Arkansas Picks Up a Pair of Wins
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The 18th-ranked University of Arkansas swimming and diving team (9-1, 3-1 SEC) walked away with three Davidson pool records and picking up two more wins to go along with their two from yesterday. The Razorbacks defeated Davidson (194-96) and Queens College (191-85) in a double-dual meet in Davidson, N.C.
“This whole weekend is just about championship preparation,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “Just being on the road and doing things right and handling things well to maximize our performances. I think if we look at today after last night we had an opportunity to change things up and move some people around into different events and we don’t usually get that opportunity.”
The Razorback victories are a result of a total team effort as eight different Razorbacks recorded a win out of the 14 individual events. Arkansas won 14 of the 16 events, including both relays. The Razorbacks also had an impressive nine one-two finishes on the day.
Arkansas started off the meet with a bang, recording a Davidson pool record in the 400 medley relay as the relay team of sophomore Shana Lim, sophomore Nikki Daniels, sophomore Susanna White and freshman Nina Drolc nabbed the record with a time of 3:50.00.
Arkansas followed their relay win with a first-place finish in the 1,000 freestyle as freshman Anna Mayfield swam a 10.11.51 for the victory. Mayfield held a solid lead throughout the entire race and was able to extend it into a 17 second victory margin.
Freshman Nina Drolc went out of her element to swim the 200 freestyle, picking up a big win for Arkansas with a time of 1:51.57. Drolc out-touched Caroline Arakelian at the wall by .39 seconds. Drolc was trailing Arekelian after the final turn but was able to track her down for the win in the final 50 when she recorded a 28,15 split. The event win put Arkansas up over Queens College (41-11) and Davidson (44-10).
Mayfield returned to the pool in the 100 backstroke clocking a big win with a pool record 55.59. The previous record was 56.37.
In the 200 fly freshman Rebekah Harvey recorded a big win as she clocked a 2:07.74 with freshman Rachel Kessler coming in second with a time of 2:08.00.
On the three-meter board Kesha Naylor took top honors with a score of 323.77 with freshman Shelby Bartlett coming in second with a score of 276.67.
Swimming out of her element, White took a stab at the 100 breaststroke and was able to clinch a victory with a time of 1:05.65. The sophomore took first-place in the event. With her win, Arkansas soared, grabbing a 54-point lead over Queens College and a 48-point lead over host Davidson.
At the first swimming break, Arkansas went one-two in the 50 freestyle as junior Alex Sutton picked up the win with a time of 24.68. Freshman Rachel Stoehr came in second with .11 behind Sutton to take second-place, igniting several ‘Hog Calls’ from the Razorback crowd.
On the one-meter board the Razorbacks put on a show, with Naylor picking up the win with a score of 303.68. Freshman Hannah Bortnick had a solid performance scoring a 287.10 overall. Bortnick nearly perfected a 1 ½ somersault in pike position that scored 8.0’s across the board giving off a cheer from the Razorback fans attending the meet. The Razorback divers went 1-2-3-4 on the one-meter board as Bartlett (282.60) came in third and junior Meaghan Clark (268.58).
“It was another solid performance by Kesha sweeping both boards,” head diving coach Dale Schultz said. “All four ladies dove well on the one-meter, and I’m looking forward to diving against Kansas and in the SEC Championships.”
All four Arkansas divers have now qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships on both the one-meter and three-meter boards.
Arkansas cleaned house on the 100 freestyle with White leading the way with a time of 51.21. White led out of the gate as she was the only swimmer under 25 seconds on the first 50. Mayfield (52.54), Monroe (52.79) and Stoehr (54.49) rounded out the top-four.
Arkansas nabbed another one-two finish as sophomore Julia Banach (2:19.90) and freshman Tera Bradham (2:26.17) grabbed the top spots in the 200 breast stroke. The wins put the Razorbacks ahead 144-38 against Queens and 149-38 against Davidson.
Arkansas would grab a one-two-three finish in the 500 freestyle led by Sigrun Sverrisdottir (5:01.97), Lauren Jordan (5:03.44) and Stoehr (5:06.67).
In the final event of the meet the Razorbacks didn’t let up as they sought to take another pool record with them, downing the 200 freestyle relay record with a blistering 1:35.83. Drolc, Monroe, Lim and White combined to take down the record. Drolc opened up the race, giving Arkansas the lead with a blistering 23.63 split, which was the fastest split of the race.
“One of our goals today coming off of yesterday was to come in and be competitive and be tough throughout all the races,” Schimmel said.
Arkansas returns to the pool on Feb. 2nd, as they face Kansas at 10 a.m. in the last dual meet of the season.
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Florida Cruises over FAU in Dual Meet
The University of Florida swimming and diving teams successfully continued their season on Saturday afternoon with a dominant win on both the men and women’s side. Sweeping multiple events, and with a school record nearly going down, the No. 7th ranked men’s team improved their season to 5-0 and remained perfect with a score of 178 to FAU’s 111 while the 9th ranked women scored 169 to FAU’s 106 and improved to a 2-3 record.
The afternoon began with a couple of victories in the 200 medley relay which saw both the men and women taking the top two spots in each event. This set off a terrific performance by the Gators which concluded with the men and women claiming a combined 23 victories out of 32 races.
The first individual event of the day saw the men’s team sweep the competition in the 1000 yard freestyle with freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.) leading the way, and sophomores Thomas Veale (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), and Harrison Curley (Winter Park, Fla.) following closely behind in the second and third spot, respectively.
In the 200 yard freestyle, sophomore Matthew Curby (Oviedo, Fla.) took first place in the event, stopping the clock at 1:39.11. Fellow Gators Jason Taylor (Plant City, Fla.) and Colin Hamilton (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied for second place (1:41.00) thus adding another sweep for the Gator men.
Sophomore Carlos Omana (Miami,Fla.) contributed with yet another victory for Florida in the 100 backstroke (50.06) while sophomore Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) finished first in the 100 breaststroke (57.70). Also taking the top spots were freshmen Justin Kairslik (Clermont, Fla.) in the 500 free (4:29.82) and sophomore Matthew Thompson (Seminole, Fla.) in the 200 back (1:50.09). All of these events saw the top three spots being claimed by the Orange and Blue.
Continuing the men’s success was senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) who took first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.16. Behind him were Gator freshmen Luke Torres (1.49.96) and Adam Bull (Dallas, Texas) who swam a season best 1:50.18 in the event. Also with a first place finish was freshman Ryan Rosenbaum (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) who swam the 200 breaststroke and clocked in a time of 2:05.87.
Leading the way for the Florida Gators women’s team was junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) who began the afternoon with a stellar performance in the 1650 yards freestyle, nearly breaking a 24 year-old school record. Her time of 15:53.22 is the third fastest time ever recorded in this event in Gator history and it is also an NCAA “A” qualifying standard. Fellow junior Savannah Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished second in the event (17:07.20).
In the 200 freestyle, the Gators women overpowered the Owls by taking the top 4 spots. Freshman Nathalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) led the way with a time of 1:48.70. The second spot was claimed by freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) in a time of 1:49.73, while the third and fourth place went to sophomore Rebecca Rainier (Richmond, Va.) with a 1:51.61 and junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) who recorded a season best of 1:51.69. The Gators had yet another freshman added a win when Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) touched the wall first in the 100 back with a time of 57.89.
Continuing with the day’s strong showing, the women’s team had a couple of sweeps of their own in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 fly, the 50 free and the 200 backstroke. In breaststroke, junior Hilda Luthersdottir (Harfnarfjordur, Iceland) finished first with a season-best and an NCAA “B” qualifying standard time of 1:01.83.
Senior Janie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.) came out on top in the 200 fly (2:00.06), while freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Canada) and junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) tied for first in the 50 free stopping the clock with a time of 23.71 and freshman Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wis.) won the 200 back (2:03.93). Russell continued the afternoon by adding another win in the 100 yard free (50.66) and keeping the day’s trend of events swept by the Gators.
Redshirt freshman Zach Hernandez (Johns Creek, Ga.) claimed two victories by finishing first and with personal bests in both the 1-meter and 3-meter board. On the women’s side freshman Kahlia Warner won the 3-meter while freshman Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) took the top spot in a sweep by the Gator women on the 1-meter board.
Next, both Florida men and women’s teams head to Auburn, Ala. for a dual meet against SEC rival Auburn Tigers on January 26th before returning home on February 1st to face off against Tennessee in the last home meet of the season.
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Florida Men Finish Third
The University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team completed the SMU Classic Saturday, taking third with 318 points. They finished behind Southern California who was first with 330 points and Michigan was second with 327 points.
Florida started off the second night with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay, where sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad and Tobago), sophomore Matt Elliott (Peoria, Ill.), junior Marcin Cieslak (Warsaw, Poland) and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) combined for a time of 1:29.14.
