Vanderbilt Earns First Win of Season on Saturday

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, November 4. VANDERBILT earned its first win of the season and first-ever victory over Tulane on Saturday afternoon, winning 11 of the 14 events to take down the Green Wave, 166-122.

Vanderbilt Press Release

The Vanderbilt swim team picked up 11 first-place finishes en route to its first win of the season, 166-122, over Tulane. For the ‘Dores it was their first win over the Green Wave since the two teams started competing against one another five years ago.

“This was a great team win for us,” said Vandy head coach Jeremy Organ. “We needed everyone to do well today and place in order to pick up the win. Carrie did a great job of setting the tone for us with her win in the 1000. We followed that up by taking the top three spots in the 200 free and that carried us for the rest of the meet. I’m really proud of the way we swam out there today.”

Carrie Bencic picked up the first individual win of the day for the Commodores, finishing the 1000 free with a time of 10:21.01. The freshman also picked up a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:05.01).

The ‘Dores followed that up taking the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle. Hanna Martin took the top spot with a time of 1:55.35. She was followed by Lauren Torres (1:56.81) and Lauren Egan (1:56.81).

The freshman Egan also picked up a third place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:23.75. Elly Faulkner won the event with a time of 2:19.12. Egan’s swims Saturday caught the attention of Organ.

“I’m proud of the way Lauren raced today,” said Organ. “She’s been doing well in practice and it showed today. She put up great times, she’s been doing really well.”

Despite scoring 26 points in both the one- and three-meter diving events the ‘Dores were able to beat the Green Wave by 44 points, after getting as close as nine points in their last four match ups.

“This is a good step for our program,” Organ said. “We needed this win, and today I think we showed the depth that we’ve been working to build. We keep getting deeper in each event and I’m proud of the way we compete and practice.”

Tulane Press Release

Sophomore Mia Schachter won the 100 freestyle, the freshmen tandem of Joy Jason and Jonna Frantz came in first in the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle, respectively, and sophomore diver Lauren Arnold emerged victorious in the one- and three-meter springboard, but it was not enough as the Tulane swimming and diving team dropped a 166-122 decision to Vanderbilt on Saturday in the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium.

The Green Wave posted five career-best performances among 19 season-best outings in the contest against the Commodores. Vanderbilt, however, won 10 of the 14 swimming events to post its first-ever win over Tulane. In defeat, the Green Wave fall to 2-3 on the year and are now 4-1 against Vanderbilt (1-2) all time.

“I thought we swam alright today,” first-year Tulane head coach Katie Robinson said. “There were some standouts in my mind and then there were a few setbacks as well. I was telling the team that we can learn a lot from failures. We’re going to take some time to look back and see what we can do better so that we continue to move forward as a program.”

Joy’s 1:04.07 in the 100 breast was a career-best as well as the No. 4 individual and No. 8 overall time in Tulane history. She also led the Green Wave with a season-best 2:20.53 in the 200 breast to finish second. That time is the No. 2 individual time and the No. 3 overall mark in the Tulane record book. Frantz won the 50 free with a time of 24.57 while Schachter did so in the 100 free at 52.75.

Arnold, meanwhile, posted a 279.60 to win the one-meter springboard – her second NCAA Zone qualifying score of the fall semester – while scoring a career-best 278.10 at the three-meter elevation. Her three-meter score is ranks second individually and third overall in the Tulane record book while here one-meter mark ranks third overall.

Not to be left out, sophomore Maren Kjell scored a career-best 249.45 in the one-meter springboard – a mark that is the No. 3 individual score and the No. 7 overall score in Tulane history. Her 250.87 in the three-meter is the No. 9 overall mark in the Green Wave annals.

The quartet of sophomore Elizabeth Cook, Jason, freshman Ellis Sills and Schachter led Tulane in the 200 medley with a season-best 1:47.25 to finish second, as did the unit of freshman Jonna Frantz, junior Amy Needham, Cook and Schachter in the 200 free relay with a season-best 1:38.44. Sophomore Rachel Schneider clocked a season-best 5:07.43 to lead the Wave in the 500 free for a second-place finish, and sophomore Holly Grender logged a career-best 1:57.39 to pace Tulane in the 200 free to come in fourth overall.

Sills paced the Wave in the 200 IM and 100 fly with a 2:12.13 and 57.91 to finish second and third in the events, respectively, and Schneider posted a second-place finish in the 1000 free at 10:26.08. Cook led the Tulane effort in the 100 back and 200 fly with third-place finishes and respective times of 58.99 and 2:08.77.

Tulane returns to action on Nov. 21, when the Green Wave open play in the Phill Hansel UH Cougar Classic, in Houston, Texas. The three-day event – which follows NCAA Championship format – will conclude on Nov. 23 and will be the Green Wave’s final contest of the fall semester.

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