year 2017

SMU’s Jim Stillson with the American Athletic Conference’s 2017 Diving Coach of the Year Award. Stillson has announced his retirement after 33 years with SMU.

SMU Diving Coach Jim Stillson, a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year and 16-time conference Coach of the Year, has announced his retirement after 33 seasons on the Hilltop.

As head of the Mustang men’s and women’s programs, Stillson coached four individuals to eight NCAA Championships and 20 student-athletes to 71 All-America honors. He has also mentored three NCAA Divers of the Year and 10 U.S. National Champions. Overall, 21 of Stillson’s SMU divers have won 89 conference championships.

“We want to thank Coach Stillson for his years of service and his outstanding contributions to the successes of our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Rick Hart. “He is a legend in his field and has set the standard for SMU Diving. He has positioned us to compete for championships for years to come. We look forward to having him back on campus this fall when we open our new natatorium and having him join us to celebrate the future championships our divers will win because of the foundation he has laid.”

On the international level, Stillson has coached three Olympians to four appearances, including SMU alumnus Scott Donie (USA), who competed at the 1992 and 1996 Games, winning silver in 1992. Stillson also mentored 1996 Olympians Ali Al-Hasan (Kuwait) and Tony Iglesias (Bolivia).

In 1989, Stillson was named the NCAA Men’s Diving Coach of the Year and, in 1990 and 1995, the NCAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. Stillson served as one of the U.S. Diving National Team coaches from 1987-91 and again in 1997, leading the team at events in countries such as Europe, Australia, China and the Soviet Union. In addition, he was selected as a team leader for the USA Diving team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Stillson’s honors include the 1999 U.S. Olympic Committee Diving Coach of the Year award and the 1992 Mike Malone Memorial Award, given for outstanding contributions to diving by the national governing body of the sport. In 2015, he was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame with the Paragon Award, which is presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to aquatics.

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Sports: Highlights, Feb. 9, 2015

Cannen Cunnigham. SMU Men's Basketball.

Cannen Cunningham. SMU Men’s Basketball.

Men’s Basketball: With a final score of 68-57, No. 23 SMU gave Tulsa its first American Conference loss in 22 games on Saturday, Feb. 7. Leading a 15-0 second-half run, Nic Moore scored 23 points and Cannen Cunningham scored a season-high 16. The Mustangs will take on Houston this Thursday, Feb. 12, followed by a home game against UConn on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs return home after a 70-60 victory at UCF to take on the South Florida Bulls for the second time this season on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. The Bulls won the first meeting 82-59 despite 18 points from freshmen Alicia Froling and 12 from junior Gabrielle Wilkins.

Women’s Equestrian: After holding a 5-4 lead at the midpoint of their meet against TCU, the SMU women’s equestrian team was eventually defeated 11-7 by their crosstown rival on Friday, Feb. 6. With the largest margin of victory in an 83-79 decision, Sylvia de Toledo was named Most Outstanding Performer in equitation over fences for the second time this season. The Mustangs next compete on Sunday, March 1, as they host South Dakota State at the Sleepy P Ranch.

SMU Football coach Hayden Fry to receive the Legends Award.

SMU Football coach Hayden Fry to receive the Legends Award.

Football: The SMU Lettermen’s Board announced that legendary Mustang football coach Hayden Fry will receive the Legends Award. Fry will be the first individual honored with the newly created award at the SMU Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, May 1.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team finished its first round of the spring in 15th place at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Florida. Evelyn Dole had the best individual round, as she is tied for 14th place after carding a one-under, par 71. Plays resume Monday, Feb. 9. Live scoring can be found here.

Men’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU men’s swimming and diving team hosted the Pre-Conference Time Trials on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Carroll ISD Aquatic Center. The Mustangs are now headed into the championship season, as they travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the American Athletic Conference, Feb. 18-21.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team closed the dual-meet season with a 131-112 victory over North Texas on Friday, Feb. 6. Following this victory, the Mustangs hosted UNT and Oklahoma Bapist in a pre-conference time trial exhibition event at the Carroll ISD Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 7. During this exhibition, nine student-athletes were honored as the team celebrated Senior Day. Next, the Mustangs will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for the American Athletic Conference Championships, Feb. 18-21.

