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Hot Links: Celebrate National Signing Day Feb. 4

SMU FootballSMU faculty, staff and fans can join the Mustang Club and Head Football Coach June Jones to celebrate National Signing Day in Dallas 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the DoubleTree Hotel at Campbell Center, 8250 North Central Expy. Coach Jones and the Mustang Club will head to Houston for a “Chalk Talk” Feb. 5. Read more.

First-year swimmer Therese Svendsen received Conference USA Swimmer of the Week honors for the period ending Jan. 19 for her career and season-best efforts in the 100 and 200 back events. She helped the Mustangs to wins over Rice and Houston and posted season-best times in both the 100-back (56.66) and 200-back (2:00.53), in which her time currently is the best in the conference. Read more.

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Hot Links: Eight soccer players earn All-Conference honors

SMU's Paulo da SilvaThe 3rd season of “Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty” debuts Nov. 24, 2008 on KAAM 770 AM, live from Ten Sports Grill, 1302 Main St. in downtown Dallas. Listen online and submit questions for Coach Doh or call in at 972-445-0770 or 877-272-5226. Read more.

The men’s soccer team fell to South Carolina 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Conference USA tournament Nov. 12. The NCAA announces the field for its postseason tournament Nov. 17. Read more.

Meanwhile, 8 Mustang soccer players have earned All-Conference honors. On the men’s team, sophomore defender/midfielder Leone Cruz, junior forward Paulo da Silva (right), senior midfielder Jeff Harwell and sophomore midfielder Kekoa Osorio were named 2nd-team All-Conference. Midfielder Diogo de Almeida and forward Arthur Ivo were named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team. Read more.

On the women’s team, junior defender Kim Peabody was named first-team All-Conference, and first-year forward Logan May was selected to the league’s All-Freshman team. Read more.

SMU's Silje Fjortoft and Rachael ForishFresh from winning its first Conference USA title, the cross country team heads to Waco Nov. 15 for the 2008 NCAA South Central Regionals. Running for the 19th-ranked Mustangs will be the 2006 and 2007 South Central Regional Female Athletes of the Year, senior Rachael Forish and sophomore Silje Fjortoft. Fjortoft also owns the 2008 C-USA individual title after clocking the fastest 5K time in conference history, 16:46. (Left, Fjortoft and Forish.) Read more.

Senior Petra Klosova received her 6th career Conference USA Swimmer of the Week honor Nov. 11. The SMU Olympian was recognized for her performance at the 2008 Mean Green Duals Nov. 8, in which the SMU women’s swimming and diving team beat Colorado State, New Mexico State and North Texas. Read more.

Hot Links: Cross country team takes C-USA title

SMU golfer James KwonThe cross country team won the 2008 Conference USA women’s championship Nov. 1 at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis. It is the first C-USA title for the Mustangs, who toppled the two-time reigning champion Rice Owls. In addition, SMU sophomore Silje Fjortoft won the individual title, defeating defending champion Alex Becker of Tulsa. Read more.

Senior punter Thomas Morstead and junior offensive lineman Mitch Enright have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Both were first-team selections on the 24-man squad. Read more.

First-year player James Kwon (left) was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week for the week of Oct. 29, 2008. Kwon won the individual title at the Baylor Intercollegiate after shooting a one-under-par 212 (74-69-69) in the two-day tournament. Read more.

Senior Candace Blackman was named Conference USA Swimmer of the Week Oct. 28, 2008. It is the second time Blackman has received the honor and her first of the 2008-09 season. Blackman took three first-place honors in a dual meet against Arizona State, helping the 400-free relay team win in 3:24.14 and capturing individual titles in the 100-free (50.65) and 200-free (1:48.78). Read more.

Hot Links: Don Meredith honored in halftime ceremony

Don Meredith in SMU's Heritage HallSMU honored Mustang football legend Don Meredith (right) during halftime of the SMU-Houston football game Oct. 18, 2008. Meredith, who rose to professional stardom during his 9 years with the Dallas Cowboys, was selected for the honor by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised primarily of Lettermen’s Club members. Read more from SMU News.

Meanwhile, the 2008 football team has quietly risen to No. 11 in the nation in passing offense with 293.1 yards per game. Read more.

