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

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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|

Sports Recap: Fall season coming to an end

The end of the line: SMU women’s soccer had a weekend of AAC championship play. The Mustangs defeated Temple 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals, Nov. 3. Junior Rikki Clarke scored the first two goals in Friday’s game and freshman Taylor Barg made the final goal. Sunday’s quarterfinal game marked the end of the season for the Mustangs after a 3-0 loss to UCF. Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said the team was timid in the first half of Sunday’s game; there was more momentum in the second half when SMU outshot UCF 8-6. The Mustangs end their fall season with a 3-5-1 record in the American Athletic Conference.

End of conference, start of championship: SMU men’s soccer ended 2013 AAC play with a 1-0 loss to UConn on Sunday, Nov. 3. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on Sunday’s game, “I felt like we were able to play good soccer throughout, and I thought we were able to move the ball and maintain possession, which created good opportunities” (SMU Athletics). In conjunction with the last conference game the men celebrated Senior Day and recognized seven seniors for their accomplishments.

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The Mustangs will face UConn again on Nov. 9 for the quarterfinal game of the AAC Conference Championship at 4 p.m.

Weekend sweep: SMU women’s volleyball had a winning weekend, defeating Rutgers Friday, Nov. 1 3-0 and UConn Sunday, Nov. 3, also 3-0. Junior Caroline Young led the offense during Sunday’s game with a match-high 12 kills. The Mustangs now sit 8-3 for the AAC and will travel to Cincinnati on Nov. 8 for their next game.

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Finishing strong:  SMU women’s cross country placed first at Saturday’s Inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship. Six runners earned all-confernce honors and five of them placed in the top ten at the Nov. 2 race. Coach Cathy Casey was also honored with Coach of the Year. This win marks the third straight championship for the Mustangs. Freshman Toya Magnuson placed second overall with a time of 20:23.16. Next up for the Mustangs is the South Central Regional Championship on Nov, 16 in Waco, TX.

See you in spring: SMU Men’s Tennis wrapped up their fall season this weekend at the Jack Kramer Club Invite, Nov. 1-3, 2013. Senior Alex Sanders and sophomore Nate Lammons won the doubles championship and senior Mischa Nowicki advanced to the semifinals for the singles. In addition, freshman Tony Russell made his first appearance for SMU this season and defeated Raphael Davidian of Utah in a singles match. Head Coach Carl Neufeld gave his remarks on the weekend, “All the guys had good results in this invitational at a historic venue. This was a great way to finish the fall, with great effort and results” (SMU Athletics).

November 4, 2013|Sports|

Sports: Away games and player recognition

Double weekend away: SMU volleyball will travel to Memphis Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 for a 6 p.m. game and to Temple Sunday, Oct. 13 for a noon game. The Mustangs are 6-4 all-time against the Tigers but this will be the first time they face Temple. SMU is currently tied for third in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 record and they are the second-most efficient hitting team with a .228 attack percentage.

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CCI: SMU men’s tennis will play in the Collin County Invitational in Plano this weekend. The men just wrapped up the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa where three players advanced to the main draw, Oct. 3-6, 2013. Junior Arturs Kazijevas played singles and fell in the second round of the consolation singles and sophomore Nate Lammons and senior Alex Sanders played doubles, for the first time together, and lost in the first round of consolations doubles. The 2013 Collin County Invitational is Oct. 11-12.

SMU Soccer:

  • Men: SMU men’s soccer plays at Cincinnati this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. SMU is 3-1 all time against Cincinnati who is currently 0-4 in the American Athletic Conference. SMU is 1-1-1 in the conference after a tie against Temple earlier this week; sophomore Eddie Puskarich made the sole goal of the game. Head Coach Tim McClements commented on the game versus Temple, “We would have much rather had three points than one point, but I felt that we played well in the first half. I’m really proud the players came back after the goal in the second half and retook over the game at the end.” (SMU Athletics)
  • Women: SMU women’s soccer travels to New Jersey this weekend to play Rutgers Sunday, Oct. 13, 2103 at 12 p.m. SMU has a 2-2 record in the American Athletic Conference setting them at fifth. The last time SMU and Rutgers met was in 1989 and the Mustangs won; they are hoping for another victory this weekend.

