SMU women’s basketball will be the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Conference USA championship March 13-16 even after a loss to Rice in their final regular-season game Thursday, March 7 in Houston. After defeating UTEP on Sunday, March 3, they clinched at least a share of the C-USA regular-season title. The Mustangs take their 21-8 record to the championship round in Tulsa on Thursday, March 14.
SMU men’s basketball has their last home game of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, March 9. The game against UTEP will be played at the Curtis Culwell Center due to construction in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs are 5-10 in Conference USA play after defeating Tulsa 71-65 on Wednesday, March 6. C-USA championship play begins Wednesday, March 13 in Tulsa.
SMU women’s golf will travel to Mesa, Arizona this weekend for the 2013 Clover Cup. Recently, the women took the Central District Invitational title in Parrish, Florida. Freshman Jenny Haglund was recognized for her play at the tournament as Conference USA Women’s Golfer of the Week. This marked the Mustangs’ third tournament win of the season, which the program hasn’t done since 1986. The Clover Cup takes place March 8-10.
SMU men’s golf is back from Puerto Rico with a third-place finish in the Puerto Rico Classic. Seventy-five golfers played in the tournament, and SMU freshman Bryson Dechambeau finished strong, tying for eighth with a score of 6 under. Senior Mario Clemens rounded out the top 10 with a score of 5 under. The Mustangs will travel to Oregon for the 2013 Bandon Dunes Championship March 9-10 at the Old MacDonald Course.
Tennis vs. Tulsa: The women’s tennis team has a home matchFriday, Mar. 8, against Tulsa. The games begin at 2 p.m. at Northwood Country Club. Next, they travel to California for a match against UC Irvine at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The women have had a strong season, most recently winning their matches against Wisconsin last weekend.
Calling it “a game-changing investment for the GrowSouth initiative generating enormous economic impact,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has announced plans for a public private effort between the City of Dallas, AT&T and SMU to develop a 400-acre former landfill site in Southern Dallas into a world-class sports facility.
The facility would include an 18-hole championship golf course, a nine-hole short course, an administrative/teaching facility for The First Tee of Greater Dallas, a world-class practice facility, a practice academy for the SMU golfteams and recreational trails.
“The proposed Trinity Forest project would not only become one of the nation’s finest golf and outdoor trail facilities in the United States, it would serve as a powerful catalyst bringing economic opportunity to Southern Dallas and the Trinity project, potentially generating more than $32 million annually in economic impact,” said Mayor Rawlings. “Just as importantly, it would change the lives of children through The First Tee’s character and leadership-development programs and other charitable endeavors.”
Joined by Dallas City Council members, Mayor Rawlings unveiled the ambitious, three-year proposed plan at a news conference at Dallas City Hall. At his side were representatives from AT&T, SMU, the PGA TOUR, the Salesmanship Club, and The First Tee, a non-profit youth development program created by the World Golf Foundation that uses golf to teach important values to young people. World Golf Hall of Fame member (and Dallas native) Lee Trevino also was on hand to pledge his support. PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem participated via a teleconference.
The project would be built on a currently unusable landfill owned by the City of Dallas. The site is located in the Trinity Forest near the Trinity River Audubon Center, just 10 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Upon approval by the Dallas City Council, the project would be expected to get under way in spring 2013, with completion estimated by spring 2016.
A not-for-profit entity – involving major donors, supporters, sponsors and/or participants – would be formed to manage and operate the golf course.
Ron Spears, AT&T senior executive vice president, said AT&T plans to donate $2.5 million toward the development of the trails project.
“Dallas is our corporate home, and we are constantly seeking ways to enhance our community and participate as a corporate citizen,” said Spears. “We are proud to work with the City of Dallas, support charitable organizations and be involved in the economic development of Southern Dallas. We’re also happy to play a role in expanding the trails system in the Trinity Forest.”
SMU President R. Gerald Turner added that SMU looks forward to a partnership with The First Tee.
“As an educational institution, we’re especially pleased to give the young people of The First Tee the opportunity to interact with collegiate players and to encourage their aspirations for college. Likewise, our SMU students will learn and benefit from those interactions,” said Turner.
Mayor Rawlings thanked both AT&T and SMU for their support of the proposed project. “AT&T and SMU together have made a very significant commitment to the City of Dallas,” said Mayor Rawlings. “We’ve known for a long time that Southern Dallas holds the most promise and greatest potential for growth. The best news is that our great hardwood forest and natural ecosystem, which provide the perfect backdrop for a premier sports facility, would be preserved for future generations.”
The City would fund a maximum of $12 million limited to preliminary site work, environmental remediation, wetland and floodplain mitigation, and public infrastructure improvements.
Founded in 2003, The First Tee of Greater Dallas provides comprehensive teaching to over 1,100 youth participants each year in six program locations with introductory programming to over 25,000 elementary school students through The First Tee National School Program.