Men’s Tennis: The SMU Men’s Tennis team picked up two wins during the morning double-header on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Brad and Ann Brookshire Family Indoor Pavillion. The Mustangs started the morning with a 6-0 victory to Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Continuing their success, the Mustangs defeated Texas-Permian Basin with a 7-0 victory. SMU’s record is now 6-1 to open the spring season.

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SMU Women’s Volleyball head coach Lisa Seifert.

Women’s Tennis: The SMU Women’s Tennis team will take on Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m., in the Brad and Ann Brookshire Family Indoor Pavillon. Following this match, the Mustangs will end their week with a double-header against Northwestern State and Midwestern State on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Women’s Volleyball: SMU Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced Lisa Seifert has signed a three-year extension to remain head volleyball coach at SMU through the 2017 season. Since the program’s inception in 1966, Seifert has served as the lone coach and is coming off the most successful season in program history with a record 26 winds and just six losses.

Sports: Chad Morris introduced as new SMU head football coach

morrisFootball: Former Clemson offensive coordinator and Texas high school football coach Chad Morris was introduced as the new head football coach at SMU at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 1. Morris was named AFCA National Assistant Coach of the Year and one of five finalists for National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by 247Sports.com in 2013, and the National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com in 2011. Morris served as a head coach on the Texas high school level for 16 years, posting a 169-38 record overall and winning back-to-back undefeated state championships in his final two seasons at Lake Travis. In all, Morris took six of his teams to Texas State Championship Games, with three of those teams capturing state titles, and earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times.

The hire was a nice pick-me-up after a loss to in-state rival Houston on Friday, Nov. 28. Sophomore Matt Davis threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Gaines to give the Mustangs a 9-7 lead and hopes of picking up their first win. NCAA Football: Houston vs. SMUCougars running back Kenneth Farrow ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback Greg Ward Jr. added another to put Houston back on top 28-9 at the end of the third quarter. Davis had 145 yards passing for SMU, and led the Mustangs with 70 yards rushing on 20 carries. SMU will have one final shot for a win in their season finale on the road against Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.

heiseVolleyball: It was a weekend of broken records, as SMU won a program-record 15th match at home, defeating Tulsa 3-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Sophomore Janelle Giordano scored a match-high 12 kills, and junior Cailin Bula and sophomore Kristen Stehling each added 11 kills. Sopomore Morgan Heise finished with 22 digs. The Mustangs set another record for overall victories in a season, winning their 26th in a 3-0 sweep at East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 28.

Heise made program history by breaking the record for digs in a season after tallying 11 in the match, bringing her season total to 626. She passed Sydney Stewart who had 625 during the 2011 season. Senior Caroline Young led all attackers with 15 kills, in addition to 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. She was also named Libero of the Year in the American Athletic Conference, and was one of four Mustangs named to the all-conference team. Young and Avery Acker joined Heise on the first-team, and Giordano earned second-team honors.

yanickMen’s Basketball: Senior Yanick Moreira led SMU with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a wire-to-wire 78-72 loss to No. 25 Arkansas on Tuesday, Nov. 25. It was a game of runs as the Mustangs had an 18-6 run that pulled them within six, but then the Razorbacks responded with an 11-2 run of their own. SMU rallied again from 19 down to make the score 73-68 with 37 seconds remaining, nicmoorebut Arkansas held off the comeback.

