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.
Read more, and see a CW 33 News item on Lesniak, featuring Head Coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner, that aired May 24, 2010.
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.
The 2010 NCAA Regionals take place May 28-29 in Austin, with the national championships scheduled for June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon. Read more.
Senior offensive lineman Tommy Poynter (left) is a candidate for the 2008 College Football Rudy Award, as announced Dec. 10 by The Rudy Foundation charitable organization. The award honors student-athletes who “demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment” as members of their collegiate football teams. Read more.
Sophomore Silje Fjortoft and senior Jessa Simmons were named to Conference USA’s Cross Country All-Academic Team Dec. 10. Nominees for the All-Academic team must earn a 3.2 cumulative G.P.A. or better. Fjortoft and Simmons, both students in Dedman College, earned second-team honors. Read more.
Senior midfielder Jeff Harwell has been named third-team All-Midwest Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Harwell had 8 points in his senior season on a goal and 6 assists. His 6 assists tied him with teammate Gabe Arredondo for the second-highest total among all players in Conference USA. Read more.
SMU, CBS College Sports Network and Metro Sports Texas have reached an agreement to televise a total of 16 SMU men’s basketball games for the 2008-09 season on Time-Warner Cable in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Waco, Austin and San Antonio markets. In addition, 4 games will be televised on CBS College Sports Network. Read more.
Junior offensive lineman Mitch Enright and sophomore linebacker Pete Fleps have been named to the Conference USA All-Academic football team. Enright earned a 3.99 G.P.A. as a management major in SMU’s Cox School of Business and is pursuing his M.B.A. after graduating with an undergraduate degree in three years. He is a two-time member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Team and was a two-year starter and member of the Rimington Trophy Watch List.
Fleps is a marketing major in the Cox School with a 3.54 G.P.A. He made 23 tackles in one game at Navy, which ranks as the fourth-most ever in a game by a C-USA player, and led SMU with 106 tackles in 2008. Read more.
Junior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (left) has been named a second-team All-Conference USA performer. He picked up 958 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008 and ranks as SMU’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 27. He also holds University records for career 100-yard-receiving games with 10 and for season 100-yard games with six (2008). He is the first player in SMU history to record three 600-yard receiving seasons.
Also recognized were senior punter Thomas Morstead and sophomore wideout Aldrick Robinson, who were each named honorable mention All-C-USA. Read more.
Sophomore Silje Fjortoft has been named the Conference USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. She became the C-USA women’s individual medalist after running a 5K course-record time of 16:46 and beating her closest contender by 57 seconds. She also was named to both the All-C-USA First Team and All-South Central Region Team. Her 40th-place performance at the NCAA Championships led SMU to a conference team-best finish of 20th. Read more.
The 3rd season of “Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty” debuts Nov. 24, 2008 on KAAM 770 AM, live from Ten Sports Grill, 1302 Main St. in downtown Dallas. Listen online and submit questions for Coach Doh or call in at 972-445-0770 or 877-272-5226. Read more.
The men’s soccer team fell to South Carolina 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Conference USA tournament Nov. 12. The NCAA announces the field for its postseason tournament Nov. 17. Read more.
Meanwhile, 8 Mustang soccer players have earned All-Conference honors. On the men’s team, sophomore defender/midfielder Leone Cruz, junior forward Paulo da Silva (right), senior midfielder Jeff Harwell and sophomore midfielder Kekoa Osorio were named 2nd-team All-Conference. Midfielder Diogo de Almeida and forward Arthur Ivo were named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team. Read more.
On the women’s team, junior defender Kim Peabody was named first-team All-Conference, and first-year forward Logan May was selected to the league’s All-Freshman team. Read more.
Fresh from winning its first Conference USA title, the cross country team heads to Waco Nov. 15 for the 2008 NCAA South Central Regionals. Running for the 19th-ranked Mustangs will be the 2006 and 2007 South Central Regional Female Athletes of the Year, senior Rachael Forish and sophomore Silje Fjortoft. Fjortoft also owns the 2008 C-USA individual title after clocking the fastest 5K time in conference history, 16:46. (Left, Fjortoft and Forish.) Read more.
Senior Petra Klosova received her 6th career Conference USA Swimmer of the Week honor Nov. 11. The SMU Olympian was recognized for her performance at the 2008 Mean Green Duals Nov. 8, in which the SMU women’s swimming and diving team beat Colorado State, New Mexico State and North Texas. Read more.
The cross country team won the 2008 Conference USA women’s championship Nov. 1 at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis. It is the first C-USA title for the Mustangs, who toppled the two-time reigning champion Rice Owls. In addition, SMU sophomore Silje Fjortoft won the individual title, defeating defending champion Alex Becker of Tulsa. Read more.
