Arkansas Wins Dual Meet with LSU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team won its first SEC dual meet against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday 180-120. The team collected wins in 13 of 16 events and recorded its 12th consecutive dual meet win.
"I think what we wanted to do was let the work show up, from what we’ve been working on deck, on the boards to more specifically building as a team," head coach Sean Schimmel said. "It was a really exciting day for Arkansas swimming and diving."
Arkansas got off to a successful start, sweeping the first five events of the meet.
Sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.), junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) claimed first in the 200 medley relay in 1:40.75.
Arkansas took the top three finishes in the 1,000 freestyle, led by senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) in 10:14.14. Menzel was followed by senior Julia Kucherich (York, Pa.) in 10:16.81 and freshman Leia Bates (San Antonio, Texas) in 10:24.48.
Junior Lauren Jordan (Carmel, Ind.) out-touched LSU to win the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) placed third with a time of 1:51.08.
Mayfield finished first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.44 and also took first in the 200 backstroke in 1:59.80. She was followed by Jordan, who took second place in 2:00.34.
Daniels and junior Julia Banach (Eilat, Israel) went one and two in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Daniel’s time of 1:02.04 was good for first in the 100 breaststroke, and she was followed closely by Banach with a time of 1:04.01. In the 200 breaststroke, Daniels took first in 2:14.88, and Banach placed second in 2:15.45.
In the 200 butterfly, freshman Katie Kearbey (Nevada, Mo.) placed third in 2:05.33.
Drolc won both the 50 and 100 freestyle. In the 50 freestyle, Drolc touched the wall in the 23.20, .17 quicker than second-place LSU. She turned around to finish the 100 freestyle in 50.28, followed closely by second-place Monroe in 51.39.
Senior Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada) took second in 1-meter diving with a score of 284.10 and hit the boards again to place third in 3-meter diving with 275.40.
The Razorbacks showed their strength in distance swimming, again claiming the top spots in the 500 freestyle. Menzel led the group taking first in 4:56.82. Jordan placed second in 5:01.56 and Stoehr took third in 5:02.05.
White marked her third career win in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 54.77, and won her third event of the meet during the 200 IM in 2:01.64.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Drolc, Mayfield, Jordan and White ended the meet on a high note, placing first in 3:27.04.
"Moving forward, they’re getting some things down and gaining confidence that you get any time you win an SEC meet," Coach Schimmel said. "They did a good job today, and now it’s going through one week at a time and getting ready for our meet against Nebraska."
The Razorback swimming and diving team will return home for an 11 a.m. dual meet against Nebraska on Saturday at the Arkansas Natatorium. Admission is free to the only meet hosted by Arkansas during the fall semester.
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Florida Women See Good Results on Day One
Gainesville, Fla. - The University of Florida women's swimming and diving team (1-0, 1-0 SEC) trails California (2-0, 2-0 PAC 12) by a score of 135-108 after the first day of competition at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif. Sunday's event will begin at 9 a.m. (PT) and consist of 11 swimming events.
The matchup features two of the premier collegiate programs in the nation, with both teams accounting for four of the last five team NCAA Championships. Cal took home the team title in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the Gators captured the national championship in 2010. The Bears were last year's runner up with 393 points. Florida finished sixth at the 2013 national meet, totaling 305 points and returns nine of 11 All-Americans, including eight first-team All-Americans.
* "Our goal going into the regular season was to swim against some of the nation's top programs. Tomorrow we are going to have to be better. I think that they exposed some of our weaknesses a little bit depth wise. At the same time, I am extremely well in how we competed. We have a tough travel day coming in. We raced really well, but lost some close races that we cannot afford to lose against someone as talented as Cal. Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) had some outstanding swims. Some of our freshman, while they didn't win events, got some great exposure against some world class athletes and they raced them very well. The divers were very good tonight, which helps us a lot in the scores. Overall, it was a good day. We need to come out and be extremely good tomorrow."- Head Coach Gregg Troy
* Hinds came through with a pair of victories in the sprint events. The sophomore touched in 22.82 in the 50 free, the first time she has been under 23 seconds this season. Hinds came back out to win the 100 free in 49.67 in front of Cal's Rachael Acker.
* The Gators received a huge boost from the divers, as the Orange and Blue picked up 29 out of a possible 38 points.
* Sophomore Emily Mosher (Cincinnati, Ohio) led a 1-2-3 finish on the one-meter with a career best of 281.63. Sophomore Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.) totaled a 266.18 and sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) delivered a 261.15.
* Warner returned to win the three-meter with a score of 310.20. Mosher placed third with a total of 280.28.
* Florida showed the depth of the distance group, taking the top five spots in the 1000 freestyle.
* Senior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) led the way in 9:53.37, and was followed by freshman Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.-9:58.62), sophomore Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England- 10:01.34), freshman Autumn Finke (Clearwater, Fla.- 10:05.25) and sophomore Megan Rankin (Irvine, Calf.-10:07.33).
* Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin touched first in the 200 free (1:45.19), but sophomore Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) held off Camille Cheng by .01 to take second with a swim of 1:48.07.
* Franklin returned to the pool to win the 500 free (4:45.40), but the Gators minimized the damage by finishing second through seventh. Mathieu again tallied an impressive swim, clocking in at 4:52.15. Freshmen Taylor Katz (Sarasota, Fla.) and Valley propelled the Gators in the standings, stopping the clock at 4:53.05 and 4:53.22, respectively.
* The 200 individual medley was one of the top races of the day, with Florida senior and two-time Olympic Medalist Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) going against 2013 NCAA Champion Elizabeth Pelton and talented freshman Celina Li.
* Pelton (1:57.48) and Li (1:58.18) finished in front of Beisel (1:58.29). These three swimmers will be in the hunt for a national title in the event next spring. Beisel's time was her season best, as all three swimmers were under two minutes for the first time by anyone in the nation this year.
* Cal's Li touched first in the 200 fly (1:57.98). The Gators rallied to take nine points when Beisel placed second in 1:58.5 and Katz and fellow freshman Alyssa Yambor-Maul (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished third and fourth with times of 2:01.65 and 2:02.48, respectively.
Backs to the Wall:
* Cal's Pelton led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 backstroke. Sophomore Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) grabbed fourth in a time of 1:59.85. Russell's swim was the first time this year the 2012 Olympic finalist went under two minutes in the event.
* Cal's Marina Garcia Urzainqui won the 200 breaststroke in 2:12.97, but the Gators again showed depth by taking second and fourth. Senior and 2012 Olympian Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) registered a season low time of 2:15.63. Beisel touched in 2:16.92.
* Florida finished third in the relay events, as the three-fastest 400 medley relays of the year were posted at this meet.
* Russell led off the 400 medley relay with a 55.27 backstroke split. Luthersdottir chipped in a 1:02.54 breaststroke split, senior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) threw down a 55.36 butterfly split and Hinds anchored with the fastest freestyle leg of the field with a time of 48.66. The foursome stopped the clock in 3:41.83.
* The 200 free group of Zalewski, sophomore Ashlee Linn (Sarasota, Fla.), McKnight and senior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.) were out-touched by Cal's relay group by .03. The Gators finished in 1:34.32 as Zalewski led off with a 23.77. McKnight notched the fastest third leg of the field with a split of 23.02.
Odd Format: The swimmers are competing in 11 events each day, with the one-meter and three-meter diving events taking place on Saturday. The two-day scores will be added up to determine the overall winner. Some events will be repeated.