The Mustangs bounced back the following night with a 72-59 win over Texas Southern. Junior Nic Moore scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 3-0f-4 from beyond the arc. Moore continued his hot streak in a 63-51 victory over Monmouth on Sunday, Nov. 30, scoring 18 of the team’s first 22 points and finishing with 23 points total. Moore was named to the watch list for the 2015 Naismith Award, given to the top men’s basketball player. Moore and SMU improved their record to 4-3 on the season, and are back in action at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 5 against Wyoming in Moody Coliseum. The game will be televised on ESPNews.

brameWomen’s Basketball: Freshmen Alicia Froling and Taylor Brame recorded their first career double-doubles, and junior Destynee Hives-McCray recorded her third double-double of the season in a commanding 77-46 win over Florida A&M on Friday, Nov. 28 to advance to the championship of the SMU Thanksgiving Classic. Hives-McCray finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Froling added 14 points and 10 boards, while Brame posted 11 points and 13 rebounds.hivesmccray

USC edged the Mustangs, 64-57, in the championship on Saturday, Nov. 29. Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray scored eight points and grabbed 13 boards, earning all-tournament honors. A night after holding Florida A&M to 19.1 percent shooting, the Mustangs limited the Trojans to just 23.5% from the field in the first half. However, USC came alive in the second half, scoring 46 of their 64 points after the break. SMU’s bounced back with a 62-55 win against North Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 3 for their eighth win in nine years over the Metroplex rivals. Gabrielle Wilkins paced the Mustangs’ scoring with 15 points. SMU squares off with Arizona State on the road on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

burnettMen’s Swimming and Diving: Senior diver Devin Burnett was named the American Athletic Conference’s Diver of the Week for the second consecutive week on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The reigning conference diver of the year was honored last week for his dominating performance against TCU. This week, he was honored for third-place finishes in the one-meter, three-meter and platform dives at the Art Adamson Invitational.

Equestrian: Senior Emma Roberts and sophomore Sylvia de Toledo were named United Equestrian Riders of the Month for November. Both riders won their head-to-head matchups in November road meets against New Mexico State and South Dakota State. Roberts earned the accolade for equitation over fences. De Toledo’s second Rider of the Month honor is for equitation on the flat.

Rowing: Head rowing coach Doug Wright has announced the hiring of Paige Love as an assistant coach for the program. Love spent the last seven years coaching at White Rock Lake for Dallas United Crew, the largest juniors club rowing program in Texas. During her time at DUC, she helped double the size of their high school competitive rowing program, and coached boats that were competitive in the region and regularly qualified boats to compete at Youth Nationals. She’s had more than 30 graduating student-athletes continue to row in college.

A standout collegiate student-athlete, Love was born and raised in Dallas and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism, focusing on strategic communications, from the University of Kansas. While at KU, Love rowed for the Division I rowing program from 2002-06.

Sports: Acker named to CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team, helps team to 2-0 weekend

bybelVolleyball: SMU climbed back into the top three in the American Athletic Conference standings with a 3-1 win against Memphis on Friday, Nov. 7 in Moody Coliseum. The win was the 20th of the season for the Mustangs, who improved to 20-5 overall and 9-4 in The American. Sophomore Morgan Heise recorded 31 digs, reaching 30 for the third time this season. Juniors Cailin Bula and Abbey Bybel (above) led the Mustangs with 13 kills and 12 kills, respectively. Junior Avery Acker tallied 46 assists and 13 digs for her 20th double-double of the season.

ackerSMU finished off the weekend with another 3-1 home victory over Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 9. Bybel matched her season-high with a team-best 16 kills, and led four Mustangs with at least 10 kills. Young recorded 12, sophomore Janelle Giordano posted 11, and Bula had 10. Acker (left) had a team-high 17 digs and 44 assists for her 21st double-double of the season. Acker was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team, earning the honor for the second consecutive season. She leads the American Athletic Conference and is seventh in the NCAA, averaging 11.61 assists per set. Acker and the Mustangs take a trip to the Sunshine State to face South Florida at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 14 and Central Florida at 11:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 16.

rosalesMen’s Soccer: Senior Damian Rosales (right) scored a pair of goals to help lead the third-seeded Mustangs over the No. 6 seed UCF, 4-0, on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Westcott Field in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals. The Mustangs wasted no time as junior Idrissa Camara brought the ball down the center of the field off the opening touch and was fouled inside the box to set up a penalty kick just 10 seconds in. Fellow junior John Lujano was called to the spot and converted his fourth penalty kick in as many attempts in the 2014 season.Goalkeeper Michael Nelson picked up his fifth shutout of the season, registering four saves.

