Sports: Basketball weekend, men’s golf to Mexico

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Sports: Basketball weekend, men’s golf to Mexico

AAC Indoors: SMU women’s track and field will compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014. The championship meet is in New York City at the New Balance Track and Field Center in Armory. SMU currently has two runners, two throwers and one multi-event athlete ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA across six events. Fans can follow along with the championship event here.

Moody Magic: SMU men’s basketball returns home to play UCF Saturday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win on the road against UConn, 64-55 and currently have more wins this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00 season. Saturday marks the first home game as a ranked team since Mar. 9, 1985; the men are back at 23 on the AP Rankings. The UCF game is sold out but will air on ESPNews.

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Season ending: Saturday, Mar. 1 marks the final regular-season game for SMU women’s basketball. The Mustangs will take on USF on the road at 6 p.m. The women played USF at home in January and were defeated 76-62. If SMU wins Saturday’s game, they will take the No. 5 seed for the AAC tournament.

Golf goes international: The SMU men’s golf team will travel to Los Cabos, Mexico Mar. 2-5, 2014 to hosting the three-day Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate tournament for 14 teams. It is the 4th annual tournament and the Mustangs’ second time attending. All seven Mustangs will be there, including sophomore Bryson Dechambeau, who was recently named to the 2014 watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in men’s college golf.

Additional Highlights: 

  • Men’s Basketball Head Coach Larry Brown has been named a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award.
  • The 2013 AAC All-Academic Team for football was just released. Out of the 246-member list, 20 of the players were Mustangs.
  • Nine women were placed on the 2014 Swimming and Diving All Conference Team.
February 28, 2014|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|

Sports: B-ball plays last games in Moody, men’s tennis weekend play

Basketball says goodbye to Moody:

  • Men: The men were victorious against Rice  67-55 on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in their final game before the Moody Coliseum renovation. The Mustangs celebrated Senior Night prior to the game, and SMU alumnus Bobby Mills took a final shot after the last buzzer, making him the owner of both the first and last basket in the historic coliseum. (Mills scored the first basket in Moody on Dec. 3, 1956.) The Mustangs travel to Alabama Saturday, Mar. 2 to take on UAB at 2 p.m.
  • Women: The women play their final home game, and their last before the renovation, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 3 against UTEP. Currently, the Mustangs (20-7 overall) lead Conference USA with a record of 11-3. Moody Coliseum will reopen in December 2013.

Tennis comes back strong: SMU Men’s Tennis travels to TCU Friday, March 1 for a 5:30 p.m. match and returns home to play Tulane at noon Sunday, March 3 at Dallas’ Samuell Grand Tennis Center. The men enter the weekend after defeating Arkansas-Fort Smith 7-0 last weekend. It was their first match in three weeks, giving them ample time to practice and improve their play. The Mustangs are at 2-4 for their spring season.

Mustang Highlights:

SMU Men’s Swimming took first place in the C-USA Championship Meet Feb. 20-23, 2013. The women finished in third:

  • Mindaugas Sadauskas: Men’s Swimmer of the Meet
  • Isabella Arcila: Women’s Swimmer of the Meet
  • Devin Burnett: Men’s Diver of the Meet
  • Eddie Sinnott: Co-Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year
  • Jim Stillson: Men’s Diving Coach of the Year

SMU Track and Field finished fifth at the C-USA Indoor Championship:

  • Mary Alenbratt: Broke the school record for the 3000 meter run
  • Craisha Washington, Rachel Scruggs, Isis Wilson and Stephanie Kalu: Broke the school record for the 4×400 meter relay

SMU Women’s Tennis extended their winning streak to four matches.

