Both junior Marne Erasmus and junior Tara-Lynn Nicholas recently competed in the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship, participating in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. The event concluded March 18.
Erasmus finished the Consolation Finals of the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.47, improving her time by half a second and finishing with All-American honors in the 100 fly for the third consecutive year. Erasmus finished in the top 16 of the event for the third straight season. Nicholas, who competed in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocked a time of 1:00.47, finishing 21st overall. Nicholas received All-American honors in both 2015 and 2014 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Both Erasmus and Nicholas brought prior experience to this years NCAA Championships, having won their respective events at this year’s AAC Championships, contributing to SMU’s overall victory. In addition, the two swimmers each competed at last years NCAA Championship as members of the 400-yard medley team, placing 13th.
Although this marks the end of the Mustangs season, both Erasmus and Nicholas will compete in the South African trials in hopes of representing their home country in the 2016 Olympics.