Conference USA: SMU Jumps Out To Day One Lead

HOUSTON, Texas, February 15. DAY one of the 2012 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championship has concluded with the SMU women jumping to an early lead in the team race, winning the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

The Mustangs quartet of Therese Svendsen, Erica Donadon, Genny Konicke and Isabella Arcila posted a 1:36.84 during the 200-yard medley relay, just missing the NCAA "A" qualifying standard (1:36.68). Rice claimed second place in the events, touching the wall in 1:41.31, more than two seconds faster than third-place East Carolina (1:43.34).

During the 800-yard freestyle relay, SMU again met the NCAA "B" standard as Nina Rangelova, Therese Svendsen, Eleonor Lindborg and Denisa Smolenova got to the wall in 7:11.27. Rice was just behind at 7:13.91, also an NCAA "B" standard time, while Houston claimed third place with a swim in another "B" standard time of 7:21.66. All three times were season-bests.

Through two women's events, SMU leads with 80 points, followed by Rice with 68, East Carolina (62), Houston (62), Tulane (56) and Marshall (52).

SMU leads the men's invitational meet, which runs concurrently with the women's championship, with 145 points through three events. TCU is in second place with 116 and East Carolina has 85 points.

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