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SMU swimming closes 2014 season at Mesa Arena Grand Prix


SMU men’s swimming and diving sent a single swimmer to the Mesa Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona.

Senior Julian Fletcher swam in the competition that began Thursday and ended Sunday.

Fletcher swam in the 50-meter freestyle, taking place Friday, and the 100-meter breaststroke, taking place Saturday.

In the 50-meter freestyle, Fletcher recorded a 25.03 in the preliminary of the race, and he recorded a 1:06.83 in the preliminary of the 100-meter breaststroke.

Fletcher, overall, had a solid season. At the American Athletic Conference Championship, he placed seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

For the entire season, SMU was awarded 11 spots on the 2014 All-American Athletic Conference men’s swimming and diving team.

The seniors were Nicolai Hansen, Ryan Koops, Ramom Melo and Matt Roney. The juniors were Matas Andriekus, Devin Burnett, Hayden Hodges and Tyler Rauth. The one sophomore was Eastman Holloway. The first-years were Ziga Cerkovnik and Bryce Klein.

Burnett was named the 2014 Most Outstanding Diver for the season. He placed first in the one-meter (386.80), three-meter (389.45) and platform dives (399.65).

AAC’s Diving Coach of the Year was given to Head Diving Coach Jim Stillson.

The Mesa Arena Grand Prix concluded the swimming and diving season.


The SMU women’s swim team finished off its 2013-14 season at the Mesa Grand Prix held in the Skyline Aquatic Center.

Tara-Lynn Nicholas, a first-year, highlighted the Mustangs’ performance with a sixth-place finish in the A Final of the 100-meter breaststroke recording a 1:10.51 finish.

Junior Isabella Arcila placed third in the B Final of the 100-meter backstroke with a 1:03.91 finish. Sophomore Anna Volchkov also competed in the 100-meter backstroke. She finished second in the D Final with 1:06.30.

Finally, first-year Ursa Bezan competed for the Mustangs in the 200-meter individual medley C Final. She finished with a 2:25.86, which was good for sixth place.

The Mesa Grand Prix was the final meet for the SMU women’s swim team in the 2013-14 season.

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