A&M Invitational: SMU men and women’s swimming will be in College Station Nov. 21-23 for the Texas A&M Invitational. Participating teams will include Stanford, LSU, TCU, Air Force and Texas A&M. Following the A&M meet, the men will compete at the Texas Invitational Dec. 5-7 as their final event of 2013; the Texas A&M Invitational will be the last event of the year for the women. Follow along with the Mustangs here.
Football to Florida: The Mustangs will travel to Tampa Saturday, Nov. 23 to take on the USF Bulls. SMU is coming off a home win against UConn, 38-21. They must win two of three final games to become bowl-eligible. It was announced this week that two SMU seniors, quarterback Garrett Gilbert and wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, have been named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalists. Finalists for the award will be announced on Monday, Dec. 9, and the winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. This is the first time SMU has played USF; kick-off is set for 6 p.m.
Championship Bound: For the first time since 2009, SMU women’s cross country will compete in the NCAA Championships. The Mustangs advanced to the championship after placing second (out of 20) at the South Central Regional Meet. Sophomore Tova Magnusson was the first to finish the 6k for the Mustangs with a time of 20:49.7, placing 12/140 overall. Magnusson was also named USTFCCCA All-Region selection along with Shanoah Souza and Agnes Sjöström. The NCAA Championship begins at noon Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Men: The men have two home games lined up before Thanksgiving break. The Mustangs play Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 and Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Sunday’s game marks the first of four games of the Corpus Christi Challenge. Freshman Ben Moore was named AAC Rookie of the Week, and sophomore Nic Moore is currently the highest scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 15 points per game. The men are currently 3-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
Women: The women will travel this weekend to play Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. They are coming off a home win against Mississippi Valley State, 91-52, putting them at 4-0 for the season. As a team, the Mustangs are averaging 81.2 points per game and defensively forcing 20 turnovers per game. The women return home for a game against Lamar at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.
USA Nationals:Men and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Austin for the 2012 USA Nationals, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Mustangs enter the weekend after placing third at the Phil Hansel Invitational Nov. 15-17. The women placed third out of fifteen schools and the men were third out of six schools. In addition, the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the NCAA Championship this spring with their time of 3:16.51 at the Phil Hansel Invitational. USA Nationals begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.
SMU women’s basketball will play at home, Saturday, Dec. 1. The Mustangs are up against Texas-Pan American, whom they have played just once before in 1987. The women were just barely defeated in their game Wednesday night versus TCU with a score of 76-70 putting them at 5-2 for the season. The game Saturday tips off at 2 p.m. inMoody Coliseum.
SMU men’s basketball will travel to New York to play Hofstra on Saturday, Dec. 1. This game marks the first of five away games for the men who won their home game against Utah on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Mustangs stand 7-1 for the season with junior Nick Russell receiving honors for the Hoops for Hope Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this month. The game Saturday starts at 3 p.m.
SMU Athletics games will resume on December 15, 2012
Premium seating is sold out for the 2010 Mustang football season, according to a statement from SMU Athletics. With about 4 months remaining before the home opener, SMU has sold all 29 suites and 731 club seats in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Overall sales are also significantly ahead of last season’s pace. Read more.
Sophomore tennis player Marta Lesniak (right), currently ranked No. 28, begins play in the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship against No. 15 Venise Chan of Washington at 4:30 p.m. CT May 26 in Athens, Georgia. She earned her automatic spot in the 64-person field as Conference USA’s highest-ranked player and is making her second consecutive appearance in the national championship.
The track and field team finished 5th with a score of 76.33 points at the 2010 Conference USA Championships May 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. Sophomore thrower Simone Du Toit (left) – the co-Conference USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week of May 4, 2010 – scored victories in the shot put and discus with throws of 16.33m and 54.06m, respectively. Senior Lauren Kuhner placed third in the discus with a personal best of 47.64m.
The team dominated the women’s 3000m steeplechase as the Mustangs swept medalist honors. Junior Silje Fjortoft took gold with a time of 10:14.67, followed by junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset and freshman Klara Bodinson with times of 10:28.71 and 10:34.52. Fjortoft also had a 4th-place finish in the 5000m run with a time of 16:33.21. First-year runner Mary Alenbratt finished third in the 1500m with a personal-best time of 4:25.00, and sophomore Amber Evans earned 6th in the 200m dash, finishing in 24.34 seconds.
Sophomore Marta Lesniak was named 2010 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, and Shahzoda Hatamova was selected C-USA Freshman of the Year, the league announced May 6. Lesniak (28-5) is the highest ITA-ranked singles player in Conference USA at No. 28. The four-time C-USA Player of the Week and October 2009 Player of the Month also received the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Singles Championship beginning May 26 in Athens, Georgia. Hatamova is 27-8 on the season with 19-4 dual match mark and went 7-1 against C-USA competition.
The No. 31 SMU women’s tennis team led C-USA with five All-Conference honorees. Lesniak and fellow sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova (left to right in photo right) each made the first team for the second straight season. First-year players Hatamova and Edyta Cieplucha each made the second team. Senior Pavi Francis was selected to the third team. The team (23-4) plays Pepperdine (12-1) in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship May 14 in Stanford, California, at 1 p.m. CT. Read more.