The cross country team combined for 3rd place at the 6K Chile Pepper Festival Oct. 18 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft earned her second consecutive Conference USA Athlete of the Week award for her individual 4th-place finish. Read more.

The women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have been ranked among the Top 25 in the United States by CollegeSwimming.com, at No. 12 and No. 19 respectively. The women’s team hosts Arizona State Oct. 23 in Perkins Natatorium. Read more.

Hot Links: SMU to honor Don Meredith

The women’s swimming and diving team dominated the 2008 North Texas Mean Green Relays in Keller Oct. 3, taking first place in 8 of 10 events. Read more.

In other news, men’s swimming and diving team member Colton Ingraham won his second title in the 2008 Alcatraz Invitational Swim, an annual 1.5-mile race from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. Read more.

SMU cross country beat six Top 25 teams for 6th place in the 2008 Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 3. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft was the fastest finisher among all underclassmen in the race. The team’s performance has boosted it to a No. 21 ranking in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association women’s Division I poll. Read more.

Don Meredith at SMUThe men’s basketball team will have four games nationally televised by CBS College Sports Network in 2008-09, as announced by the network Oct. 9. The games will include both matchups with 2008 NCAA finalist Memphis, at Rice Jan. 14, and against East Carolina Jan. 24. Former basketball coach and analyst Fran Fraschilla will be the keynote speaker at the team’s 2008 Basketball Tip-Off Dinner Oct. 14. Read more.

SMU will honor legendary former quarterback Don Meredith during the SMU-Houston game Oct. 18. “Dandy Don,” who played for SMU during the 1957-59 seasons, is the 6th Mustang football great to be honored by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee. Meredith played for nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and was inducted into the Cowboys’ “Ring of Honor” in 1976. 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: 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: Women’s basketball takes on Notre Dame

Anja CarmanThe women’s basketball team won a spot in this year’s NCAA tournament with a victory over UTEP in the Conference USA tournament. Now they face Notre Dame, ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll, in the NCAA first round at 1:30 p.m. March 23 in Purdue University’s Mackey Arena. Keep up at SMU Athletics’ 2008 Tournament Central.

The No. 14 women’s swimming and diving team competes at the 2008 NCAA Championships March 20-22. Swimming for SMU will be Jennifer Basel, Candace Blackman, Jennifer Blackman, Devon Callaghan, Anja Carman (left), Petra Klosova, Sascha Van den Branden and Elzanne Werth. Audra Egenolf qualified for the platform diving event at the Zone D Diving Championships March 16 in Houston. Read more.

The men’s tennis team upset No. 36 California 4-2 to win the third annual Pebble Beach Collegiate Classic March 15. The team’s record improved to 12-6 with the victory. Read more.

Hot Links: Women’s swimming and diving wins 3rd straight C-USA title

Janielle DoddsThree members of the SMU women’s basketball team – senior post Janielle Dodds (left), sophomore forward Delisha Wills and senior forward Sharee Shepherd – have earned spots on the 2008 All-Conference USA teams. Dodds also broke SMU scoring and rebounding records previously held by Karlin Kennedy in the team’s Mar. 1 loss at Tulane. Read more.

The No. 14 SMU women’s swimming and diving team won its third straight Conference USA championship Mar. 2. – its 12th consecutive conference championship overall. The Mustangs also set four new conference records and a number of career-fastest times. Read more.

The football team announced its 2008 schedule Feb. 26. The season will begin with an ESPN-televised Conference USA showdown at Rice on Friday, Aug. 29. Read more.

Hot Links: SMU salutes Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Girls and Women in Sports DaySMU celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 23 prior to the women’s basketball game against Houston, with sports clinics and booths featuring the Mustang women’s varsity teams. Read more.

Two members of the women’s swimming team had top-10 finishes at the Missouri Grand Prix Feb. 18. First-year Elzanne Werth picked up 10th place overall in the 100 LC meter butterfly final, while junior Petra Klosova placed 9th in the 100 LC meter back final. Her performance qualifies her for the Olympics, representing her home country of the Czech Republic, according to Head Coach Steve Collins. Read more.

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