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    SEC Swimming & Diving Today: October 26

    Arkansas dominates triple dual meet
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team swept Missouri, Kentucky and Southern Illinois in a triple dual meet on Friday, in their first away meet of the season. En route to the three victories, the Razorbacks tallied 10 event wins and three one-two finishes to go 3-0 on the day.

    The Razorbacks (3-1, 2-1 SEC) once again started out strong taking the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:42.69. The Razorbacks started the race off fast and in second place after the first leg. Sophomore Nikki Daniels made up some ground and gave the Razorbacks the lead after clocking a 28.95 split, and she was the only swimmer to break 28 seconds in any leg in the race. However as the final leg approached, the Razorbacks were behind, but freshman Nina Drolc out-touched Missouri at the wall clocking a 22.76 split in the freestyle to take first place for the Razorbacks. After winning the first race, Arkansas took the lead over all three schools and never looked back.

    The second event brought more Razorback success as the UA took first, third and fourth place in the 1000 freestyle. Senior Chelsea Franklin clocked the top time with 10:00.95 to take first. Franklin had a solid lead throughout much of the race; she finished with a six second lead over the second place finisher. Junior Julia Kucherich took third place with 10:06.47. After the first events the Razorbacks had a 26 point lead over Southern Illinois, a 22 point lead over Kentucky and an 18 point lead over the hosts, Missouri.

    Sophomore Lauren Jordan took a commanding win in the 200 freestyle, taking the win by a half a second with a time of 1:50.04.

    In the 100 breaststroke Arkansas recorded their first one-two finish on the afternoon as sophomore Julia Banah and Daniels nabbed the top spots. Banach took the lead from the get go and never surrendered it as she finished with a time of 1:04.08. Daniels followed with a time of 1:04.12.  In the 200 breaststroke, Banach and Daniels went one-two again with times of 2:18.38 and 2:18.67 respectively. Banach was in second place after the second leg and swam a strong 35.88 split in the third to make up some ground, her strong final leg (35.37) sealed the victory.

    Later on in the 100 yard freestyle Drolc took the victory for the UA clocking a personal best on the way with a time of 50.89. Drolc had a great start on the first 50 yards as she clocked a 24.34, the only swimmer under 25 seconds in the race.

    The 200 backstroke was dominated by the Razorbacks as they took three of the top-four spots. Freshman Anna Mayfield bested her previous score of 1:58.69 by five hundredths of a second to take first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.64, while recording a personal best. Mayfield was in the lead from the start of the race with a strong jump off the blocks, as she was the only swimmer under 29 seconds on any leg in the race. Jordan and Kucherich scored for the Razorbacks, coming in third and fourth with times of 1:59.27 and 2:04.34 respectively.

    As the meet went on the Razorbacks never stopped the pressure. The 500 freestyle was a banner event, as it was the final one-two performance for the Razorbacks, with Jordan and Franklin with the top finishes. Jordan had a commanding lead throughout much of the race as she clocked a final time of 4:54.54, beating out Franklin (4:56.43).

    On the boards, junior Kesha Naylor was the top finisher in both the three-meter and one-meter. Naylor took first in the three-meter with a score of 290.50, while taking second on the one-meter with a score of 260.70.

    With the meet wins already in the bag, Arkansas finished strong with first-place wins in the final two events. White took first in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:03.53 as the relay team of Drolc, Mayfield, Lim and White closed out the meet with first in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:35.02.

    The swimming and diving team returns to the pool on Nov. 15 as they compete in the Houston Cougar Invite in Houston, Texas.

    Alabama Women’s Swimming and Diving Upends Vanderbilt in Nashville
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Alabama women’s swimming and diving team notched its second win of the season and first in Southeastern Conference competition, beating Vanderbilt 158-103 in Nashville.
    The Crimson Tide (2-1, 1-1 SEC) won the 400 medley relay to open the meet and closed things out by winning the 200 freestyle relay, winning seven individual races in between.
    Junior Stephanie Kinsey, freshman Morgan Presley, junior Kristel Vourna and freshman Justine Panian combined to win the 400 medley with a time of 3:48.61 while Vourna, Panian, Kinsey and freshman Michele Rielly took the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:35.47.
    Senior Jenna Gallo won the 1,000 freestyle (10:18.87) and the 500 freestyle (5:05.90), while Vourna won both the 100 butterfly (55.51) and the 200 butterfly (2:04.39). Panian won the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.89 and Kinsey won the 100 backstroke after touching the wall with a 57.23. Junior Lauren Piper round out the Tide’s winning ways by taking top honors in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:08.70..
    The Tide men and women are both back in action against LSU on Nov. 2nd in Baton Rouge.

    Kentucky Swimming Men and Women Earn First Win of Season
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky swimming and diving team traveled to Columbia, Mo., for their first road meet of the 2012-13 season on Friday. Kentucky’s men’s and women’s swimming team came away with their first victories of the season as they defeated Southern Illinois. The men defeated SIU 193.00-105.00, while the women won 212.00-87.00.
    Southeastern Conference opponents Missouri and Arkansas came away victorious over the Wildcats. Kentucky’s men fell to Missouri 205.00-93.00. Arkansas, which only fields a women’s team, defeated UK 212.00-88.00, and Missouri won 164.00-135.00.
    “It was a pretty good effort,” said swimming head coach Gary Conelly. “The coaching staff saw a lot of improvement from last week, which is very gratifying since we trained very hard and spent most of Thursday traveling.
    “Maybe not happy with the scores of the meets, but pleased with the effort and direction we are heading.”
    Kentucky swimmers picked up two wins a piece on both the men’s and women’s side Friday afternoon. In its last meet UK combined for just one total victory.
    In the 100-butterfly, senior captain Mandy Myers won her first event of the season touching the board first with a time of 55.53. Sophomore Christina Bechtel placed in the 100-butterfly two spots behind Myers with a third-place finish with a final time of 66.10.
    Bechtel was the first Wildcat to record a victory on the afternoon, winning the 200-butterfly event, picking up her first win of the season breezing in with a time of 2:03.97.
    For the men, sophomore Lucas Gerotto pulled off his second win in as many meets in the 100-butterfly event, besting last week’s time of 49.70 with the winning time of 49.46. Senior Ramon Walton finished the race in third place with a time of 50.99.
    Gerotto also picked up a third place finish in the 50-freestyle with a time of 21.15, finishing right behind junior Chris Lott (21.09) who finished second.
    The men won their first relay of the season, taking home first in the 4x100-freestyle relay. The Cats dominated the event with the team consisting of Lott, Will Heidler, Gerotto, and Chris Thomas tallying the winning time of 3:05.62. Kentucky also took third place as John Bullock, Cameron Hyde, Scott Crosthwaite, and Travis Green rallied for a third-place finish (3:09.81).
    Senior Megan Eppler had another solid meet this week. She placed second in the 100-freestyle event (51.42) and took home a third in the 50-freestyle (25.58).
    Fellow senior Tripp Crosthwaite earned a couple of third place finishes in the 200-butterfly (1:52.54) and in the 200-IM (1:54.90).
    The divers had another solid showing this weekend, though they cooled off a bit from last Friday’s hot start.
    “Overall we were a little flat today,” said head diving coach Ted Hautau. “We weren’t loose and positive and that started from the coach all the way down.”
    “I had to apologize to the team. It was a good learning experience and I think it will help us mentally going forward.”
    Sophomore Christa Cabot earned a second place in the three-meter event, scoring a 272.35 with freshman teammate Rebecca Hamperian earning third place (269. 75). Sarah Chewning earned a third-place score in the one-meter dive (255.40).
    For the men, junior Greg Ferrucci battled through illness to earn a second place score of 355.30 in the one-meter event. Senior captain John Fox placed third in the men’s three-meter (321.80).
    Kentucky will be back in the pool next Friday, Nov. 2, as the Wildcats play host to SEC opponent Auburn at 2 p.m. ET.

    Gators Top Gamecocks in Second Dual Meet of the Season

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida swimming and diving teams defeated South Carolina in their second dual meet in two days on Friday in Columba, S.C. Florida's No. 1 ranked men's team won 166-128 and the women's team took the win 176-119. It was the Gators' second SEC dual meet of the season as the men improved to 2-0 (2-0 SEC) and the women are 1-1 (1-1 SEC).

    The diving events went first, with freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) finishing second on the three-meter board and third on the one-meter. Fellow freshman Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) also scored for the women as she was third on the three-meter and fifth on the one-meter.

    On the men's side, junior Christopher Jones (Palm City, Fla.) finished third on the three-meter, sophomore Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) was fourth and senior Sean Saley (Pompano Beach, Fla.) came in fifth. Saley led the way with a third place finish on the one-meter, followed by Jones and fourth and Hernandez in fifth.

    Florida had a strong showing in the distance freestyle events. Junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) won both the 1000 and 500 for the women. Mathieu finished the 1000 in a time of 10:00.75 and the 500 in 4:54.79. Sophomore Molly Dubrasky (Estero, Fla.) grabbed second for the Gators in the 1000 free with a time of 10:10.59. Freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.) and sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) completed the sweep in the 500 free finishing second (4:56.54) and third (5:00.06) respectively.

    The men swept the top three spots in both the 1000 and 500 free. Freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) earned his first victory as a Gator touching first in a time of 9:11.96 in the 1000 free. Sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami, Fla.) and junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) rounded out the top three with times of 9:13.96 and 9:19.59 respectively. In the 500 free, sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) took the win, Frayler finished second and Signorin was third.

    In another sweep, junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) won the 200 free in a time of 1:48.07 and just behind her was freshman Jessica Theilmann (Newcastle, England) in second and junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in third.

    The Gators' tallied wins in all the backstroke events as freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) swam her way to wins in the 100 backstroke (55.86) and the 200 backstroke (2:02.16) and junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) won both with a 49.71 in the 100 back and 1:49.96 in the 200.

    Linn also grabbed two individual victories, touching in at 2:04.30 in the 200 IM and 24.00 in the 50 freestyle. Also collecting two wins on the afternoon was senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) who won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:03.03 and the 100 free finishing in 51.01.

    Junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland) and sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.) took the top spots in the 100 breast, with Luthersdottir finishing in 1:03.28 to win the women's and Elliott won in 56.02. With his third event win in two days, freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) won the 100 butterfly in a time of 49.20.

    Coming in first for the men in the 200 free was junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa), who finished in a time of 1:37.72. Junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) won his second-straight 50 free, finishing in a time of 20.58. Wallace had his second win of the day when he finished the 200 butterfly in 1:47.75 and Beisel added a second win with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.65).

