Swim / Dive Has Strong Day 1 at SMU Classic
DALLAS – The University of Miami swimming & diving team enjoyed one of its best days ever at the SMU Classic, with a number of Hurricanes contributing to an impressive first night of performances.
In the first individual event of the weekend, freshman Andrea Todorovic set the tone in the 400-yard IM with the third-fastest time in program history (4:20.26) from the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium.
“Great, great night tonight,” head swimming coach Andy Kershaw said. “I’m really proud of the team because they really executed their races well. We’ve been talking about finishing – we saw them do that, and a lot of things we’ve been talking about working on.”
Junior Carmen San Nicolas went a personal-best time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.06) while sophomore Zorry Mason – who stood out in Miami’s first two competitions – had the 10th-fastest time in Miami history in the 50-yard freestyle (23.24).
“I thought they repped The U in the right way,” Kershaw said. “They had just the right amount of swagger but did it respectfully. We’ve having fun together as a family. We felt a lot of love from the swimmers who are back home.”
Sophomore diver Millie Haffety was fourth in the 1-meter (265.45) while strong times from junior Sydney Knapp in both relay events helped key a strong Day 1.
“We’re in one of the best positions we’ve been in after the first night,” Kershaw said. “The team is looking forward to tomorrow. We’re looking to do what we do best, and I think we’re in really good spot.”