SMU Classic, Day One

DALLAS, Texas, October 29. THE SMU women’s swimming and diving team is tied for second place with 155 points after the first day of competition at the SMU Classic Friday night at Perkins Natatorium. USC, which won each of the first night’s events, leads the meet with 212 points.

Purdue is tied with SMU with 155 points.

“I’m really proud of the way our girls swam tonight,” head coach Steve Collins said. “It’s a tough meet and USC has been incredible. They’ve broken a lot of meet records, which speaks to the quality of competition here at the SMU Classic; it’s solid first through fifth.”

SMU freshman Nina Rangelova placed second in the 200-yard freestyle, with an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:47.87. The 400-yard medley relay team earned a second-place finish (3:45.76), with Rangelova swimming the final leg for the Mustangs. Rangelova also swam the first leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay, helping SMU clock in with a second-place time of 7:28.27.

In the 100-yard backstroke, SMU’s Therese Svendsen finished with a time of 55.62 to take second for SMU. Svendsen also swam the backstroke leg in the 400-yard medley relay and swam the second leg of the freestyle relay the Ponies.

Sophomore Denisa Smolenova earned runner-up honors in the 100-yard butterfly (55.17), while freshman Deanna Matthews took second in the 400-yard IM (4:27.07).

The SMU Classic resumes at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 30 at Perkins Natatorium. The Mustangs also will compete in a dual meet against Rice at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Perkins.

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