Orientation Leader Adam Bixby back to share about sports here at SMU. Adam is a Peruna Handler, and he wants to get you acquainted with the success of SMU athletics so you get excited to cheer on the Mustangs when you get here in the fall!
This year, SMU’s Division 1 athletics programs saw many breakthroughs. Men’s Basketball became American Athletic Conference Champions for the second time in three years, went a perfect 15-0 at home (a new SMU record), and competed in the “Big Dance” this March, unfortunately suffering a loss from the USC Trojans. Needless to say, “Moody Magic” was definitely in the air this season and will likely return for an encore next season. With attendance at basketball games at full capacity and football attendance steadily increasing, the outlook looks promising that these two sports teams will draw SMU further into the national spotlight. I predict a bowl game for SMU football next season, or as star wide receiver Courtland Sutton said in a press conference, the Mustangs have “a real shot at New Year’s Six Bowl in 2018”.
Women’s Cross Country won the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship, lead by senior Holly Archer. In the world of Golf the Mustangs excelled. Sophomore Briggette Dunne and the rest of the team launched to the top of the podium and secured second place at the American Championship. Women’s Volleyball had another highlight season by winning the AAC Championship and advancing to the National Tournament for the second straight year, but falling in the first round to 1 seeds. Women’s rowing is one of SMU’s youngest sports, but despite its recent founding has continued to grow in competitiveness and continues to compete and perform at Nationally recognized competitions. Swimming and Diving also saw tremendous success after winning Conference and sending several athletes to National Championship qualifying competitions
SMU football had its best season in 4 years, finishing with 5 wins, which left the Mustangs one win short of qualification for a bowl game. SMU football had one of the greatest upsets of 2016 by defeating the No. 11 ranked team Houston in routing fashion. Men’s Basketball star Semi Ojeleye had a terrific season with SMU and was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Not to mention SMU swept the American Athletic Conference this season and many Seniors have been scouted by NBA teams and three landed with teams in the draft this June.
Can’t wait to see you at all the athletics games this year! Cheer on and Pony Up!