Junior Kelly Kraft has been named the 2010 C-USA Golfer of the Year, as chosen by the league’s 11 head coaches, as announced by the conference office May 4. Kraft was ranked as high as No. 41 in the nation this season by Golfweek magazine when he entered the 2010 C-USA Championship, where he finished 9th overall. He was also named a first-team All-C-USA performer. The men’s golf team awaits word on a 2010 NCAA Tournament berth, scheduled to be announced May 10. Read more.
Junior men’s tennis player Artem Baradach (left) received a selection to the 2010 NCAA Singles Championships, as announced by the NCAA May 5. Currently ranked No. 59 in the ITA, Baradach tallied a 16-7 record this season at the No. 1 slot and earned a 4-3 spot against nationally-ranked opponents. Of his 16 wins, 12 were won in straight sets. Read more.
The track and field team finished 3rd at the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium May 16. SMU finished the meet with 96 points, while Rice won with 131. Following the meet, first-year thrower Simone du Toit (right) was named Freshman of the Year. Read more.
First-year standout Marta Lesniak battled No. 4 seed and 2008 All-American Ani Mijacika of Clemson in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship, but fell in three sets (7-6, 4-6, 5-7) May 20 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. Lesniak and her doubles partner, freshman Aleksandra Malyarschikova, begin play for the doubles title May 21. Read more.
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.
First-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.
SMU Assistant Coach Frank Gansz passed away on April 27, 2009. He was 70. Considered perhaps the top special-teams coach in NFL history, he was starting his second season on the Hilltop.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my good friend,” said SMU Head Coach June Jones. “Frank has been a second father to me for the past 30 years and he has touched the lives of many, both at SMU and throughout the National Football League. I was lucky to have known Frank, and not only was he a wonderful person, but he was a father to everyone he has ever coached. He will live on with us.”
Gansz was a veteran of 38 seasons of coaching, 24 in the NFL and 14 in the collegiate ranks. “He was the guru of special teams,” former Kansas City Chiefs Vice President Lynn Stiles told the Kansas City Star. Gansz coached for the Chiefs throughout the 1980s and was special-teams coach for the St. Louis Rams during their Super Bowl-winning season in 1999. Read more.
The No. 23 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. The Mustangs received an automatic bid for winning the Conference USA title. Head Coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner (left) was named Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading SMU to its best season in program history First-year player Marta Lesniak was named Freshman of the Year and C-USA Singles Player of the Championship, as well as Outstanding Doubles Team of the Championship with freshman partner Aleksandra Malyarchikova. Read more.
Men’s golf team members Kelly Kraft and James Kwon have been selected as All-Conference USA performers for the 2008-09 season. Kraft was named to the first team for the second consecutive year, while Kwon was selected for the second team and the All-Freshman squad. The awards were voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches. Read more.
Senior punter Thomas Morstead (right) was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft April 26. Morstead becomes SMU’s first NFL draft pick since 2007, when Justin Rogers, now with the Dallas Cowboys, was chosen by the New England Patriots. As the 164th overall selection, Morstead is SMU’s highest draft pick since the Saints took SMU linebacker Chris Bordano 161st overall in 1998. Read more.
One hundred seventy-six SMU student athletes from 16 sports have been named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. To qualify, a student must carry a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.00 or higher. The honored students represent more than 41 percent of SMU’s total number of athletes. Read more.
The men’s golf team has been selected to compete in the 2008 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, the Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced May 5. The Mustangs were assigned to the East Regional, which will be held May 15-17 and played at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The team has been seeded No. 18. Read more.
Junior marketing major Andrew Galloway, football, and senior business management and sociology major Jon Killen, men’s basketball, have been honored with 2008 “M” Awards, SMU’s highest honor for service to the University. Read more, and find lists of other winners from the 2008 Awards Extravaganza and Honors Day Convocation.
For the second season in a row, the women’s golf team has been honored by the NCAA with a public recognition award for its latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate score. To be honored, a team must post a multi-year APR score in the top 10 percent of all squads in its sport. Read more.
The rowing team won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the Midwest Intercollegiate Rowing Championship April 26, 2008 in Omaha. The Mustangs placed second as a team after getting edged 94-93 by conference rival Tulsa. Read more.
The men’s tennis team received its highest national ranking of the season, No. 40, on April 28, 2008. The team will make its 11th trip of the past 12 seasons to the NCAA Tennis Championships May 10, facing regional rival Texas A&M (No. 25) at Baylor University in Waco.
Sophomore guard Jillian Samuels (left) sank 4 three-pointers to establish a new SMU record for shots from long range in an NCAA Tournament game during the Mustangs’ 75-62 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the 2008 tournament, March 23 at Purdue University’s Mackey Arena. Samuels also raised her single-season three-pointer total to 72, another SMU record. The women’s basketball team ends the 2007-08 season with a school-record 24 wins. Read more.
The football team‘s 2008 Red & Blue Game will take place at 1 p.m. April 5 in Ford Stadium. At 7 p.m., the men’s soccer team faces Tyler Junior College in a night-cap scrimmage at Westcott Field. Admission to both games is free. Read more.