Senior punter Thomas Morstead and junior offensive lineman Mitch Enright have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Both were first-team selections on the 24-man squad. Read more.
First-year player James Kwon (left) was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week for the week of Oct. 29, 2008. Kwon won the individual title at the Baylor Intercollegiate after shooting a one-under-par 212 (74-69-69) in the two-day tournament. Read more.
Senior Candace Blackman was named Conference USA Swimmer of the Week Oct. 28, 2008. It is the second time Blackman has received the honor and her first of the 2008-09 season. Blackman took three first-place honors in a dual meet against Arizona State, helping the 400-free relay team win in 3:24.14 and capturing individual titles in the 100-free (50.65) and 200-free (1:48.78). Read more.
SMU honored Mustang football legend Don Meredith (right) during halftime of the SMU-Houston football game Oct. 18, 2008. Meredith, who rose to professional stardom during his 9 years with the Dallas Cowboys, was selected for the honor by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised primarily of Lettermen’s Club members. Read more from SMU News.
Meanwhile, the 2008 football team has quietly risen to No. 11 in the nation in passing offense with 293.1 yards per game. Read more.
The cross country team combined for 3rd place at the 6K Chile Pepper Festival Oct. 18 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft earned her second consecutive Conference USA Athlete of the Week award for her individual 4th-place finish. Read more.
The women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have been ranked among the Top 25 in the United States by CollegeSwimming.com, at No. 12 and No. 19 respectively. The women’s team hosts Arizona State Oct. 23 in Perkins Natatorium. Read more.
The women’s swimming and diving team dominated the 2008 North Texas Mean Green Relays in Keller Oct. 3, taking first place in 8 of 10 events. Read more.
In other news, men’s swimming and diving team member Colton Ingraham won his second title in the 2008 Alcatraz Invitational Swim, an annual 1.5-mile race from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. Read more.
SMU cross country beat six Top 25 teams for 6th place in the 2008 Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 3. Sophomore Silje Fjortoft was the fastest finisher among all underclassmen in the race. The team’s performance has boosted it to a No. 21 ranking in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association women’s Division I poll. Read more.
The men’s basketball team will have four games nationally televised by CBS College Sports Network in 2008-09, as announced by the network Oct. 9. The games will include both matchups with 2008 NCAA finalist Memphis, at Rice Jan. 14, and against East Carolina Jan. 24. Former basketball coach and analyst Fran Fraschilla will be the keynote speaker at the team’s 2008 Basketball Tip-Off Dinner Oct. 14. Read more.
SMU will honor legendary former quarterback Don Meredith during the SMU-Houston game Oct. 18. “Dandy Don,” who played for SMU during the 1957-59 seasons, is the 6th Mustang football great to be honored by the SMU Hall of Fame Committee. Meredith played for nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and was inducted into the Cowboys’ “Ring of Honor” in 1976. Read more.
First-year tennis player Marta Lesniak dropped only one set during the entire tournament to win the wild card draw of the Fidelity-Southlake Women’s Pro Classic Sept. 21. She also paired with junior Sophie Quist to defeat several pairs of professional players and win the doubles draw. Read more.
Sophomore runner Silje Fjortoft, Conference USA’s 2007 Freshman of the Year, has been named the C-USA Athlete of the Week after clocking a first-place time of 16:33.03 over the 5,000-meter course at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station Sept. 20. Fjortoft ran more than 40 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor to win the race. Read more.
Four members of the SMU track and field will compete at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships through June 14 at Drake University Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Silje Fjortoft (3,000m steeplechase), Andrea Kvetova (javelin), Christina Mueller (discus) and Ilyssa Pettigrew (800m) all qualified for the finals at NCAA Regionals earlier this month. Read more.
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Seven track and field athletes have qualified for the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships, hosted by Nebraska May 30-31. The following Mustangs met the qualifying standards for their events:
- Gayla Cloud, first-year, 100m hurdles
- Silje Fjortoft, first-year, 3,000m steeplechase
- Lauren Kuhner, sophomore, hammer throw
- Andrea Kvetova, senior, javelin
- Christina Mueller, junior, discus
- Ilyssa Pettigrew (left), senior, 800m run
- Kylie Spurgeon, first-year, discus
Junior swimmer Jennifer Basel and junior golfer Kate Ackerson have been named to their 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-District teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Basel holds a 3.94 cumulative G.P.A. in mathematics and mechanical engineering. She helped the Mustangs to a 5-3 dual record and 12th consecutive conference championship this season with conference and pool records in the 400 IM and 200 breast.
Ackerson holds a 3.89 G.P.A. in business. She has won three career Conference USA Golfer of the Week awards and finished third at the 2007 C-USA Championships.