    Auburn Women Stay Unbeaten with Win Over Notre Dame
    AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn’s women’s swimming & diving team won eight races and got an especially strong performance from its distance corps as the Tigers defeated Notre Dame 166-132 Friday afternoon at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
    “It’s our third week in a row and the women are pretty tired,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “They’ve been racing tough. It’s always good to come away with a win, especially with a quality team. They’re really well-coached from Brian Barnes, and they’ve got some really good swimmers.”
    The Tigers improved to 3-0 in dual meet action while Notre Dame dropped to 0-1 on the year. Several swimmers competed in their off-events, a strategy Hawke said was meant to keep the team training throughout the meet.
    “We’re just trying to mix it up,” Hawke said. “It’s more about training around this stage. Most of the competition are preparing themselves for the spring. We’re trying to mix it up with some different looks and see where we’re at, and I thought the girls stepped up today.”
    Senior Katie Gardocki had her strongest performance of the year, posting a pair of impressive times in both of her individual events. The Suffield, Conn., native clocked a season-best 9:45.42 in the 1,000-yard freestyle, just three seconds shy of her career-best, and posted the third-best time in the nation so far this year while winning the race by a stunning 29 seconds.
    She came back later in the meet with a 4:49.07 to win the 500 freestyle by more than 13 seconds, posting the 10th-best time in the nation through the early part of the season.
    “I think Katie was a standout, getting her rhythm back in her distance events,” Hawke said. “She was outstanding.”
    The Tiger sprinters also came up with big performances today. Junior Emily Bos came within a half-second of her career best in the 100 free with a winning time of 50.53, leading a sweep of the top three spots as Haley Krakoski (50.89) was second and Lindsey Norberg (51.50) was third.
    Bos also took runner-up honors in the 50 free with a 23.46 as senior Hannah Riordan posted just the fifth time in the nation this year to break the 23-second mark with a winning 22.98.
    Riordan also earned a second win in the opening event of the meet. She anchored the winning 400 medley relay team of Jillian Vitarius, Micah Lawrence and Olivia Scott to a winning time of 3:39.10, and Auburn’s ‘B’ squad of Sarah Reynolds, Lauren Norberg, Megan Fonteno and Haley Krakoski touched second in 3:42.84.
    Lawrence swam the 100 breaststroke for the first time this year, sprinting to a winning time of 1:00.87, the third-fastest time in the nation so far this year. And Sarah Peterson won the 200 butterfly for the second straight week, clocking a 2:00.20 to outpace her nearest opponent by more than a second and a half.
    Freshman Sarah Reynolds earned Auburn’s other win on the day, clocking a 1:59.99 in the 200 back for her first individual collegiate victory. Sophomore Megan Fonteno earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100 fly (55.56) and 200 free (1:51.37). And Peterson, Abby Duncan and Lauren Norberg went 2-3-4 in the 200 IM.
    Sophomore diver Cinzia Calabretta took second place in the 3-meter event with a career-best score of 309.38, and sophomore Shanna Schuelein was runner-up in the 1-meter event with a 281.10.
    Auburn exhibitioned the final relay, but the team of Krakoski, Bos, Riordan and Aubrey Peacock had the top time in the 200 free relay with a 1:32.78. Scott, Fonteno, Vitarius and Lindsey Norberg were right behind in 1:34.48.
    The men’s team will rejoin the women next week as the Tigers hit the road for the first time in 2012-13. Auburn will travel to Lexington, Ky., for an SEC dual meet with the Kentucky Wildcats, scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. CT.

    LSU Women's Swimming and Diving Takes Down Tulane

    NEW ORLEANS, La.- The LSU women’s Swimming and Diving team (3-1, 1-1 SEC) won every event and defeated Tulane (1-2) by a score of 174-69.

    “Overall, it was a great team performance. The women came in with sort of a chip on their shoulder and really stepped up,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “From the first relay to the last relay, they refused to be beat in anything. It was a great team performance from top to bottom.”

    The Lady Tigers will host North Carolina State tomorrow at 2 p.m. (CT) in the LSU Natatorium. All admission to home meets is free of charge.

    Junior swimmer Rainey White led LSU with two individual victories and one relay victory. White touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly (56.02) and the 50 freestyle (23.85).

    The Mountain Brook, Ala. native also swam the third leg of the first place 200 medley relay (1:44.57) that consisted of freshmen Caley Oquist and Taryn MacKenzie and senior Torrey Bussey.

    Freshman diver Cassie Weil, last week’s SEC Female Diver of the Week, earned her third career victory with a first place finish on the three-meter springboard (297.45).

    Sophomore diver Alex Bettridge picked up her first victory of the season on the one-meter springboard with a score of 253.42.

    “I thought our performance was good. We came in, we warmed up and we dove well in two events,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “Now we’re going to turn around, go home, rest and get ready for NC State.”

    Megan Cox led off the first place all-freshman 400 free relay (3:32.77) that was comprised of Danielle Stirrat, Stacey Stanfield and Rebecca Werdine.
    Bussey added an individual win in the 100 breaststroke with a season best time of 1:03.88.

    Stirrat became the first LSU swimmer to break the five-minute barrier in the 500 free (4:59.91) this season in a first place swim.
    Sophomore Amber Carter scored a pair of victories in the 100 free (51.67) and the 200 free (1:53.69).

    Senior Sara Haley, LSU’s top 200 fly swimmer the past two seasons, earned her first career victory in the 1000 free with a team season best of 10:20.75.

    Sophomore Katlin Sepp took first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.53.

    Senior Kaelee Mader chipped in with a victory in the 200 individual medley (2:08.97).

    “I’m hoping we can take the momentum of tonight, come with that same attitude tomorrow and hopefully not get too complacent,” Geyer said. “I want us to use this momentum to carry us tomorrow and for the rest of the season.”