Hot Links: Equestrian team competes for national title

Natalia Bubien

Hot Links: Equestrian team competes for national title

SMU equestrian team member Kristen CollinsThe equestrian team competes in the 2009 Varsity Equestrian National Championships against No. 6 seed Oklahoma State April 16 at the Heart of Texas Fair Complex in Waco. The Mustangs earned the No. 11 seed in the Hunt Seat division, which begins with fences at 9 a.m. followed by equitation on the flat at 1:30 p.m. Junior Kristen Collins (right) will lead the Mustangs as the only rider in the lineup to compete in both fences and equitation. Read more.

Sophomore Darren Walsh (below left) has been named to the 2009 Conference USA All-Academic men’s tennis team for excellence in the classroom and on the court. A computer science major with a 3.93 G.P.A. in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering, Walsh also was named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and achieved an ITA doubles ranking of No. 33 with fellow sophomore Adham el-Effendi, posting a 15-4 overall record. Read more.

Meanwhile, senior Natalia Bubien has been named to the 2009 Conference USA All-Academic women’s tennis team. Bubien, who has a 3.86 G.P.A. and is ranked 1st in C-USA at No. 1 singles, is a psychology major with a minor in biological sciences in SMU’s Dedman College. A 4-time C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal and Honor Roll winner, Bubien was the 2007 Scholar Athlete of the Year. This her 3rd consecutive All-Academic Team honor. Read more.

SMU tennis player Darren WalshSophomore Kelly Kraft was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Week on April 15, 2009, based on his performance at the UMB Bank/Tiger Intercollegiate. Kraft shot an 8-under-par 208 (68-69-71) to medal at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri, on April 14. This is Kraft’s 5th career weekly honor and 3rd of the 2008-09 season. Read more.

Punter/kicker Mike Loftus and cornerback J.R. McConico, both incoming first-year football players, have been selected to play for USA Football’s 2009 Junior National Team, which will compete in the sport’s first junior world championship this summer. The 8-nation, 4-continent 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship will take place June 27-July 5 in Canton, Ohio. Read more.

April 16, 2009|Sports|

Hot Links: LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic set for April 23-25

Marta LesniakSMU alumni and community members are invited to join Head Football Coach June Jones, members of his staff and former Mustang football legends at the inaugural Jerry LeVias Lettermen’s Golf Classic April 23-25, 2009. Activities include a Pairings Party and auction in the Hall of Champions in Ford Stadium, tournament and awards party at the Golf Club of Dallas, and the annual Red and Blue Scrimmage in Ford Stadium. Thirteen foursome spots are still available, starting at $1,000 per team, and eight $250 spots remain open for individual golfers. All proceeds benefit SMU football. Read more.

The No. 69 women’s tennis team earned a 5-2 win over No. 17 Arkansas Feb. 25, 2009 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center in Fayetteville. First-year player Marta Lesniak (left) defeated No. 4 Aurelija Miseviciute, while senior Natalia Bubien and junior Pavi Francis notched their second win over a ranked pair this season, defeating No. 56 Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder. Read more.

February 26, 2009|Sports|

Hot Links: Mustang Club kicks off 2009 Morgan Campaign

SMU tennis player Natalia BubienThe SMU Mustang Club, the official fundraising organization of SMU Athletics, kicked off the 2009 Morgan Campaign Fund Drive with a reception at the DoubleTree Hotel Campbell Centre Feb. 17. More than 70 volunteers, led by Campaign Co-Chairs Jeri Jessee and George Shelburne, will work on this year’s drive, which will run from Feb. 17 to March 31. Donors who pay a pledge in full by May 1, 2009 will receive a chance to win a weekend travel package for two to the SMU-Washington State football game Sept. 19. Read more.

Senior punter/kicker Thomas Morstead is among the players invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine – the “job fair” for prospective new NFL players – this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. For 6 days at Lucas Oil Stadium, players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts. The 2009 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-26 in New York City. Read more.

Senior tennis player Natalia Bubien (right) was named Conference USA Player of the Week Feb. 16, 2009 after helping the No. 75 Mustangs (11-2) to a 3-1 record over the weekend, including a 7-0 win against Conference USA opponent Memphis. She also earned a singles victory over No. 122 Monika Hadvigerova of UT-Arlington. Read more.

February 19, 2009|Sports|
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