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Sports: Rachel Nicol posts nation’s fastest breaststroke time, named AAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

nicolWomen’s Swimming and Diving: Senior Rachel Nicol and sophomore Tara-Lynn Nicholas swept the breaststroke heats to help lead the women’s swimming and diving team to a third-place finish at the 21st annual SMU Classic on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Lewisville, Texas. Nicol received the season’s first American Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week after posting the nation’s top time in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the event with a time of 1:00:18. She also won the 200-yard heat with a time of 2:10.11, which is good for second in the nation. . The Mustangs also closed the event with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay. SMU closes out the month against Rice on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. CT at the Mansfield Natatorium.

Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team dropped their first American Athletic Conference match of the season in a 1-0 loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Golden Hurricanes scored early, leaving SMU with plenty of time to equalize the game, but the  Mustangs could not capitalize. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson made a season-high eight saves. SMU continues their road trip in Storrs, Connecticut against UConn on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. CT.

bryceclarkFreshman Bryce Clark (pictured right) and junior Idrissa Camara (pictured below) earned league honors for their efforts in an exciting, 2-2 draw between No. 21 SMU and No. 24 South Florida at Westcott Field on Saturday, Oct. 18. Clark was named Rookie of the Week, and Camara landed a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll. soccerThe Mustangs had to come from behind on two occasions after sophomore USF midfielder Marcus Epps netted two goals in the 21st and 63rd minutes. SMU was silenced until the 61st minute, when Clark scored the equalizer on a 30-yard free kick. The Mustangs, who outshot the Bulls 11-2 in the second half, scored on another free kick off the head of Camara. He leads the team with six goals this season. Neither squad was able to find the golden goal in overtime, and both left the field with a point in the standings.

dishkova,vernerWomen’s Tennis: Junior Hristina Dishkova and senior Holly Verner (both pictured left) had their run at the ITA Texas Regional end in the semifinals of the doubles draw on Sunday, Oct. 19, as they fell to TCU’s Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan; 6-4, 6-2. Dishkova, junior Vaszilisza Bulgakova and sophomore Dasha Sharapova all had their singles runs end in the round of 32. The Mustangs will return to action on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Houston Invitational.

kasjievsMen’s Tennis: Senior Arturs Kazijevs (pictured right) and junior Nate Lammons each won two matches at the USTA-ITA Texas Regional Championships on Sunday, Oct. 19 in College Station, Texas. Kazijevs began the tournament as the No. 9 seed, and reached the round of 16 before his tournament run ended in a three-set loss to Texas Tech’s Felipe Soares. The Mustangs compete again in the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in Las Vegas that begins on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Volleyball: Senior Caroline Young (pictured left) showed that she has returned to form with her second double-double in as many games in a 3-0 win over East Carolina at Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Oct. 19. Young recorded 11 kills and 10 digs just two weeks after an ankle injury removed her from a match against Memphis. youngJunior Abbey Bybel finished the match with 10 kills and 12 digs, posting her ninth double-double of the season, and junior Avery Acker tallied 38 assists and a team-high 13 digs for her team-best 15th double-double of the year. SMU is now 16-4 on the year, with an impressive 10-1 record at home. The Mustangs begin a four-match road trip against Temple on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. CT in Philadelphia.

souzaCross Country: The cross country team finished 23rd in a highly competitive 38-school field at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 17. The race featured 22 teams ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (20:29) and junior Shanoah Souza (20:46; pictured left) both recorded personal best times and finished in the top 60 of the 265-runner field. The Mustangs finished ahead of four ranked teams including No. 23 Providence, the defending national champions. SMU takes a week off before the American Athletic Conference Championships on Friday, Oct. 31 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Mustangs seek their fourth consecutive conference title and their sixth of the past seven years.

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at Southern MethodistFootball: SMU dropped its sixth straight game in a 41-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18. The 0-6 start is the program’s worst since they went 1-11 in 2008. Cody Rademacher’s 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter cut the Cincinnati lead to 6-3, but SMU surrendered 22 points in the second quarter. The Mustangs host the Memphis Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. CT as part of SMU Family Weekend. The game will air on ESPNews.

JACOBSWomen’s Soccer: Missed opportunities plagued the women’s soccer team in a 2-0 loss to East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Greenville, North Carolina. Sophomore Kelsey Gorney’s shot in the 20th minute missed wide, followed by a shot ripped by midfielder Paige Jacobs (pictured left) from 25 yards out in the 28th minute that deflected off the crossbar. In the 42nd minute, freshman Diana Kay Manley, who made her first appearance of the year, fired a shot towards the upper right corner, but Pirates goalkeeper Erika Lenns made a diving, one-handed save.

The problems continued in a 2-1 loss to Tulsa at Westcott Field on Thursday, Oct. 23. Senior Olivia Elliott, playing forward for the first time this season, sent in a threatening cross in the fifth minute that barely missed the outstretched foot of Gorney. Elliot also missed wide right on two shots in the 11th and 12th minutes. Down 2-0 in the 84th minute, Elliot finally found the back of the net on a header. SMU pressured in the final minutes, but could not level the score. The Mustangs host Memphis in their season finale on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. CT.

