Women’s swim and dive team looks ahead to U.S. Open Championships

Abe Seldowitz, Staff Reporter

Parker Waters | Tulane Athletics
The Green Wave women’s swim and dive team will be competing at Georgia Tech, showcasing six student-athletes in the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open championships.

The Green Wave women’s swim and dive team closed competition at the 2019 Phill Hansel Invitational Tournament, finishing fourth out of five teams with a point total of 716 points

The tournament was located at the University of Houston’s Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium and featured teams from Rice, Nevada, Washington State and Houston. Coach Leah Stancil was very pleased with the team’s performance stating, “The team really raced well. What I appreciate so much about this team is their willingness to take feedback… Everyone swam the fastest at this meet than they had all season , so we are headed in the right direction.”

The Green Wave women’s swim and dive team will be competing at Georgia Tech, showcasing six student-athletes in the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open championships. The six members representing the Green Wave will be freshman Lilly Byrne, sophomore Noa Heron, freshman Madison Cummings, senior Olivia Johnson, junior Kate McDonald and senior Jordan Morling. 

The competition will start Wednesday, Dec. 4th and will end on Saturday, Dec. 7th. Given the competition will be against the nation’s elite college talent, the U.S. Open championships will be an opportunity to assess the Green Wave’s talent. 

Head coach Leah Stancil emphasized the importance of the competition on the implications of the future of the team. 

“I am really looking forward to seeing each of these women compete on a big state against some of the nation’s top swimmers,” she stated. “This event will serve as a great indicator as to where our team stands, as we continue to work toward our goal of performing at the very best at the conference meet in February.” 

The competition will give great insight into the outlook of the future of the Green Wave women’s swim and dive team.