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Mean Green swimming and diving team unable to catch SMU

Mean Green swimming and diving team unable to catch SMU

Mean Green swimming and diving team unable to catch SMU
January 31
22:21 2014

Ehsan Azad // Staff Writer

The Mean Green swimming and diving team won first place in two events, but couldn’t keep up with Southern Methodist University in the 141-96 loss Friday afternoon in Dallas.

Diving senior Catherine Johnson won both the one-meter and the three-meter diving events. She had a final score of 263.32 on the one-meter and a score of 299.47 on the three-meter.

“I think it was a great for the whole team,” Johnson said. “As important as it was for me, it was just as an important win for the team.”

However, the Mustangs took control of the swimming events and won first place in nine of the 13 total events. SMU finished in a tie for 24th in the nation last season, so the Mean Green knew the high level of competition it would face.

“This is a highly ranked team that has always nationally performed really well and so when you expose yourself to great athletes like that, it gives you great confidence to compete with athletes more on your peer,” head coach Brendon Bray said.

Bray said in the critiquing after this meet, he will discuss how the team needs be more aggressive in future races.

“All the girls always work on race strategies and things they can fine tune,” Bray said. “Every time you have a race you can work on what worked and what didn’t and we can get better next time.”

Though the team felt a disadvantage, some believed they gave SMU a good run. Distance swimming sophomore Jana Burkard said this meet brought out the greatest intensity of the team this season.

“We learned how to race SMU and we raced much harder than usual,” Burkard said. “We weren’t far behind and we gave them a hard time today.”

The team will now travel to College Station to face No. 2-ranked Texas A&M University. The meet will start at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Feature photo: Chloe Tong competes in the 200 Yard Breaststroke against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks at the  Pohl Recreation Center in Denton on October 5, 2013.  Photo courtesy of Rick Yeatts 

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