“I think for our hard work and the commitment of our women and their dedication day in and day out it’s great,” head coach Sean Schimmel said about the 10-1 dual met record, which ties the 10-1 record from the 2008-09 season. “They stayed strong throughout all of our dual meets. The bottom line is it shows the foundation of this team and how far they have come and how we are a good strong team and that’s a good place to be going into conference and NCAAs.”
Arkansas recorded nine one-two finishes en route to the victory. The Razorbacks’ 16-event sweep of Kansas marks the first time since the 2010-11 season when the Razorbacks took the victory in all 16 events in a double-dual meet against Tulane and North Texas.
Arkansas opened the meet with a strong one-two finish in the 200 medley relay to set the tone for the meet. The relay team of sophomore Shana Lim, sophomore Nikki Daniels, sophomore Susanna White and freshman Nina Drolc picked up their fifth 200 medley win of the year, clocking the winning time of 1:42.83. Lim led things off with a speedy 25.82 split in the backstroke, giving Arkansas the lead from the get-go. All three of the remaining swimmers clocked the fastest times in their respective leg to complete the victory.
The breaststroke duo of Daniels and sophomore Julia Banach recorded a one-two finish in the 100 breaststroke with times of 1:03.54 and 1:03.67 respectively. It was Banach who led with a 30.28 split on the first leg with Daniels just .13 behind, but Daniels made up some ground with strongest closing 50 of the race, clocking a time of 33.13 to take the win.
The strong start left Arkansas leading 94-37 after the first seven events with the Razorbacks recording the win in each event.
Kesha Naylor captured another first-place finish on the three-meter board with a score of 315. Freshman Hannah Bortnick grabbed second-place with a 204.05 and sophomore Meghan Clark picked up a fourth-place finish with a score of 261.83 to score for Arkansas.
The Razorbacks swept the first 12 events and the 100 butterfly was underway. After the first leg, Kansas had a clear lead, but Shana Lim came from behind on the final 25 years to overtake Kansas’ Deanna Marks with a time of 56.51 and keep the potential for a 16-event sweep alive. It was the first time Lim competed in the 100 fly this season.
With just three events remaining, Arkansas held a 176-66 lead over Kansas. Only the 200 individual medley, 200 free relay and one-meter diving stood in Arkansas’ way of taking first in each event.
Naylor and freshman Shelby Bartlett stepped up with a one-two performance on the one-meter board, as Naylor recorded a 280.42 and Bartlett a 257.25.
"It was really excited about our consistency today,” head diving coach Dale Schultz said. “Obviously Kesha and Hannah did well on the three-meter and then Shelby and Kesha had an outstanding one-meter performance. Our goal is to be more consistent and I think we did that today. We are continuing to work on our consistency to be able to help the team at SECs.”
In the 200 individual medley it appeared as if the Razorbacks could be in trouble, but junior Julia Kucherich nabbed the fastest breaststroke split of the race (36.88) in the third leg, catching up with Kansas’ Brooke Brull to position herself nicely for the final leg and take the win with a time of 2:05.80.
Arkansas didn’t disappoint in the final race, taking the top time in the 200 free relay (1:34.01). The relay team of White, Drolc, Monroe and Lim grabbed the lead from the first leg with a 23.67 split from White and the rest of the Razorback quartet never surrendered it.
“Coming into today it was about being aggressive, having good race strategies, being focused and how that’s going to set us up going into SECs,” Schimmel said.
Arkansas returns to the pool Feb. 19th for the first of the five day Southeastern Conference Championships, which will be held in College Station, Texas and hosted by the Texas A&M Aggies.
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Kentucky Overpowers Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Kentucky swimming and diving dominated Cincinnati in the final dual meet of the season in preparation for the Southeastern Conference Championships. Both the men’s and women’s teams came away with their second dual-meet victories of the season. The women finished 158-116, while the men earned a 152-115 win.
“It was a nice win for both teams,” said UK swimming head coach Gary Conelly. “We had some great swims from Chris Lott, Sam Shaheen, Jon Bullock and Laura Dawson. We did a good job racing enabling us to win all the men's event and only losing the 50 and 500-freestyle events.
“I would like to have seen a little more intensity from more of the team, but overall I'm pretty happy with where we are going heading into the SEC Championships.”
Due to the layout of Cincinnati’s facilities, each team completed all four diving events before any swimming took place. Despite what UK head coach Ted Hautau described as a tough venue due to many circumstances, the Kentucky divers continued their impressive season with four more individual victories.
Missing All-SEC diver Greg Ferrucci, the men got an impressive and career day from junior Zack Peterson. Senior Corey Cowger stole the show last week on senior day, but it was Peterson who stepped up in Ferrucci’s absence Saturday afternoon.
Peterson took first place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards against the Bearcats in his best meet as Wildcat. On the 1-meter, Peterson finished with a 300.37, and on the 3-meter board, he finished with a 328.87.
It was the first time that he had swept both diving events in his collegiate career.
“Zack Peterson had his best meet of the season in the most challenging pool we’ve dived in this year,” said Hautau. “Two well deserved wins for him.”
For the women, freshman Rebecca Hamperian and sophomore Sarah Chewning led the way on the 1-meter board. Hamperian’s score of 296.92 captured first place, while Chewning’s 272.92 was good for second. On the 3-meter, it was Hamperian victorious yet again with a winning score of 282.97, while sophomore Lindsay Keahey earned second with a 253.2.
As dominant as the divers were, the swimmers were every bit as impressive on both sides.
Combined, UK had 17 victories including 15 individual victories on the day after taking the first two 400-medley relay events to get the day started. Add the four diving victories and UK laid claim to 21 of the day’s 30 total events. The only individual events they lost on the day were the women’s 50-freestyle and both the men’s and women’s 500-freestyle events.
On the women’s side, Kentucky received huge contributions from sophomore Sam Shaheen and freshman Laura Dawson.
Shaheen earned multiple victories on the day. The breaststroke specialist helped UK start off the day with a victory in the 400-medley relay swimming the second leg and helping UK to the winning time of 3:50.60. She went on to win both the 100-breaststroke (1:04.58) and 200-breaststroke (2:22.73) for her second and third victories on the day.
After her career day against Louisville, Dawson carried her momentum into the pool against Cincinnati. Swimming almost exclusively in the backstroke this season, Dawson was put in the butterfly lineup on Saturday. The freshman didn’t disappoint and picked up two victories on the day. The first came in the 200-butterfly event where she finished with a 2:03.51. The second came in the 100-butterfly where she tapped in at 56.56.
UK’s women also picked up individual victories from four additional Wildcats. Megan Eppler won the 100-freestyle (51.15) and Abby Myers took the 200-freestyle (1:52.73). Kate Jones earned her first individual victory of the season with a win in the 100-backstroke (58.60) and Frida Jakobsson also picked up her first win when she touched the wall with a winning time of 2:06.06.
Kentucky men also got individual victories from six different Wildcats. Chris Lott was a freestyle ace for UK, first winning the 100-freestyle (46.19) and then took the 50-freestyle (20.92).
Lucas Gerotto picked up a win in the 100-backstroke (51.51). John Bullock earned first place in the 200-freestyle. George Greenhalgh earned a winning time of 57.39 in the 100-breaststroke. Matt Roman was victorious in the 200-butterfly (1:53.19). And Zachary Zandona picked up his first-career victory of the winning the 200-backstroke (1:52.42).
With the Wildcats concluding their regular-season slate, they will focus the next two weeks on preparing for the SEC Championships at College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M. The Championships are a five-day event that gets started Feb. 19. at the Texas A&M Student Rec Center Natatorium at 6:30 p.m ET.
INJURY REPORT: Sophomore diver Lindsay Keahey suffered a hand injury while competing in the 1-meter event. X-rays came back negative for broken bones. She was diagnosed with a bone bruise. Her training will be limited, but Hautau believes she should be able to return for the SEC Championships.
Georgia Sweeps Double Meet over Alabama and South Carolina
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Georgia's swimming and diving teams swept a double dual meet against Alabama and South Carolina on Saturday, giving Coach Jack Bauerle another milestone in his already-storied career.
The Bulldogs (7-3, 3-2 SEC) knocked off South Carolina 209-85 and Alabama 205-93, boosting Bauerle to his 200th and 201st victories at Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs (10-1, 5-1) topped Alabama 219-79 and South Carolina 203-96. Bauerle is now 201-87-1 in 30 years with the Bulldogs and 287-33-1 in 34 years piloting the Lady Bulldogs.
"To reach 200 wins with the men means so much to me," Bauerle said. "It's an accomplishment that I share with so many people, especially our swimmers and divers, coaching staff and support staff from throughout the years. There's no way my name is attached to something like this without those people, so I proudly share it with all of them.
"I thought the kids did a good job today. We raced hard. It was not spectacular, but it was very effective. I'm proud of them because they had a real sense of focus."
Ty Stewart and Chase Kalisz were double winners for the Bulldogs. Stewart claimed the 100 backstroke in 49.52 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:04.18. Kalisz won the 200 butterfly in 1:47.63 and the 200 individual medley in 1:47.26.
Other winners for the Bulldogs included Matt Ellis in the 50 freestyle (20.72), Jameson Hill in the 200 freestyle (1:38.79), Matias Koski in the 500 freestyle (4:28.06), Will Freeman in the 1,000 freestyle (9:11.63), Jared Markham in the 200 backstroke (1:49.06), Nic Fink in the 100 breaststroke (56.25), and Yousef Alaskari and Doug Reynolds in the 100 butterfly (48.90).
Georgia won both relays. Luke Upchurch, Fink, Reynolds and Ellis claimed the 200 medley relay in 1:30.88, while Hill, Ellis, Reynolds and Koski won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:01.45.
Hali Flickinger paced the Lady Bulldogs with three wins: the 100 breaststroke in 56.06, the 100 butterfly in 55.63 and the 200 individual medley in 2:02.43. Double winners included Laura Ryan on 1-meter springboard (304.15) and 3-meter springboard (344.90) and Megan Romano in the 50 freestyle (23.02) and 200 freestyle (1:48.58).
Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs included Amber McDermott in the 500 freestyle (4:53.92), Jordan Mattern in the 1,000 freestyle, Annie Zhu in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.95) and Courtney Peters in the 200 butterfly (2:02.14).
The Lady Bulldogs also swept the relays. Kelsey Gaid, Zhu, Lauren Harrington and Jessica Graber took the 200 medley relay in 1:41.72, while Gaid, Brittany MacLean, Harrington and Romano stopped the clock in 3:23.59 to win the 400 freestyle relay.
Georgia's teams will return to action Feb. 19-23 in the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas.
Gamecock Women Defeat Alabama for Moody's 100th Career Win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The South Carolina women's swimming and diving team pulled out a thrilling 162-148 victory over Alabama on Saturday at the Alabama Aquatic Center, giving head coach McGee Moody his 100th career victory.
In the other three matchups, the Gamecocks lost to both Georgia squads and dropped a 157-143 decision to the Alabama men.
The Gamecocks trailed Alabama by two heading into the final two women's events but they closed out the meet in strong fashion. Juniors Rachael Schaffer and Abby Galbreath finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 200 IM, which was ahead of all the Alabama swimmers. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Gamecocks secured the victory with a fourth-place finish in 3:29.19, while the Crimson Tide placed fifth in the event with a time of 3:29.78. South Carolina outscored Alabama 26-10 down the stretch to capture Moody's milestone win.
"We've had a lot of kids that swam for us not only at South Carolina but at my previous head coaching position at William & Mary," said Moody, who now has a 100-94 career record. "They've all been great kids and have all worked very hard. The 100th win is a great thing and fun to talk about, but at the same time we were hoping to come out a little bit better today."
With the split, the South Carolina women wrap up the regular season at 6-7 overall and 1-4 in the SEC. On the men's side, the Gamecocks finish the year with a 6-6 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the conference.
On the afternoon, South Carolina won five individual events. Sophomore diver Cole Miller captured two of those wins for the Gamecocks as he swept the men's boards. Miller ran away with the men's one-meter competition with a score of 338.00, winning by 56.05 points. On the men's three-meter board, Miller placed first with a score of 337.05.
Sophomore Patricia Kranz finished third on both the women's boards as she posted a score of 283.90 in the one-meter competition and 310.75 in the three-meter competition.
Senior Matea Peteh swam to a victory in the women's 100 freestyle with a time of 49.77, which is a personal record and the fourth fastest time in school history.
Freshman Alicia Cheripka posted a PR in the women's 200 backstroke as she placed first with a mark of 2:00.98, which ranks eighth all-time in school history.
Junior Amanda Rutqvist recorded the final win in the pool for the Gamecocks as she captured the 200 breaststroke with a NCAA B cut of 2:15.37.
The Gamecocks will now begin to taper in preparation for the SEC Championships, which will be held Feb. 19-23 in College Station, Texas.
Vanderbilt Wins Home Finale Over UALR
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt used a team effort to swim past Arkansas-Little Rock, 145-86, in the 2012-13 home finale at the Centennial Sportsplex Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Commodores are now 3-5 overall, while the Trojans fall to 3-3 on the season. Vanderbilt won all but two events on the day.
The Commodores opened the meet with a win in the 400 yard medley relay. Chrissy Oberg, Elly Faulkner, Lauren Torres and Caroline Thomas combined to bring home the win (3:55.78).
Each member of the relay team would go on to win an individual race as well.
Oberg won the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.59. Faulkner recorded another win, giving her four individual wins in her last three meets. She won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.06, just edging out fellow Commodore, (Lauren) Torres.
Torres won the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.38, while Thomas finished with two individual wins. Thomas won the 100 backstroke (58.73) and 200 backstroke (2:07.83).
Senior Erika Deardorf, who was one of six seniors swimming in their final home meet as a Commodore, won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:26.70 and 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:30.97.
Another senior, Saray Lynch, also went out with a win, as she won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.56).
Alyxandra Vernon was able to just hold off Arkansas-Little Rock’s Natalie Swindle to win the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:10.66. Hannah Martin rounded out the meet with two wins of her own. She won the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:11.43 and the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.67.
Vanderbilt travels to College Station, Texas, for the 2013 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 19-23. Texas A&M is the host school in its first season as a member of the SEC.
Texas A&M Downs Houston
COLLEGE STATION-The Texas A&M women's swimming and diving team closed out its regular season with a 173-110 dual meet win against the University of Houston at the Student Recreation Center on Saturday.
The Aggies began the meet honoring the eight graduating seniors, Meagan Hairston, Jordan King, Maureen McLaine, Liz Nelson, Christine Regone, Jaclin Rehring, Tess Simpson, and Rebecca St. Germain.
"I'm so pleased with the seniors," said head coach Steve Bultman. "This group really epitomizes hard work, and has set goals for themselves and the team."
Leading the way for the team with multiple wins were sophomore Sarah Henry, junior Olympians Cammile Adams and Breeja Larson, and senior diver Rebecca St. Germain. Henry won the 200 free in 1:48.19 and then the 400 I.M. in 4:14.28. Adams started off with her best event, the 200 fly finishing in 1:56.71 and then took down the 500 free in 4:49.63. Larson won the 50 free in 23.77 then moved on to the 200 breast to win with a time of 2:10.62. Finally, St. Germain swept the dives winning the 1-meter with a score of 283.88 and the 3-meter with 302.10.
Winning the 400 medley relay in 3:40.05 was the foursome of junior Paige Miller, Larson, junior Caroline McElhany, and sophomore Liliana Ibanez. From there the individual wins came from junior Melanie McClure in the 1000 free in 10:14.77, Miller in the 100 back in 54.97, freshman Ashley McGregor in the 100 breast in 1:03.46, Ibanez in the 100 free in 50.68, senior Tess Simpson in the 200 back in 1:59.70, and McElhany in the 100 fly in 55.01. The Aggies closed out the meet with the foursome of of Ibanez, McElhany, Claire Brandt, and Allyson Sweeney winning the 200 free relay in 1:34.62.
The Aggies improved to 9-1 and will have two weeks to rest and prepare for the SEC Championships which will be held in College Station at the Student Recreation Center from Feb. 19-23.
Mizzou Wraps Up Tiger Invite
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou men's and women's swimming teams concluded competition at the two-day Tiger Invite Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The meet is the Tigers' final tune-up until the Southeastern Conference Championships, Feb. 19-23, in College Station, Texas.
Sophomore Danielle Spradlin got the Tigers started with a swim of 4:23.67 in the women's 400 IM to finish first in the event. On the men's side, sophomore Mack Darragh claimed first place as he clocked a time of 3:54.98.
In the women's 200 free, senior Ashley Paterson placed first with a season best time of 1:50.19, just ahead of freshman Anna Patterson, who clocked a 1:50.34. Senior Cassie Cunningham was third in 1:50.41.
Sophomore Eegan Groome posted a first-place finish in the men's 200 free as he swam a 1:38.70, just ahead of sophomore Alex Glogoza (1:39.14) and Andrew Phillips (1:39.17).
In the women's 100 breast, freshman Lauren Stoeckle took top honors with a time of 1:02.99, which was a season best. Senior Rachel Ripley finished in second in 1:03.71. On the men's side, sophomore Igor Kozlovskij was the top finisher with a time of 54.55, ahead of classmate Sam Tierney, who swam a 54.95.
Sophomore Danielle Barbiea continued her strong meet with a season best and NCAA `B' time of 53.97 in the women's 100 back. Senior Ryan Sellers finished first on the men's side with a swim of 49.53, while senior John Higgins was second in 50.25.
Mizzou had a pair of second-place finishers in the 1650 free in the afternoon. Paterson posted a time of 17:18.78 on the women's side, while senior Eric Blue swam the event in 16:20.80.
The Tigers kicked off the evening session with the 200 back, where Cunningham posted an NCAA'B' qualifying time of 1:58.35. Junior Andrea Marko placed second in the event in 2:03.64.
Tierney also clocked an NCAA `B' time in the men's 200 back with a 1:46.03, a time that also places him fifth all-time at Mizzou in the event. Senior John Higgins came in second with a time of 1:46.93.
Barbiea also claimed first in the women's 100 free in a time of 49.98, a season best, ahead of senior Sydney Schaefer, who swam a 50.86. Freshman Max Grodecki earned a first place finish in the men's 100 free with a swim of 45.31, while Groome was second with a time of 45.64.
Senior Amanda Masters took top honors in the 200 breast with a time of 2:12.67, a time that was an NCAA `B' qualifying time and a season best by more than four seconds. On the men's side, Tierney earned first place with a swim of 1:57.46, while Kozlovskij was second in 1:59.08.
In the women's 200 fly, Patterson posted a season best swim of 1:58.96 to finish in first place, while senior Dominique Bouchard also had a season best time of 2:00.11 for second place.
In the final event of the evening, sophomore Mack Darragh beat out Phillips to take first in the men's 200 fly. Darragh clocked a 1:47.61, ahead of Phillips, who finished in 1:48.32.
The Tigers are idle until the SEC Championships Feb. 19-23 in College Station, Texas.