Redshirt junior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) collected two victories on night two. Rousseau swam a personal-best 4:17.53 to win the 500 free and later won the 200 fly with a time of 1:43.45. He totaled three individual event wins during the meet to lead the Gators.
Also earning a victory was Elliott who took first in the 200 breast after touching the wall in his season-best time of 1:55.97. Sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (Madrid, Spain) earned the top finish in the “B” final of the 200 breast with a time of 1:57.78 to finish eighth overall.
In the 200 back, junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) was third clocking in a 1:46.45 and Cieslak won the “B” final in 1:45.84. deBorde added a third place finish in the100 free with a time of 43.89 and freshman Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) was the top finisher in the “B” final after finishing in 43.92.
The final individual event was the 200 IM where Solaeche-Gomez took third in a time of 1:47.24 and Signorin finished ninth. Senior Sean Saley competed on the three-meter diving board and finished fifth with a score of 276.25.
To close out the meet, the group of Werner, deBorde, Rousseau and Homer combined for a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:20.73.
The complete results can be found here. The Gators will be back in action next Friday, January 26 when they travel to Auburn, Ala. to face Auburn in a conference dual meet.
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LSU Falls at Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The LSU Swimming and Diving program fell to both Texas A&M squads in College Station, Texas, in the Tigers final Southeastern Conference dual meet.
LSU will return to Texas A&M's Rec Center on Feb. 19 for the SEC Championships.
"We are going to come back to Texas A&M for our conference championships hungry," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "I think it will happen from the swimming and diving side. We are going to have that type of mindset, which is good."
The Aggies men's team (1-4, 1-3 SEC) defeated the No. 17 LSU men's team (4-2, 2-2 SEC) by a margin of 158-140 in a dual that was not decided until the last event. The loss ended the Tigers three-meet win streak.
"On the front half of the meet we put ourselves in a great position, but the second half of the meet they were getting their hands on the wall first," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "To win meets you have to get their first in the second half of the meet as well. We came up short. I thought that there were some great performances on the team."
The No. 5 Aggies women's team (6-1, 3-1 SEC) defeated the Lady Tigers (6-2, 3-2 SEC) by a score of 179-107. LSU will host Houston, Rice and Tulane next Friday in the LSU Natatorium.
"When I talked to the women, I told them that this is what SEC's are going to be like," Geyer said. "There are going to be multiple top-10 teams at the conference championships. Just because we had some second and third place finishes does not mean that they were bad swims by any means. I think we raced well."
The Tigers opened up the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay behind the efforts of sophomore Michael Young, senior Andrei Tuomola, senior Raymond De Padua and junior Michael Saco with a time of 1:29.89.
Senior Craig Hamilton added a victory in the 1000 free in the second event with a season best mark of 9:20.89.
The Aggies proceeded to swim 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle and earn nine first place points in 100 backstroke. Young, senior Nick Kunkel and De Padua finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 back.
The Tigers threw down a 1-2-3 finish of their own in the 100 breast. Junior Ricardo Alvarado Jimenez touched the wall first with a time of 56.07, and was followed by junior Walter Loop (56.48) and freshman Collin Finnegan. Loop's 100 breast swim was a career low.
Sophomore Frank Greeff and Tuomola tagged on a pair of victories in the 200 butterfly (1:48.81) and the 50 free (20.38), respectively. At the first diving break LSU led 74-57.
The Aggies regained a slight edge by winning the one-meter springboard event, and continued the momentum with victories in the 100 free and 200 back.
However, LSU retook the lead with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 breast. Loop posted his second career best of the meet with a time of 2:01.24 in a first place swim. Freshman Gabe Rooker and Finnegan followed behind.
The Aggies responded with wins in the 500 free and 100 fly. LSU again retook the 133-129 lead after junior Sean McKinney won the three-meter dive with his second highest career total of 371.63.
Texas A&M went on to win the 400 individual medley and the 200 free relay to clinch victory.
On the women's side, junior Torrey Bussey posted an impressive 100 breast time of 1:02.89 in a second place finish behind Olympian Breeja Larson.
Seniors Audrey Lawson (2:00.34) and Sara Haley (2:00.79) notched impressive marks in the 200 fly. Lawson's swim was a season low.
Freshman Cassie Weil finished second on the three-meter with a score of 312.61. Senior Elle Schmidt scored a season high 288.60 in a second place finish on the one-meter.