Sports: Teams Pink Out, SMU Swim Classic

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Sports: Teams Pink Out, SMU Swim Classic

Think Pink: For the fourth year in a row, SMU Volleyball is partnered with the Side-Out Foundation and Dig Pink campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. They are dedicating their home match Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 against Tulsa to this cause. If you are attending the 7 p.m. match please wear pink. You can also donate online to support our Mustangs and breast cancer awareness. SMU women’s soccer is also raising breast cancer awareness with a pink out for their Sunday game against Memphis. The game is on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.

SMU Classic: SMU women’s swimming and diving will host the 2012 SMU Swim Classic Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20.  This meet will feature six nationally-ranked swim teams from six different conferences: USC, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Louisville and SMU. The SMU classic requires every team to have a representative in each race ensuring a versatile and exciting competition. The weekend begins Friday with an opening ceremony in Perkins Natatorium at 6:15 and meet start time of 6:30 p.m.

Tennis Tournaments: SMU women’s tennis will be in Waco Oct. 19-23 for the 2012 ITA Regional. Senior Edtya Cieplucha enters the weekend after winning the singles title and finishing runner-up in doubles with Heidi Stewart at the Rice Invitational. SMU men’s tennis will be in Forth Worth for the Texas Regional hosted by TCU Oct. 20-23.

Youth Night: SMU men’s soccer will face Missouri State on Sunday, Oct. 21. The Mustangs will play at home after winning on the road Wednesday against FIU. The men are now at a 9-3-2 record for the season. The game Sunday is youth sport night and any child 12 and under wearing a youth sports jersey will receive free admission; the game starts at 7 p.m. at Westcott Field.

(swimming photo courtesy of SMU Athletics)

October 19, 2012|Sports|

Sports: Awards, scholarships close out busy year

Kelly KraftHow To Draft Well, A Primer: It was announced on May 10, 2011 that two signees for the 2011 men’s soccer squad have both been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states. Representing Texas is Aaron Simmons, a 6′ 1″ senior midfield and defender from Mansfield High School, who recorded 16 goals and 10 assists this season. He has served as team captain for two seasons. Simmons comes in as the No. 38 recruit in the nation, and follows current SMU midfielder Zach Barnes as the Texas winner. Six-foot forward Will Smith won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for the state of Oklahoma, where he is leading the Timberwolves of Norman North High School to the Class 6A semifinals with a shocking 27 goals and 7 assists. Smith has also maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. in the classroom and was named the Oklahoma Offensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Traveling after college, indeed: The SMU men’s golf team has been selected for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf San Diego Regional, which will take place May 19-21 at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. First-Team All C-USA senior Kelly Kraft (pictured) will return to California with the team, where they won the San Diego Intercollegiate tournament in March, besting 12 other teams. SMU is the tenth seed out of 13 teams for this tournament; other notable competitors include No. 2 Texas and No. 7 UNT.

Egenolf'SMU awards, postgrad edition: Last week, two SMU swimmers received a few more NCAA honors for both their academic and athletic victories. Diver Audra Egenolf and swimmer Sascha Van den Branden, both seniors, were awarded postgraduate scholarships for their future academic careers on May 4, 2011. Egenolf, a four-time All-American with honors in both three-meter and platform diving, will be pursuing a Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Indiana. In April 2011, Egenolf (pictured) was one of three students to receive the Presidential Award of Excellence, and she was also selected as the Cox School of Business’s Outstanding Accounting Major for 2011. Van den Branden, a six-time All-American with distinction in the 200-, 400-, and 800-yard freestyle relays, will be returning to her home country of Belgium to study international business management. Van den Branden is also a four-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and a four-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member.

May 12, 2011|Sports|

Sports: Svendsen named C-USA Swimmer of the Year

SMU swimmer Therese Svendsen Sophomore Therese Svendsen (right) was named the 2010 Conference USA Swimmer of the Year on April 16 following her 13th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships held last month in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the C-USA Championships in Houston in February, Svendsen posted an NCAA “A” qualifying time of 52.65 seconds with her 1st-place finish in the 100 back. She also won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.98, helping the Mustangs to their 5th consecutive conference title. Svendsen was named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 2009. Read more.

The No. 27 women’s tennis team is the top seed in the 2010 Conference USA Championship running April 22-25 in Tulsa. The defending champion Mustangs (22-3) received a bye for the 1st round and will face the winner of the April 22 match between No. 8 seed Southern Miss and No. 9 seed Memphis on April 23. The team enters the championship with three ITA-ranked singles players. Sophomore Marta Lesniak is 28-5 and ranked No. 29, sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova is ranked No. 114 with 24-5, and first-year player Edyta Cieplucha ranks No. 116 with a 16-1 record. Read more.

SMU golfer Matt Schovee Sophomore Matt Schovee (left) has been named to the 2010 Conference USA Men’s Golf All-Academic Team, announced April 22. The team is chosen by C-USA men’s golf media relations directors and consists of students who have earned a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better and are a regular participant on their team. Schovee, who plans to major in business, ranks 2nd on the squad with a 73.53 stroke average and carries a 3.67 G.P.A. He placed 5th at the National Invitational Tournament with a 215 and helped SMU to the team title at the Adams Cup with a 4th-place finish. The Mustangs will return to the links at the C-USA Men’s Golf Championship April 25-27 in Sorrento, Florida. Read more.