Sports: Men’s Soccer makes return to NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Coaches Poll

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 10.19.02 AMMen’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team continued their last-minute heroics when first-year defender Bryce Clark scored his first career goal with 19 seconds left in overtime to lift his team over Temple 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Philadelphia. The win completed a 2-0 week for the Mustangs that landed SMU in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Coaches Poll for the first time since 2012, checking in at No. 21.

Clark and fellow freshman defender Jared Rice were honored by the conference as Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. The two were pivotal on both sides of the field, helping the Mustangs to a shutout and a 0.47 goals-against-average last week. clarkandriceRice tallied two saves in the Memphis game, and Clark scored the winner against Temple.

Playing in their first game as a ranked team in two years, the No. 21 Mustangs blanked Central Arkansas 7-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Westcott Field. Six different Mustangs scored as they tallied the most goals in a game since a 8-0 win over Centenary in 2006. SMU will try to hold on to its top spot in the American Athletic Conference when they face No. 24 USF on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Westcott Field.

Screen shot 2014-10-17 at 9.49.33 AMMen’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team came in at No. 22 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced on Thursday, Oct. 16. The Mustangs will face three preseason top-25 teams in the 2014-2015 campaign: No. 13 Gonzaga (Nov. 17), No. 15 Connecticut (Feb. 14 & March 1) and No. 23 Michigan (Dec. 20). The season begins at Moody Coliseum on Nov. 14 when SMU hosts Lamar.

Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team went undefeated and claimed seven championships at the Collin College Fall Open in Plano, Texas on Oct. 10 and 11. Sophomore Mary Wright tallied three singles wins over the weekend and leads the Mustangs with eight wins this season.

Juniors Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Hristina Dishkova and sophomore Dasha Sharapova all advanced to the round of 32 in singles at the USTA-ITA Regional Championships on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Waco, Texas. The round of 32 begins Friday, Oct. 17.

Football: SMU looks to pick up its first victory of the 2014 season against Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT at Ford Stadium. The Mustangs are coming off a 45-24 loss to East Carolina, in which they set offensive season-highs in total offense (390), passing yards (339), touchdowns (3) and first downs (20). When the two teams met last November, SMU’s comeback fell short in a 28-25 loss in Cincinnati.

SMU Athletics is launching an “Oktoberfest” ticket package for the next two home games that includes a ticket to either the Cincinnati game or the Memphis game on Saturday, Oct. 25, a sausage on a stick and a t-shirt for just $20. Fans can purchase the package here. All ticket packages for the final four home games are available at SMUTickets.com.

Ray SchoenkeFormer SMU offensive lineman Ray Schoenke was chosen for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the selection committee announced Wednesday, Oct. 8. The 2015 Enshrinement Weekend will take place Jan. 23-24, 2015 in Oahu, Hawaii. A Wahiawa, Hawaii native, Schoenke was a football letter winner from 1960-62 and earned First-Team All-Southwest Conference and Academic All-American honors in 1962. He participated in the 1961 East-West Shrine Game and the 1962 Hula Bowl before being drafted in the 11th round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1963 NFL Draft. Schoenke bounced around a couple of teams before a 10-year stint with the Washington Redskins. In 2002, he was named one of the top 100 players in Redskins history.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The Mustangs return to the pool to host the 21st annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium in Lewisville, Texas on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. SMU’s competition includes four top-25 finishers from the 2014 NCAA Championship: USC (5th), Louisville (15th), NC State (16th) and Miami (21st). The Mustangs finished 20th at the NCAA Championship and second in the American Athletic Conference behind Louisville.

Volleyball: The bright side of SMU’s 3-1 road loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 17 was senior Caroline Young’s return to the front row. Young posted her fourth double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. With the loss, the Mustangs’ record falls to 15-4 and 4-3 in the American Athletic Conference. SMU hosts East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT in Moody Coliseum.

hegartyFreshman Katie Hegarty started for Young in the front row in a 3-1 win over Houston on Friday, Oct. 10 and recorded 11 kills and hit .300 in her first start. Young played only the back row after an ankle injury took her out of a match against Memphis and recorded nine digs and three aces. Abbey Bybel led the Mustangs with 13 kills.

seifertThe Mustangs capped off the weekend with a 3-2 win over Tulane on Sunday, Oct. 12 in Moody Coliseum. The win was the 300th victory for coach Lisa Seifert. Bybel and Hegarty led the team in kills with 14 and 11, respectively.

Women’s Golf: Junior Jenny Haglund’s 3rd top-10 finish of the year helped the Mustangs to a 4th-place finish at the Betsy Rawls Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. She finished 5-over for the tournament and tied with four others for 6th place. UNLV and Tulane shared the tournament title at 31-over. Baylor trailed by three strokes at +34, and SMU followed in 4th at +36. The Mustangs begin their final fall tournament on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club for the UTSA-hosted Alamo Invitational.

Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team was defeated 3-1 by UConn on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs sported pink jerseys for their annual “Kick For A Cure” game in support of breast cancer awareness. SMU got out to an early lead when sophomore Kelsey Gorney netted her first goal of the season in the 11th minute. The Huskies scored the equalizer in the 24th minute, and found the back of the net twice more before halftime.

SMU’s slump continued, dropping their fifth decision in six matches in a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 16. An early second-half goal in the 47th minute was all the Bearcats needed. The Mustangs attack picked up in the second half, but they could not find the back of the net. SMU continues their road trip to Greenville, North Carolina to take on East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT.