NEW ORLEANS, La., Jan. 17. THE Tulane University women’s swim team kept its unbeaten streak in 2004 in tact Saturday afternoon as the Green Wave squad dominated Florida A&M and Delta State with identical 105-16 scores in a double-dual meet at the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
The Green Wave won at every distance and stroke on the day, and finished one-two in 10 of the 14 events. Amanda Williams helped lead the charge with victories in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:58.57) and 100 butterfly (1:00.50), and led off Tulane’s winning 400-yard medley relay team.
"I’ve very proud of the way the team came out and swam today,” head coach Daniella Irle said. “We were confident in our abilities against both teams we faced, and we did a really good job of keeping our times up while swimming out in front. It sounds silly, but swimming hard when you have a sizeable lead can be tougher than it seems. Sometimes you have a tendency to let up a little when you get ahead, but these ladies kept their intensity throughout their races, and that’s the sign of a rapidly maturing program.
“In addition, a lot of the girls swam in events that are not necessarily their strengths. Many were participating in their second or third best events. For us to achieve the success we did today without swimming in our best events really says something about the versatility and depth of this team.”
With the pair of wins, Tulane improves to 10-2 overall, including a 10-1 mark in dual meet action. Saturday’s sweep marks the Green Wave’s fourth and fifth victories during the spring season as the squad won the Tampa Relays and swept a double-dual meet over Radford and Georgia Southern back on Jan. 4-5, respectively.
Other individual winners were Linda McEachrane, Nicole Taheri, Katherine McCoy, Monica Jones, Maureen Quinn and Leslie Christian.
McCoy joined Williams in the three-win category, earning victories in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.29), 50-yard freestyle (24.40) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:15.93), and teamed with Katie McGuire, Elizabeth Carey and McEachrane to form the winning combination in the 200 free relay (1:39.89). McEachrane, meanwhile, won the 100-yard breast (1:09.63) and 100-yard freestyle (53.97) and anchored both legs of the 400 medley relay team and 200 free relay team.
Taheri won the 1,000 free (10:35.35), Jones claimed the 200 fly (2:11.28), Quinn was victorious in the 200 breast (2:33.54) and Christian took home the 500 free title (5:09.41).
The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24 when they travel to Monroe, La. to take on host Louisiana-Monroe and Texas A&M.