April 23, 2010|Sports|

Sports: No. 29 women’s tennis celebrates Senior Day April 10

SMU tennis player Pavi FrancisThe No. 29 SMU women’s tennis team hosts Conference USA rival Rice in the 2010 regular-season finale at noon April 10 in SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center. It is also Senior Day – the final home match for seniors Nicole Briceno, Pavi Francis (right), Casey Kennedy and Sophie Quist. All 4 were members of the 2009 Conference USA championship team, and each will be honored before the event. The Mustangs have a record of 79-21 in dual matches over the past 4 seasons. Read more.

Sophomore Simone Du Toit won the discus event with a throw of 53.61m at the 2010 Texas Relays at the University of Texas April 2. The mark moved her into third in the NCAA season standings and surpassed her previous season-best of 51.13m, accomplished in March at the 2010 Bobby Lane Invitational. In addition, she finished 5th in the shot put with a throw of 16.00m on April 3. Fellow sophomore Victoria Leks finished 5th in the high jump with a mark of 1.71m, an outdoor season-best that also topped her winning performance at the 2010 Bobby Lane Invitational. Read more.

Additionally, the SMU distance medley relay team came in 5th with a time of 11:33.57. The squad included first-year runners Sara Sjokvist and Mary Alenbratt, sophomore Amber Evans and junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset. Read more.

SMU golfer Brian FragakisFirst-year golfer Brian Fragakis (left) shot a 1-under par 215 to take medalist honors at the UTD Spring Classic at Sherrill Park Golf Club on March 30, carding rounds of 72, 68 and 75. Playing as an individual, Fragakis topped 75 other golfers from over a dozen different men’s golf teams from throughout the state. Read more.

Junior diver Audra Egenolf is among 12 recipients of the 2010 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award, announced by Commissioner Britton Banowsky March 31. Presented three times throughout the season, the award recognizes the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their sport. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Lambda Delta Honor Society, Egenolf’s academic achievements helped her team win the CSCAA Scholar-Athlete Award for its Fall 2009 performance in the classroom. She also posted a national 7th-place finish in the 3-meter board event. Read more.

CBS College Sports has selected 4 more 2010 SMU football games for national broadcast. Home games against Washington State (Sept. 18) and Houston (Oct. 23, Homecoming) will air on the network, as will road games at Navy (Oct. 16) and East Carolina (moved up to Nov. 26 from its original date of Nov. 27). To accommodate the national television broadcasts, the games against Washington State, Navy and Houston will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT. The regular season finale at East Carolina will begin at 1 p.m. CT.

SMU linebackers coach Joe HaeringThe new broadcasts give SMU 6 nationally televised games in 2010. ESPN previously selected the Mustangs’ Sept. 5 season opener at Texas Tech and the Sept. 24 Battle For The Iron Skillet against rival TCU. Read more.

Meanwhile, linebackers coach Joe Haering (right) will be one of ten 2010 inductees into the Western Chapter Of The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the organization has announced. The former NFL assistant coach is in his second season as SMU’s linebackers coach, having joined the staff in the summer of 2009. Haering arrived on the Hilltop after serving 12 seasons as a college scout with the Buffalo Bills. Read more.

April 9, 2010|Sports|

Sports: Swimming and diving teams win C-USA championships

SMU swimming poolThe men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each won their 5th consecutive Conference USA title at the University of Houston Feb. 27, 2010. For both teams it marked a 14th straight conference title, includling 9 Western Athletic Conference titles before joining C-USA in 2005.

The men totaled 871 points to beat second-place Hawaii by 38 points (833). The women scored 707 points to dominate second-place East Carolina by 96 (611). The Mustangs also made a clean sweep of the relays, winning all six on both the men’s and women’s sides. The teams compete next at the 2010 USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix March 4-6. Read more.

SMU basketball player Alice SeverinSenior post Alice Severin (right) has been named to the 2010 Conference USA All-Academic Team in women’s basketball, announced by the conference March 4. She holds a 3.71 G.P.A. in psychology and biology, the third-highest average of all players nominated. Severin is third in the conference, shooting 52.5-percent from the field, and ranks 4th in the league with 35 blocks. She is averaging 6.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per contest this season. The team plays in the second round of the 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Championship March 9 in Tulsa. Read more.

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, has announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees are:

  • Kajsa Bergqvist (’99), world champion, indoor world record holder, and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump.
  • Raymond Berry (’55), Pro Football Hall of Fame player who coached the New England Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl XX.
  • Michael Carter (’84), national high-school record holder in the 12-pound shot put and the only athlete in history to win an Olympic podium and a Super Bowl ring in the same year (1984), as silver medalist in the shot put and nose tackle for the NFL champion San Francisco 49ers.
  • Jerry Heidenreich (’72) a 23-time All-America swimmer and winner of two gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the 1972 Olympics.
  • Jon Koncak (’85), a 12-year NBA veteran who led the Mustang basketball team to two NCAA Tournaments and was a member of the gold medal-winning 1984 U.S. Olympic team.

The five will be honored at a dinner ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Buy tickets online or call 214-768-4575. Read more.

March 4, 2010|Sports|
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