Nikki’s Numbers: SMU’s week in sports by the numbers
1 – The SMU women’s swimming and diving team took home first place at the American Athletic Conference championships. It is the team’s 16th championship in the last 19 seasons, and the first in the the AAC’s first two seasons. The Mustangs surpassed the second place UConn Huskies 797-619 points followed by East Carolina with 595.5 points. Head Coach Steve Collins was awarded women’s AAC Coach of the Year and SMU topped the podium in three events. Senior Rachel Nicol won the 200-yard breaststroke, senior Isabella Arcila won the 200-yard backstroke with a personal best, and the third win came from the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Nathalie Lindborg, Arcila, Marne Erasmus, and Adrienn Santa.
2 – The SMU men’s swimming and diving team finished second in a close race for the AAC championship title. They finished a mere 34.5 points behind East Carolina. They had 10 gold medalists, seven silver medalists, and four bronze medalists. SMU swept the 100, 200, and 500-yard freestyle races with gold performances by freshman Christian Scherubl. The Mustangs also won the platform, one-meter, and three-meter dives with dives from Devin Burnett.
3 – SMU men’s soccer scored three goals against the Austin Aztex to kick off their spring schedule. They defeated the Aztex 3-1 with two goals from sophomore Stanton Garcia and one goal from Idrissa Camara from a Garcia-Mauro Cichero assist. The team is back in action on Thursday against FC Dallas affiliate Arizona United SC on Westcott Field at 8 a.m.
7 – The SMU women’s tennis team’s unbeaten streak continues to grow as they are now 7-0 on the season. SMU beat No. 62 ranked USF on Sunday afternoon at the new SMU tennis complex. The 5-2 win over USF is SMU’s first win over a ranked team this season with a chance for more coming up. The Mustangs travel away for the first time this season next weekend to face No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 33 Oklahoma.
17 – The SMU women’s basketball team recorded their second AAC win this weekend against the Houston Cougars, defeating them away by 17 points. The 68-51 win was spurred by freshman Keely Froling’s 13 points and seven rebounds as well as 37 points from the Mustang’s bench. The Lady Mustangs were shooting at 52.1 percent from the field as opposed to Houston’s 28.3 percent and they out rebounded the Cougars 38-31.
18 – Nic Moore scored 18 points to pick the Mustangs up from what could’ve been a bad loss to Temple on Thursday night. Besides the 18 points, Moore also had four assists and three steals to help the Mustangs down the Owls 67-58. Moore and company return to the court away against Memphis Thursday at 8 p.m.