Nelson was named the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and joins six other Mustangs honored by the conference for the 2014 season. conferencehonorsNelson joined Lujano (both left) on the All-Conference first team and joined defenders Jordan Cano and Jared Rice on the all-rookie team. Rosales, Camara and freshman Mauro Cichero were named second-team selections for the Mustangs. SMU moves on to the semifinals to face the No. 2-seed, Tulsa, at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 14 in Storrs, Connecticut. The Mustangs and Golden Hurricane split their two meetings this season.

Men’s Basketball: Sedrick Barefield, Jarrey Foster and Malik “Shake” Milton have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2015-16 season.

  • Milton (G, 6-5, 190) is a four-star guard from Owasso High School in Oklahoma. He was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013-14 after averaging 28.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
  • Barefield (G, 6-2, 185) is a three-star guard from Centennial High School in Corona, California. He averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds as a junior.
  • Foster (G, 6-5, 190) is a three-star guard for North Shore High School in Houston. As a junior, he averaged 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals in leading North Shore to its first Class 5A state championship.

Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team signed four players for the 2015-16 season, including local Skyline standout Dai’Ja Thomas. The Mustangs also signed Karlie Cronin from Vienna, Virginia; Arkansas transfer McKenzie Adams and Stephanie Collins, a third player from the Australian national program.

  • Thomas, a 6-2 forward from Skyline High School in Dallas, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds as a junior.
  • Cronin is a 5-9 guard from Oakton High School in Vienna, Va. She started 31 games as a freshman, leading the varsity squad to a 31-0 record and the Virginia state championship.
  • Adams started all 30 games for Arkansas last season, averaging 8.6 points.
  • Stephanie Collins, a 6-5 center from Melbourne, represented Australia at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women and follows the signing of Alicia and Keely Froling. The 6-2 twins who also competed in the national program.

lammonsMen’s Tennis: Junior Nate Lammons (left) fell to Mitch Stewart of Washington, 6-4, 7-5, in the singles championship match of the Jack Kramer Club Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 9. Lammons also reached the semifinals in doubles with sophomore Arkadijs Slobodkins. Lammons won the doubles event at last year’s Jack Kramer Club Invitational. The event concludes the fall season for the Mustangs.

womenstennisWomen’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team opened the new SMU Tennis Complex (right) in dominating fashion, winning seven of nine matches against Wyoming on the first day of the Blue & Red Challenge on Friday, Nov. 7. On day two, the Mustangs tallied five victories against South Alabama, and picked up three doubles wins. Junior Yana Erkeeva and sophomore Mary Wright won all three matches of the weekend. Sophomore Dasha Sharapova won two singles matches and is tied for the team lead with 10 victories on the year. The Mustangs take a break before beginning the spring season with a match against Sam Houston State on Friday, Jan. 30 at the SMU Tennis Complex.

burnettMen’s Swimming and Diving:  SMU lost to rival TCU, 173.5-126.5, in its first dual meet of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Mansfield Natatorium. The Mustangs earned their first of five victories of the meet when senior Sam Straughan captured the 100-yard backstroke. He also won the 100-yard butterfly. Senior diver Devin Burnett earned two first-place finishes.  The reigning American Athletic Conference Diver of the Year swept both the one-meter and three-meter dives.

dunnetygretWomen’s Golf: Brigitte Dunne and Haley Tygret (both right) will join the Mustangs for the 2015-16 season after signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Dunne, who plays at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California. This summer she was crowned champion of the North and South Junior at Pinehurst Resort. She is the highest-ranked signee in head coach Jeanne Sutherland’s three seasons at SMU. Tygret is a standout from North Torrance High in Torrance, California. Tygret was tabbed All-Ocean League while advancing to the CIF Finals as a junior.

mattdavisFootball: Sophomore Matt Davis (left) threw for 212 yards and one touchdown, and ran for another 181 yards and two touchdowns in SMU’s 38-28 loss to Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Davis’ 393 yards of total offense tied for 12th in SMU history. His two rushing touchdowns eliminated the Golden Hurricane’s 35-13 fourth-quarter lead, but the Mustangs’ comeback was stopped short. SMU returns home to face the University of South Florida at 7:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 15 as part of the Homecoming 2014 festivities. The game is also being promoted as Hats Off To Heroes Day where complimentary tickets and Boulevard tailgate (food and non-alcoholic beverages provided) are available for military service members, veterans, Stephen Nelsonpolice officers, firefighters, first responders and their families.

