Nikki’s Numbers: SMU’s week in sports by the numbers
1 – The SMU women’s track & field team competed in the first ever Baylor Invitational on Friday at the Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium. The Mustangs’ top finish of the day came from senior sprinter Stephanie Kalu. Kalu placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.62. Kalu’s time ranks in the top ten nationally and is the fastest time in the American Athletic Conference.
5 – The SMU women’s track team also sent five runners to the Stanford Invitational on Friday. Karoline Skatteboe ran the conference’s fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time, and teammate Holly Archer led the Mustangs with a fifth-place finish in the 1,500-meter race. Archer set the new top mark in the 1,500-meter in the American Athletic Conference this season.
8 – The SMU rowing Varsity 8+ crew earned the American Athletic Conference Boat of the Week honor following a standout performance against Kansas on Saturday at White Rock Lake. SMU beat Kansas on a windy day by nearly seven seconds. SMU’s Varsity 8+ crew consists of a pair of seniors, one junior and three from both the sophomore and freshman classes. The Mustangs are back on the water on April 18 against Tulsa for the Lawless Cup.
10 – The SMU men’s tennis team is taking on No. 10 TCU on Wednesday at 6 p.m at home in the new SMU Tennis Complex. The Mustangs are coming off two back to back losses against UT Arlington and USF. SMU dropped a tight match to UTA 4-3 losing the doubles point and drawing in singles play. In the loss against USF, freshman Samm Butler gained the Mustangs’ single point in No. 3 singles. Butler’s singles win boosted his record to 18-3 this spring, the best mark on the team. Nate Lammons and Arkadijs Slobodkins improved to 13-1 in doubles in 2015, also the best record on the squad. The match is the second-to-last of the season for the Mustangs, who are currently 17-7 this season.
13 – SMU ranked 13th in CBSSports’ Ridiculously Early Top 25 article. Why? Well according to Gary Parrish it’s because of Nic Moore. The reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Year is returning. That means SMU should have a good shot of making a run for the Big Dance in consecutive years for the first time since 1984 and 1985. While SMU’s first tournament appearance in a long time was short lived, SMU is staying in the conversation for sure for next year.
28 – The 14-5 SMU women’s tennis team is set to take on No. 28 Houston on Wednesday at 11 a.m. away at the John E. Hoff Courts. SMU is ranked 70th in the latest ITA rankings released on April 7. Houston is the highest-ranked team in the American Athletic Conference. SMU had its three-match winning streak snapped last weekend, falling to conference foe Memphis, 4-0, on Friday. Wednesday’s matchup with the Cougars is the Mustangs’ final road match of the regular season before they return to their home courts against Abilene Christian on April 10.