“The young people involved with The First Tee are going to be absolutely thrilled to call this Trinity Forest golf center their new home,” said Chuck Walker, managing director of The First Tee of Greater Dallas. “What an incredible backdrop to grow our programs so even more young people can gain exposure to the powerful character-building lessons that golf teaches.”
The proposed Trinity Forest site would also include plans for an area dedicated to highlighting the careers of prominent professional golfers from the Dallas area, including Byron Nelson and Lee Trevino.
Trevino, who resides in Dallas, closed the program with memories of his childhood days learning the game of golf at the City of Dallas’ Tenison Park Golf Club, located in East Dallas.
“As a golfer who has played the best courses in the world, nothing could make me happier than seeing this very smart investment being made right here in our backyard. This is the big shot in the arm that Southern Dallas has needed, and it’s going to change the face of our city,” said Trevino. “And as a native Dallasite who learned to play while caddying as a kid, I’m truly thrilled to know that The First Tee will be there to expose a lot of kids — just like me — to the wonderful game of golf and the lifelong lessons it teaches.”
Matches at Moody: Volleyball will face Tulane at home at at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. If you’re a Facebook fan of SMU Volleyball, you can print a coupon for free admission to the match versus the Green Wave. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Mustangs have another home match versus UTEP at 1 p.m. The Mustangs enter the weekend with sophomore Caroline Young being named Conference USA offensive player of the week, her second time receiving the honor this season, and senior Olivia Bailey being named Conference USA setter of the week.
NOLA Bound: SMU Football travels to New Orleans this weekend to take on Tulane, at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. This will be the final game between SMU and Tulane as conference mates. Tulane has a 12-8 lead over SMU for match-ups, but SMU has won every meeting since 2009. The Mustangs enter the game with junior Randall Joyner being named Conference USA defensive player of the week.
On the right track: SMU Women’s Golf will be in Oklahoma for their next tournament, the Susie Maxwell Berning Tournament, Oct. 15-17. The Mustangs enter the tournament after placing first in the Johnie Imes Invitational, putting them at 2/3 wins for tournament play this season. In addition to her win at the Invitational, senior Melanie White was named Conference USA Co-Women’s golfer of the week. White finished the invitational at 8 under par, scoring a tournament record.
Soccer Sunday: On Sunday, Oct. 14, Men and Women’s Soccer will have matches on the road. The men face UCF in Florida at 6 p.m. and enter the game as the number one team for the Midwest region in NSCAA national rankings. The women match up against Marshall in West Virgina at noon.
Women’s golf victorious: SMU women’s golf traveled to Nebraska Sept. 10-11, 2012, for the Chip-N Club Invite and came home with the title for the second year in a row. First-year Alexandra Rossi shot three over par and earned individual medalist honors in her first career collegiate match. (Right, Rossi courtesy of SMU Athletics.)
“Wear red, be early, and be loud”: SMU will face Texas A&M in the second home game of the season at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. SMU and A&M have met 78 times – the last on Sept. 4, 2011, when the Aggies defeated the Mustangs 46-14. Overall, the Aggies have a 42-29-7 edge, but this can change come Saturday. Look out for:
Margus Hunt: Hunt is a senior defensive end that first started playing in 2009. Since then he has broken the NCAA career record when he blocked his ninth career FGA in the 2012 SMU vs. SFA game. Hunt is currently on the Watch Lists for both Hendricks and Lombardi Awards, was named preseason All-Conference USA by several outlets and was named the No. 1 athletic “freak” in college football by CBSSports.com.
Kenneth Acker: Acker is a junior defensive back who this week was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.
Zach Line: Line set a school record by rushing for five TDs in the 2011 Northwestern State game. Line’s 36 career rushing TDs are third all-time at SMU. This year Line is joined by his brother, PARADE Magazine All-American Prescott Line.
Darius Johnson: Senior wide receiver Johnson was named MVP in back-to-back bowl games, the Armed Forces Bowl (2010) and BBVA Compass Bowl (2012).
View the full roster and flood Ford Stadium with red this Saturday.
Bump, set, spike: SMU volleyball will finish off the tournament season with the Oklahoma Invitational, beginning this weekend. They will face Oklahoma on Friday, Sept. 14 and New Mexico and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Mustangs enter the tournament with senior Courtney Manning named First Team All-Conference USA and All-Midwest Region honorable mention; and sophomore Caroline Young named to the C-USA All-Freshman team. (Below, SMU Volleyball courtesy of SMU Athletics.)
Men’s Annual Soccer Classic: SMU men’s soccer will host the Annual SMU Soccer Classic this weekend, Sept. 14-16, 2012. They will face Oakland on Friday, Sept. 14 and UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 16. Currently the Mustangs are 40-11-4 all-time when hosting a tournament. This week, sophomore Tyler Engel was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and selected to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week.
Looking Ahead: Upcoming Mustang matches at a glance….
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 Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, inducted 4 new former Mustangs into its Athletics Hall of Fame during formal ceremonies May 1 – football player Eric Dickerson, basketball player Jim Krebs, swimmer Steve Lundquist and golfer Kyle O’Brien Stevens.
