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First up are the women who play on Saturday, Nov. 10. The women will take on Alcorn State at noon in Moody Coliseum. This is the first of seven games in 19 days, six of which are at home, for the women. The Mustangs are lead by head coach Rhonda Rompola who has been the women’s basketball coach since 1991 and earned her 300th career victory on Jan. 13, 2008. Rompola is also an SMU grad herself.
The men start their season on Sunday, Nov. 11. The men will play LMU at 6 p.m. in Moody Coliseum and this is the first of 9 games in 21 days for them. The men are led by new head coach Larry Brown; he is the only coach to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship. This season marks the 38th for Coach Brown and the 97th for Mustang basketball.
Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the how the new census will affect Texas politically – and the risks it may pose for Republicans – with The Los Angeles Times Dec. 22, 2010, and with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 20, 2010. He talked about the year ahead in politics with The Canadian Press Dec. 16, 2010. In addition, he discussed the likelihood of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2012 with The Christian Science Monitor Dec. 13, 2010.
Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Interfaith Peace Chapel of Dallas – the last building architect Philip Johnson designed before his death – in a piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Dec. 22, 2010.
Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about how creative gift-giving increases when the economy is bad with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 20, 2010.
Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed the rise in Texas’ unemployment rate – despite a gain in jobs – with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 17, 2010.
Sharon Lyle, project director, TEDxSMU, was profiled as “the top conversation starter in Dallas” in D Magazine‘s “The 20 Things You Need to Know For 2011.” The article appeared Dec. 15, 2010.
Dalia AbdelHady, Sociology, Dedman College, talked about crafting holiday traditions when members of a family are of different faiths with KERA Public Radio Dec. 16, 2010.
Rhonda Rompola, head coach, Women’s Basketball, was the subject of a “Profile in Fitness” Q&A with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.
Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, and William Lawrence, dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, talked about Americans’ depth of religious knowledge and how religion shapes our political views in the “Texas Faith” column of The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2010.
Lawrence also talked about the Nativity story and who was present for the birth of Jesus with National Public Radio News Dec. 23, 2010.
Raúl Magdaleno, director of diversity and community engagement, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of a profile in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 13, 2010.
The women’s basketball team defeated UTEP 78-65 to win its first Conference USA championship Feb 28, 2009. Four players scored in the double digits: junior guards Brittany Gilliam and Jillian Samuels (with a game-high 24 points and 19 points, respectively); sophomore guard LaShandra Hill with 11 points; and first-year center Christine Elliott, who posted her 2nd consecutive double-double with 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Gilliam, with 71 steals for the season, was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, as well as to the All-Conference Second Team and All-Defensive Team. Junior forward Delisha Wills joined Gilliam on the All-Conference Second Team, and Elliott was named to the All-Freshman Team, as well as Rookie of the Week for the week of March 2. Elliott had 21 rebounds against Tulane on Feb. 26, setting a new SMU record for a freshman and tying the school record for rebounds by any player set by Felicia Bluitt in 1986 against TCU. Elliott also tied for the second-highest total in any Conference USA game.
The team begins play in the 2009 C-USA tournament at noon March 6 in New Orleans. The Mustangs enter as the No. 1 seed. (Above, Head Coach Rhonda Rompola cuts the last string of the net after the UTEP game.) Read more.
Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have each won their 13th consecutive conference championships. In the men’s competition, the Mustangs won 15 events and set 9 meet records on their way to the overall victory in the CRWC Natatorium at the University of Houston Feb. 25-28, 2009. Individual titleists included junior Thomas Fadnes (50 free, 100 free); junior Pontus Renholm (100 back, 200 back); junior Edward Downes (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 fly); and sophomore Matthew Culbertson (top left), who swept the one-meter springboard, three-meter springboard and platform diving events.
In addition, 5 relay teams finished first. Renholm, Fadnes and seniors Grega Plevelj and Luka Vrtovec won the 200 medley relay. Downes, first-year swimmers Robin Andreasson and Walter Rumans and junior Maverick Smalley won the 800 free relay. Renholm, Plevelj, Downes and Fadnes titled in the 400 medley relay. Fadnes, Vrtovec, Andreasson and Renholm swam to a new C-USA meet record, season-best, and NCAA “B” provisional-qualifying time of 1:18.35 in the 200 free relay. Finally, Andreasson, Vrtovec, Rumans and Fadnes won the 400 free relay. Read more.
In the women’s meet – also in Houston’s CRWC Natatorium Feb. 25-28, 2009 – the Mustangs swept the medal stand in two events. Seniors Petra Klosova (right) and Candace Blackman, with sophomore Sascha Van den Branden, finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 100 free. Senior Jennifer Basel and juniors Devon Callaghan and Justine Clark took gold, silver and bronze in the 200 IM. Klosova also finished first in the 100 back with a season-best time of 53.82. Other individual titleists included Callaghan (100 breast), Van den Branden (50 free), first-year swimmer Raminta Dvariskyte (200 breast), first-year swimmer Therese Svendsen (200 back), and sophomore Elzanne Werth (100 fly).
The women’s team also titled in 5 relays. Svendsen, Klosova, Werth and Callaghan won the 200 medley relay. Blackman, Van den Branden, Klosova and freshman Christy-Leigh Lategan won the 800 free relay in 7:07 – 11 seconds ahead of second-place Rice. Svendsen, Callaghan, Werth and Klosova touched in at 3:34.62 in the 400 medley relay, a full 4 seconds faster than the record they set last season. Blackman, Van den Branden, Werth and Klosova titled in the 200 free relay. Finally, Blackman, Van den Branden, Werth and Klosova set another meet record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:17.00 in the 400 free relay. Read more.
The men’s golf team won the 2009 Northwood Spring Invite March 3 at Thorntree Country Club, carding a team total of 603 to defeat host Northwood by 13 strokes. Leading the Mustangs was first-year player Marc Sambol (bottom left) with a two-stroke victory over Benjamin Belfield of Northwood. All five SMU golfers finished in the top 8 of the 2-day event, with freshman Aaron Stewart and senior Frank Wrenn tying for 3rd, first-year Matt Schovee tying for 6th and sophomore Nicholas Soglanich taking 8th. Read more.
Women’s Basketball Coach Rhonda Rompola (left) scored her 300th win as a coach Jan. 13, 2008, with the Mustangs’ defeat of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in Moody Coliseum. The victory makes Rompola the winningest SMU basketball coach in University history. Read more.
The women’s swimming and diving team swept Conference USA’s weekly awards for the second time this season Jan. 9, 2008. Junior swimmer Petra Klosova received her first Swimmer of the Week honor of the season, while first-year diver Audra Egenolf earned her second Diver of the Week recognition. Sophomore diver Britney Yancey was named C-USA Diver of the Week Jan. 15 after winning the 3-meter board against No. 1 Auburn and No. 6 Texas A&M in College Station. Read more.