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Hot Links: Women’s tennis begins NCAA title drive May 9

SMU tennis player Marta LesniakForty-six SMU student-athletes have earned the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal during the 2008-09 academic year. They are among 394 medal winners leaguewide, each of whom has achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.75 or better. The 46 Academic Medal winners represent an increase of almost 25 percent for SMU, which had 37 medal-winners a year ago. See the complete list of winners here.

The No. 23 and Conference USA champion women’s tennis team will face No. 38 Texas A&M in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Championships at 11 a.m. May 9 at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco. First-year player Marta Lesniak (No. 59, right) will compete for the individual title as well as the doubles championship with partner Aleksandra Malyarchikova, also a first-year player. Currently C-USA’s top-ranked doubles team at No. 32, Lesniak and Malyarchikova went undefeated in 13 matches this spring. Read more.

SMU thrower Simone du ToitFirst-year thrower Simone du Toit (left) was named the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of May 4, 2009. She posted the second-longest throw in the nation this season with a winning discus toss of 57.35m (188-02.0) at the Mean Green Twilight April 30, setting a school and stadium record and surpassing the NCAA Regional standard. Read more.

Meanwhile, the entire track and field team jumped 10 spots to a No. 23 ranking in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) outdoor track and field poll. Three standouts combine to rank in the nation’s top 15 in five different events: Freshman Simone du Toit, ranked 2nd in the discus and 10th in the shot put; sophomore Silje Fjørtoft, ranked 3rd in the steeplechase and 12th in the 5,000m; and first-year competitor Viktoria Leks, ranked 15th in the high jump. Read more.

The men’s basketball team will be one of eight to play in the inaugural Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 22-25, 2009, as announced by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. The field includes Hawaii, College of Charleston, Saint Mary’s (California), UNLV, USC, Western Michigan and one team to be determined. The games will be played Dec. 22, 23 and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center. This will be the Mustangs’ fourth trip to Honolulu for a tournament, but the first since the 1987-88 season. Read more.

Hot Links: Spring 2009 football practice begins March 30

SMU basketball player Bamba FallThe football team will kick off spring practice March 30 as the Mustangs begin their preparations for the 2009 season. Head Coach June Jones and his staff will conduct 14 practice sessions prior to the annual Red-Blue Scrimmage, which is set for 1 p.m. April 25. Read more.

The men’s basketball banquet honoring the 2008-09 team will be held at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Doubletree Campbell Center on North Central Expressway. Head coach Matt Doherty, along with graduating senior Bamba Fall (right), will speak about the season and the future of SMU basketball. Read more.

The No. 24 women’s tennis team (20-2) completed a two-match sweep March 25 to collect their 8th and 9th consecutive wins against Arkansas-Little Rock (5-10) and No. 28 DePaul (15-3) at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Stadium. It was the first time in 21 years the Mustangs have achieved a 20-win season. The team returns to action March 27 in the 2009 Via Christi Collegiate Classic in Wichita, Kansas, with their first match set for 10 a.m. against Nevada. Read more.

SMU thrower Simone du ToitFirst-year thrower Simoné du Toit (left) won the shot put and finished 3rd in discus to lead the women’s track and field team in the 2009 Trojan Invitational at USC March 21. Senior Christina Mueller won the discus event with a throw of 50.28 meters. Read more.

The women’s swimming and diving team earned 19th place at the 2009 NCAA Championships March 21 at Texas A&M. The Mustangs collected points in the 200 medley relay, 400 and 800 free relays and the platform diving event. The men’s championship takes place March 26-28 at Texas A&M. Read more.

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Lettermen’s Association, announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame March 25. The 2009 inductees – running back Eric Dickerson (’83), basketball player Jim Krebs (’57), swimmer Steve Lundquist (’83) and golfer Kyle O’Brien Stevens (’80) – will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Read more.

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: Four Mustangs make NCAA Championships

Four members of the SMU track and field will compete at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships through June 14 at Drake University Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Silje Fjortoft (3,000m steeplechase), Andrea Kvetova (javelin), Christina Mueller (discus) and Ilyssa Pettigrew (800m) all qualified for the finals at NCAA Regionals earlier this month. Read more.

Hot Links: Seven make the cut for NCAA track and field regionals

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SMUSeven track and field athletes have qualified for the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships, hosted by Nebraska May 30-31. The following Mustangs met the qualifying standards for their events:

  • Gayla Cloud, first-year, 100m hurdles
  • Silje Fjortoft, first-year, 3,000m steeplechase
  • Lauren Kuhner, sophomore, hammer throw
  • Andrea Kvetova, senior, javelin
  • Christina Mueller, junior, discus
  • Ilyssa Pettigrew (left), senior, 800m run
  • Kylie Spurgeon, first-year, discus

Junior swimmer Jennifer Basel and junior golfer Kate Ackerson have been named to their 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-District teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Basel holds a 3.94 cumulative G.P.A. in mathematics and mechanical engineering. She helped the Mustangs to a 5-3 dual record and 12th consecutive conference championship this season with conference and pool records in the 400 IM and 200 breast.

Ackerson holds a 3.89 G.P.A. in business. She has won three career Conference USA Golfer of the Week awards and finished third at the 2007 C-USA Championships.

Hot Links: Fjortoft named C-USA Freshman of the Year

SMU track and field competitor Andrea KvetovaFirst-year runner Silje Fjortoft won the 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m titles at the 2008 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 15-17 in El Paso, where SMU finished in fifth overall.

With her conference championship wins, Fjortoft also earned C-USA Freshman of the Year and All-Conference honors. Read more.

Senior track and field competitor Andrea Kvetova (left) has been named to the Conference USA All-Academic team with a 3.94 G.P.A. and the longest javelin throw in the conference this season. Her 172’11” throw is seventh best in the nation for the season and qualifies her for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships May 30-31 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In addition, Kvetova took the Conference USA javelin title with a 50.28m throw at the 2008 C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Junior Christina Mueller won the discus title at the same event with a 54.26m throw, a mark nearly three meters better than her nearest opponent. Read more.

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Hot Links: Swimmers and divers dominate Houston at home

Schellas HyndmanSMU Men’s Soccer Coach Schellas Hyndman (left) was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award at the recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Baltimore. Read more.

The No. 13 women’s swimming and diving team won 11 of 13 events over conference rival Houston in SMU’s Perkins Natatorium Jan. 19. Read more.

First-year runner Samantha Means won the 3000m at the Texas Tech Invitational Jan. 19, the Mustangs’ first indoor meet of the year. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Doherty broadcasts live every Monday night at 7 p.m. from Ten Sports Grill. “Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty” airs on KAAM 770 AM. Listen online.

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