(Images c/o SMU Athletics) 

March 1, 2013|Sports|

Sports: SMU’s wild season ends with semifinal loss to Santa Clara

Simone Du ToitEnd of the road: The men’s basketball team ended their wild season with an unfortunate, injury-affected loss to Santa Clara at the semifinals of the CIT on Friday, March 25. The Mustangs (20-15), who found a second life after a first-round defeat in the Conference USA Tournament by participating in the relatively unknown CollegeInsider.com Tournament, enjoyed a string of wins against Oral Roberts, Jacksonville and Northern Iowa before losing to the Broncos (23-14) with a final score of 72-55. Senior star Papa Dia suffered an injury resulting from a foul on him with 8:18 left to go in the first half, and did not return for the rest of the game. Robert Nyakundi and Collin Mangrum scored 14 and 13 points respectively, with Nyakundi posting his 3rd double-double of the season. The Mustangs finished their unpredictable season with 20 wins- the first 20-win season since 1999-2000.

Du Toit nabs another award: Junior shot put/discus athlete Simone Du Toit (pictured) nabbed SMU’s second consecutive C-USA Female Track & Field Athlete Of The Week award on Tuesday, March 29. Du Toit, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, picked up a pair of North Texas Spring Classic titles last weekend (March 25-27), recording a discus throw of 55.12 meters and a shot put toss of 16.61 meters. This is Du Toit’s fourth weekly honor of her career, and the first this season. She follows last week’s winner, junior Ayla Gill of Auckland, New Zealand, who recorded a winning toss of 61.70 meters in the hammer throw at the TCU Invitational.

Marta LesniakWeekly Marta Lesniak Dominance Segment: As is becoming usual in the SMU Sports community, junior tennis player Marta Lesniak (pictured) received yet another award this week with a performance strong enough to earn her the C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week award. Lesniak (No.9 national rank) went 4-0 against nationally-ranked squads from No. 9 Baylor and No. 66 UC Santa Barbara, winning a pair in both singles and doubles competition. Her singles victories were against No.11 Sona Novakova of Baylor (6-4, 4-6, (14-12)) and Natalia Lozano of UCSB (6-2, 6-2). Lesniak also teamed up with junior Aleksandra Malyarchikova for the doubles victories, defeating Baylor with a 9-7 mark and posting an 8-3 mark against UCSB. This is Lesniak’s third award this season and the eighth of her career.

Football still lives: The Mustang football team will kick off a grueling spring training camp on Monday, April 4 to prepare for the upcoming Fall 2011 campaign. Head Coach June Jones is expected to hold 15 practice sessions over 27 days, nearly all of which will be at 7 a.m. Practices will generally be closed to the public, but the final practice of the season is open for anyone to attend and is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

March 31, 2011|Sports|

Sports: Premium seating sold out for 2010 football season

SMU tennis player Marta LesniakPremium seating is sold out for the 2010 Mustang football season, according to a statement from SMU Athletics. With about 4 months remaining before the home opener, SMU has sold all 29 suites and 731 club seats in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Overall sales are also significantly ahead of last season’s pace. Read more.

Sophomore tennis player Marta Lesniak (right), currently ranked No. 28, begins play in the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship against No. 15 Venise Chan of Washington at 4:30 p.m. CT May 26 in Athens, Georgia. She earned her automatic spot in the 64-person field as Conference USA’s highest-ranked player and is making her second consecutive appearance in the national championship.

Read more, and see a CW 33 News item on Lesniak, featuring Head Coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner, that aired May 24, 2010. video

SMU thrower Simone Du ToitThe track and field team finished 5th with a score of 76.33 points at the 2010 Conference USA Championships May 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. Sophomore thrower Simone Du Toit (left) – the co-Conference USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week of May 4, 2010 – scored victories in the shot put and discus with throws of 16.33m and 54.06m, respectively. Senior Lauren Kuhner placed third in the discus with a personal best of 47.64m.

The team dominated the women’s 3000m steeplechase as the Mustangs swept medalist honors. Junior Silje Fjortoft took gold with a time of 10:14.67, followed by junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset and freshman Klara Bodinson with times of 10:28.71 and 10:34.52. Fjortoft also had a 4th-place finish in the 5000m run with a time of 16:33.21. First-year runner Mary Alenbratt finished third in the 1500m with a personal-best time of 4:25.00, and sophomore Amber Evans earned 6th in the 200m dash, finishing in 24.34 seconds.

The 2010 NCAA Regionals take place May 28-29 in Austin, with the national championships scheduled for June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon. Read more.

May 25, 2010|Sports|
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