June 28, 2013

Men’s Swim Wins C-USA Title; Arcila Captures Honor For Women

BurnetArcilaThe SMU men’s swimming team rewrote school and conference records, sweeping the highest individual honors and taking the team title in the Conference USA Championships Feb. 20-23 in Houston. Senior Mindaugas Sadauskas finished the 100-yard freestyle in a meet-record 42.77 seconds, earning the men’s swimmer of the meet honor. He also swam on the 400-yard freestyle relay team that set school and meet records. Sophomore Devin Burnett (left) was diver of the meet after finishing first in the platform diving competition. The SMU women finished third in the same competition; Isabella Arcila (right) earned swimmer of the meet honors after winning the 200-yard backstroke and competing on the 400-yard freestyle relay team that won first.

Ford Stadium Adds Luxury Seating For 2013 Season

SMU is adding luxury seating to Gerald J. Ford Stadium to be ready for the 2013 season. Seven new suites and a 233-seat Hall of Champions Club will be added on the west sideline, featuring indoor-outdoor seating. The team’s locker room and meeting rooms as well as the playing surface were upgraded in 2011. Mustang football opens play at home against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. August 30.

Equestrians Hurdle The Competition As First-Years Excel On National Stage

AbbruzzeseThe SMU equestrian team was defeated 6-2 by No. 3 Georgia in April in the second round of the National Collegiate Equestrian Championship at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. The No. 6-seeded Mustangs had defeated No. 11 New Mexico State in the opening round of competition. In only their first year of collegiate equestrian competition, Schaefer Raposa and Mary Abbruzzese (left) have excelled on the national stage. Raposa won the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. She knocked off four nationally ranked opponents in equitation over fences to take home the title. Fellow first-year Abbruzzese was named athlete of the month in February by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association after finishing the month 4-0 in equitation on the flat. Raposa and Abbruzzese were named to the NCEA’s All-American team in April, earning second-team honors with sophomores Courtney Line and Greer Hindle and first-year Alex Butterworth.