Swimmers sweep most outstanding performer honors at conference championships

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SMU swimming and diving took advantage of the home pool advantage at last week’s American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Robinson and Lindley Aquatics Center, sweeping the most outstanding performer awards for both genders.

Senior swimmer Matea Samardzic was named the top swimmer in the woman’s category. She took home her second-straight conference championship in the 200-yard backstroke and set a pool record. She also took home the title in the 400-yard individual medley.

Freshman Andrea Podmanikova added another championship to the Mustangs’ trophy case with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke. At 2:09.29, her time placed her as No. 2 in the SMU record books. It was her first individual title as an SMU swimmer.

The women’s swimming and diving team ended in fourth place in the final standings.

On the men’s side, Jonathan Gomez received the most outstanding performer award after taking home three titles. He won the 400-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyl and 200-yard butterfly.

Diver Bryce Klein was named the co-most outstanding diver for the event, while diving coach Darian Smith took home conference coach of the year.

The men’s team placed third in the tournament.

Next on the schedule for the teams is the NCAA Championships in Minnesota March 21-24. SMU athletes will compete if their times are good enough to qualify.

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