Senior wide receiver Stephen Nelson (right) has been nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to a Division I collegiate player who began their career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Nelson, a Beaverton, Oregon, native, is currently third on the team in receiving with 26 catches for 199 yards.

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.

Sports: SMU equestrian team upsets No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Georgia

equestrianEquestrian: It came down to the final ride, but the equestrian team pulled out an upset over top-ranked Georgia at the Sleepy P Ranch on Sunday, Oct. 26. The win helped SMU climb to No. 6 in the latest NCEA poll. The Mustangs and Bulldogs were tied 9-9, but SMU outscored Georgia 1525.25-1350 in raw score. Junior Alex Butterworth earned Most Outstanding Player honors with an 80-68 victory in Hunt seat competition. The Mustangs travel to South Dakota to face South Dakota State on Friday, Oct. 31 and No. 10 New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Screen shot 2014-10-29 at 8.58.43 AMMen’s Basketball: The Mustangs were picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, just two points behind defending conference champion and national champion, UConn. The Huskies received six first place votes, with SMU taking the remaining five. Juniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy were selected as unanimous all-conference first team selections. The first AP Poll of the 2014-2015 season will be released on Friday, Oct. 31. SMU begins their season on Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum against Lamar.

crosscountryCross Country: SMU heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma seeking their fourth straight conference championship in the American Athletic Conference championship on Friday, Oct. 31. The 6K race will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Mohawk Sports Complex. Six Mustangs finished in the top 11 spots in last year’s championship, and coach Cathy Casey was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

RowingRowing: The rowing team posted a pair of first-place finishes in the Open Double Scull and the First Novice 8+ races at the Head of the Colorado in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Mustangs occupied four of the top five spots in the Open Double Scull with crews finishing first, second, fourth and fifth. The victory in Novice 8+ was the second of the season after a win at the Head of the Oklahoma. SMU picked up two more top-three finishes with a second place finish in the Novice 4+ and a third place finish in the Second Novice 8+.

mensgolfMen’s Golf: No. 20 SMU rose two spots in the final round at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Tuesday, Oct. 28, finishing ninth overall. Freshman Ben Baxter and junior Bryson Dechambeau led the Mustangs with scores of 223, tying them for 28th individually. SMU struggled in the second round with a team score of 380, but made a 14-stroke turnaround in the final round. The Mustangs play next at the Gifford Collegiate in Newport Beach, California. The three-day event begins Monday, Nov. 3.

womensswimdiveWomen’s Swimming and Diving: The Mustangs are ranked No. 11 in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Poll after a third place finish at the SMU Classic and posting 15 times that ranked in the top-10 in the country. SMU is back in action against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:00 p.m. CT and against Houston on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

mensswimdiveMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team opens its 2014-2015 season with the North Texas Swimming A Meet in Frisco, Texas that begins on Friday, Oct. 31 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 2. The Mustangs are coming off a second place finish in the American Athletic Conference championships. SMU  returns seven all-conference performers, and welcomes in an impressive freshman class.

