Mustangs finish swim season at NCAA Championship

Courtesy of SMU athletics

On the final day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, Isabella Arcila posted the second fastest time in school history in the 100-yard freestyle, earning the senior All-American honors.

Arcila posted the 14th best time of 48.36 to qualify for the finals.

The time moved her up to second on the all-time list at SMU, and it was the third personal best posted by a Mustang at the Championship- Martina Moravcova set the school standard in 1999 and is the only Mustang to have clocked in under 48 seconds.

In the Consolation Finals, Arcila clocked in at 48.38- tying her for seventh place. Fellow senior Nathalie Lindborg also competed in the event’s prelims and finished with 48.96.

The 200-yard breaststroke prelims featured All-American performers Rachel Nicol and Tara-Lynn Nicholas. Nicol finished second in her heat turning in a time of 2:10.57.

Arcila’s points in the 100-free helped SMU finish with a final team score of 27.0. That was good enough for a 31st place finish out of 46 scoring teams and 73 overall.

California took the team title- edging out defending champion Georgia. Stanford placed third and Texas A&M, Virginia, Louisville, Texas, USC, Florida and Indiana rounded out the top ten.

SMU had four individuals earn All-American honors: Nicol, Arcila, Marne Erasmus, and Lindborg.

The Championship signals the end of the Mustangs’ 2014-15 team schedule. However, select swimmers swill compete in the Mesa Grand Prix April 15-18.

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