“As a department, we want to continue to recognize the contributions and successes of our former student-athletes,” said SMU’s Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. “Last year we reconstituted our Athletic Hall of Fame, and this year we honor another outstanding group for their accomplishments.”
The inductees and their achievements:
• Eric Dickerson (’83) – former All-American Mustang football player, member of the famed Pony Express; led SMU to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
• Jim Krebs (’57) – former All-American SMU basketball player; led the Mustangs to three SWC titles and the 1956 Final Four; former NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers; member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He died in an accident in 1965.
• Steve Lundquist (’83) – former All-American SMU swimmer; two-time Olympic gold medalist; member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame; 1982 United States Swimmer of the Year.
• Kyle O’Brien Stevens (’80) – former All-American SMU women’s golf player, claimed medalist honors and led SMU to the team title at the 1979 AIAW National Championships; 2003 inductee into the National Golf Coaches Association Player Hall of Fame.
(Above, left to right: Jane Krebs, widow of Jim Krebs, Eric Dickerson, Kyle O’Brien Stevens and Steve Lundquist.)
The women’s tennis team added a 17th game to its program-record winning streak with its 4-1 victory over top-seeded two-time defending champion Tulsa in the 2009 Conference USA Championship April 19 in Houston. Head Coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner led the 27-2 team to its first league title since becoming a member of C-USA and its first tournament title in program history. The team also received an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tennis Championships. NCAA selection announcements will air at approximately 5:20 p.m. Eastern time April 28 on ESPNews. Read more.
The women’s golf team has been honored by the NCAA with a public recognition award for the team’s latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score – marking the 3rd straight season in which the program has been so honored. Awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. The Mustangs were among 11 squads from C-USA and 767 teams NCAA-wide that received the recognition – 11.9 percent of the approximately 6,484 Division I teams. Read more.
SMU Athletics will offer jerseys, polos, T-shirts, shorts, jackets and shoes from various Mustang sports teams in a public “garage sale” April 25 during SMU’s 2009 Red & Blue Scrimmage. The event takes place in the concourse of Gerald J. Ford Stadium starting at noon and ending at the conclusion of the scrimmage.
A special pre-sale will be open only to SMU students, faculty and staff with SMU ID from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 in the Hall of Champions, 3rd floor, Loyd All-Sports Center. Methods of payment are cash or check only. Read more.
The Conference USA champion women’s basketball team (20-11 overall, 12-4 in C-USA games) tips off against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the 2009 WNIT Tournament – the team’s 2nd consecutive postseason appearance. The action begins at 7 p.m. March 19 in the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, Louisiana, and can be heard live in the North Texas area on KAAM (770 AM). Read more.
Two Mustang divers – junior Britney Yancey and sophomore Audra Egenolf (right) – qualified for the 2009 Women’s NCAA Championships with their performances in the NCAA Zone D Qualifying Meet, held March 13-15 at the University of Missouri. Both divers qualified for the one-meter springboard event; Yancey also qualified for the three-meter springboard, while Egenolf qualified for the platform competition. The 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships take place March 19-21 at Texas A&M. Read more.
The women’s tennis team has been ranked No. 24 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll – its highest ranking in 20 years. The Mustangs (18-2) extended their recent winning streak to 7 with their defeat of the No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs at Turpin Tennis Stadium March 18, 2009. Read more.
Sophomore Kelly Kraft (left) became the 2nd consecutive member of the men’s golf team to win Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors. Kraft shared the honor March 11, 2009 with Michael Whitehead of Rice; the two tied for 6th place in the 2009 Louisiana Classic March 9-10 at the par-72 Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette. This is Kraft’s 4th career weekly honor and 2nd of the 2008-09 season. Read more.
Senior Kate Ackerson took the title in the 2009 Baylor Spring Invitational at Twin Rivers Golf Club March 17, carding a three-round total of 223 (74-74-75) for a two-stroke win. The SMU women’s golf team placed 7th overall. Read more.
Senior Ilyssa Pettigrew (left) won the Ken Garland Invitational 5K at the University of North Texas Sept. 27, 2008. Her 18:18:5 finish was nearly 30 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Read more.
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Shepherd shared Conference USA Player of the Week honors with Rice’s Shelley Wong after she scored the tying and winning goals in the women’s soccer team’s games against Colorado College (1-2) and UTEP (1-0). Read more.
Senior Kate Ackerson has been named Conference USA Golfer of the Week after finishing tied for fifth at the Badger Invitational in Wisconsin. Read more.
Head Women’s Tennis Coach Lauren Meisner has selected to serve a three-year term on the Southwest Regional Committee of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Read more.
Head Football Coach June Jones and Assistant Coach Jeff Reinebold were featured in the segment “Heart of a Warrior” on the Sept. 30, 2008 edition of ESPN’s news magazine program, “E:60.” The piece focused on Brian Kajiyama, who was born with cerebral palsy that confined him to a wheelchair and left him unable to speak, and the extraordinary relationship he developed with Jones and Reinebold. Read more.
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.