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Highlights: SMU Athletics Recognized

  • SMU senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Additionally, he was named to the honorable mention list for College Football Performance Awards National Quarterback of the Week and the honor roll for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. Gilbert broke five single-game school records at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior wide receiver Jeremy Johnson was named the National Player of the Week by the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and the National Wide Receiver for the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Johnson tied the school record with 18 receptions and broke the school record with 217 receiving yards at the SMU vs. Rutgers game.
  • SMU senior and women’s soccer player Courtney Smith was named to the National Team of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
  • SMU cross country is rated fourth in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) South Central Region poll.

All photos via SMU Athletics 

October 11, 2013|Sports|

Sports: Volleyball begins AAC play, football battles for the Iron Skillet

Image via SMU Athletics

Image via SMU Athletics

AAC: SMU volleyball travels to Connecticut Friday, Sept. 27 for their first match in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs rounded out non-conference play with an 8-5 record and are ranked second in the leagueCaroline Young was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, tallying 48 kills in 11 sets at the College of Charleston Classic. This is SMU’s first time facing the huskies, who enter the conference ranked fourth, and the match is set for 6 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 29, SMU will travel to Rutgers for a game at 12 p.m. This is also the first match-up between the two teams and Rutgers is currently ranked ninth.

Non-conference play: Men’s soccer will take the weekend off from conference play as they head West. On Friday, Sept. 27 the Mustangs face Washington at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29 they take on Portland, at 12:30 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win against Rutgers (1-0), their first match in the American Athletic Conference. Sophomore Alfred Koroma made the sole goal and senior Jamie Ibarra was named the American Athletic Conference men’s soccer Goalkeeper of the Week.

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Image via SMU Athletics

DFW Duel: The Battle for the Iron Skillet continues this weekend when SMU travels to TCU for their 94th meeting. TCU holds the record for all time games, 45-40-7 but SMU won the last match in Fort Worth 40-33 in overtime in 2011. Both SMU and TCU coaches will wear Coach to Cure MD patches at the game in an effort to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. SMU enters the game 1-2 overall, coming off a 13-42 loss to Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Amon Carter Stadium, and the game can be found on FoxSports 1.

Strong start: SMU men’s tennis is headed to Tulsa for the All-American Championships Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The Mustangs won their first event of the season, the Wyndham Invitational, hosted by Rice. In a recent interview SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld commented on the victory: “We had a great weekend of highly competitive tennis against three-nationally ranked teams.”

Soccer plays away: Women’s soccer will travel to Philadelphia Sunday, Sept. 29 for a noon match against Temple. This is the first meeting between SMU and Temple and SMU’s second game in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs enter Sunday 5-4 overall and 0-1 for conference play.

September 27, 2013|Sports|

Sports: Golf hosts DAC/SMU Invitational, Tennis on a winning streak

DAC/SMU Invitational: SMU women’s golf is hosting the 2013 Dallas Athletic Club/Southern Methodist University Invitational this weekend, April 5-7. The 15 teams in the tournament will play 54 holes over three days, 18 holes a day. Six of the teams participating are in the top 50 of the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings including SMU, ranking at 34. Friday and Saturday have an 8 a.m. tee time and Sunday is 8:30 a.m.

Match point: SMU men’s tennis will travel this weekend to play Notre Dame Friday, April 5, and USF Sunday, April 7. The Mustangs are currently 8-7 for the season and ranked 65th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The men extended their winning streak to four matches after defeating the Illinois-Chicago Flames on April 3. Friday’s match is at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 11 a.m.

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Mean Green: SMU track and field is traveling to Denton for the 2013 Mean Green Invitational hosted by North Texas. The Mustangs enter the weekend after setting records at their last meet. In the 10,000 meter run, freshman Karoline Skatteboe placed first with at time of 35:52.91, which was also recorded as the third-best time in the nation. Junior Caitlin Keen was also in the 10,000-meter run and finished fourth with at time of 36:47.16, the 13th-best time in the nation. Two school records were set at the meet: the first by SMU’s 4×100-meter relay team finishing in 44.76 and the second by Helena Perez in the shot put, throwing for 15.88 meters. The Mean Green Invitational takes place April 5-6.

(Image c/o SMU Athletics) 

April 5, 2013|Sports|
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