Women’s Tennis: Seven Mustangs will represent the women’s tennis team at the Houston Invitational this weekend beginning on Friday, Oct. 31 with play continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2. The event will feature both singles and doubles and will consist of four-player round-robin draws, all of which will have winners. Sophomores Anna Kate Anderson, Macie ElliottMary Wright and Dasha Sharapova, and juniors Vaszilisza Bulgakova, Yana Erkeeva and Hristina Dishkova will all represent SMU at the invitational.

jenparkWomen’s Golf: The women’s golf team had its best finish on the last day of the Alamo Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 28, which earned the Mustangs an eighth place finish. Junor Alexandra Rossi and senior Jennifer Park (pictured left) finished the tournament at 3-under for a share of 11th place. The event was their final of the fall, and they will resume play on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the UCF Invitational.

josephMen’s Soccer: A pair of second half goals lifted UConn over No. 24 SMU on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Storrs, Connecticut. The Mustangs are winless in their last three matches and have fallen to fourth place in the American Athletic Conference heading into the final game of the regular season. SMU was outshot 22-11, and freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson was forced to make eight saves, matching his career high set in a road loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Nelson was honored by the American Athletic Conference as a member of the weekly honor roll for the third time this season. The Mustangs led at halftime after freshman midfielder Benjamin Joseph (pictured right) tallied his second goal of the season, but the lead was quickly squandered in the second half. The Mustangs celebrate Senior Night on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Westcott Field against Cincinnati.

soccerseniorsWomen’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team fell to Memphis 4-1 on Senior Day at Westcott Field on Sunday, Oct. 26. Seniors , Rikki Clarke, Olivia Elliott, Shelby Redman, Lauryn Bodden (all pictured left) and Rachael Larson (not pictured) were all recognized after the game for their accomplishments and devotion to the program. Bodden recorded five saves in net. The Tigers got out to a 3-0 lead before the Mustangs could find the net. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates headed in a cross from fellow freshman forward Chinelo Odobulu. SMU will face Temple in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. CT in Orlando, Florida.

NCAA Football: MEM vs. SMUFootball: SMU was held to just 251 yards of total offense in a 48-10 loss to Memphis at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Tigers scored 41 of the first 48 points in the game, storming out to a 21-0 lead and adding another 20 after sophomore running back Prescott Line scored for the Mustangs. SMU enters another off week before traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma to face off with Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 8.

heiseVolleyball: The volleyball team recorded 111 digs in a five-set loss to Temple in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 24, which ranks seventh in program history. All five SMU attackers finished with at least 10 kills, led by junior Abbey Bybel’s 16. Junior Cailin Bula scored 15, sophomore Kristen Stehling recorded 13, and sophomore Janelle Giordano and senior Caroline Young each posted 10. Acker totaled 54 assists for her 16th double-double of the season, and Bybel tallied 17th digs for her 10th of the year. Young posted her sixth of the year with 12 digs, and Bula earned her first of the season with a career-high 15 digs.

The Mustangs continued their road trip with a 3-1 win over Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 26. Sophomore Morgan Heise (pictured above) posted 36 digs, which is good enough for fourth all-time in a match at SMU and American Athletic Conference Defensive Player Of The Week honors. With the win, the Mustangs improved their record to 17-5 and 6-4 in the conference. SMU travels next to New Orleans to face Tulane on Friday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m. CT and complete their road trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma against Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Sports: Men’s Swimming at 2013 NCAA National Championship

NCAA National Championship: SMU men’s swimming is in Indianapolis March 28-30 for the Division I NCAA National Championship meet. There are around 30 teams competing, and you can follow the Mustangs’ progress online. The women have already competed in their NCAA National Championship, also in Indianapolis, and tied for 24th overall with four swimmers receiving All American honors.

Tennis at home: SMU men’s tennis will play three home matches March 29-31. The Mustangs, who are 4-7 for the year, start the weekend with Marquette at noon Friday, March 29, Oklahoma State at noon Saturday, March 30 and finish against Idaho at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31. All matches are at the Samuell Grand Tennis Center and are free and open to the public.

Soccer Saturday: SMU women’s soccer continues its five spring games Saturday, March 30. The women play the Austin Nationals, a professional exhibition team, at 4 p.m. at Westcott Field. The Mustangs have also added players to the 2013 team, recruiting Taylor Barg, Kelsey Gorney, Taylor Jackson, Madison Reisdorf and, most recently, Bari Kesner.

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(All images c/o SMU Athletics) 

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