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SMU hopeful in upcoming Mustang Classic

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Women’s swimming will host the SMU Classic this weekend.

Women’s swimming will host the SMU Classic this weekend. (Michael Danser/The Daily Campus)

The SMU women’s swimming and diving team will host an array of opponents this weekend in the Mustang Classic.

The Mustangs are in for a competitive weekend, as the SMU Classic gives nationally ranked opponents from across the country a chance to compete with other top teams.

SMU will be racing with a University of Texas team who placed sixth overall in the NCAA tournament last year, Florida, who finished seventh, Virginia, who came in 13th, and Wisconsin who finished 11th.

SMU finished the tournament in 36th place.

However the Mustangs cruised past Conference USA rival Rice 156 to 106 in their opener last Saturday.

Sophomore Nina Rangelova took first in the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyles.

Rangelova’s outstanding performance along with contribution in relays helped her earn the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week Award.

Another swimmer to keep an eye on this weekend is senior Therese Svendsen.

Against Rice, she won the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events , which will also be in the upcoming meet this weekend.

The designed the SMU Classic is so that each competing team must have one representative in each race, but squads are limited to eight swimmers and one diver for the entire event.

The competition is set up so that only the top swimmers of each selected team will start the tournament.

With swimmers able to compete in three-day relays, it gives them the advantage to show off their skills in more than one day.

During last year’s Mustang Classic, SMU finished fourth. The meet will take place this Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. inside the Perkins Natatorium.  

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