Alabama closes out the regular season in Athens, Ga., site of the 2014 SEC Championships, against Georgia on Saturday, at 11 a.m. ET.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 23 Razorback swimming and diving team (7-1, 2-1 SEC) defeated Rice 207-86 and Clemson 230-19 in a double-dual meet at the Arkansas Natatorium on Jan. 25. The meet was highlighted by Razorback wins in 14 events, including the first NCAA zone qualification scores for two Arkansas divers.
“We hadn’t been home for a while, and they came together and swam tough right from the beginning,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “They stayed sharp all the way through it. We had some great diving going on as well. A couple girls qualified for zones, which we hadn’t had before. I think for right now on Jan. 25 we’re in a really good spot.”
Junior Meghan Clark (Frisco, Texas) won the three-meter diving event with a score of 297.90. Sophomore Hannah Bortnick (Mission Hills, Kan.) placed second with a score of 291.68. Both scores are the first NCAA zone qualifying scores for the divers.
The swimming portion of the meet began with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. Arkansas’ relay team of sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.), junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) finished the race in 1:42.36.
Arkansas continued to display mastery of distance swimming with a sweep of the 1,000 freestyle led by senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) with a time of 10:05.87. She was followed by freshman Aiden Lister (Toowoomba, Australia) in second place in 10.06.16 and senior Julia Kucherich (York, Pa.) placed third in 10:10.32. The 500 freestyle was dominated by junior Lauren Jordan (Carmel, Ind.) with a winning time of 4:57.62.
Arkansas also swept the 200 backstroke. Mayfield won the event in 2:00.27, followed by Jordan in second in 2:03.22 and freshman Sarah Easterling (Cumberland, Maine) in third in 2:06.58. Mayfield also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.57.
Daniels posted wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:02.51 and 2:17.37, respectively. White also won two individual events, claiming the 50 freestyle in 23.25 and the 100 butterfly in 54.74.
Freshman Katie Kearbey (Nevada, Mo.) won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.75. Kucherich won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:26.19, and Drolc won the 100 freestyle in 51.31.
Arkansas closed the meet with a win by White, Drolc, Mayfield and sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:28.85.
The Razorbacks will return to the Arkansas Natatorium on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. to host Kansas and Vanderbilt in a double-dual meet. The meet will be the last home meet of the season and will serve as Senior Day. A special presentation of the seniors will preface the races. Admission is free.
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UK Diving Sweeps Cards as Cats Fall on the Road to Top-13 Teams
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Kentucky divers claimed the top two scores in all four events, including three events where the Wildcats swept the field, as UK suffered a defeat at No. 7/13 Louisville Saturday afternoon.
Wins in three of the first four events for the women gave UK a lead early over the 13th-ranked Cardinal, and helped set up a closely-scored meet halfway through the competition. The Wildcats were unable to hang on for the upset and lost 193-107. The men fell by a final score of 212.5-87.5 to the Cardinals, ranked seventh nationally.
“The women’s race was very competitive for a while,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. “We had a couple of really close races that we lost. Overall, I thought the women competed well. We’ve made some progress, but we raced a really good team. They have a great men’s team as well, they performed well against us, but I thought some of our guys competed pretty well.”
Junior Christa Cabot won both the 1- and 3-meter dive, while fellow junior Lindsay Keahey placed second in both events to round out UK’s scoring. On the men’s side, seniors Greg Ferrucci and John Fox won the 1- and 3-meter, respectively. Fox placed second in the 1-meter, while senior Zack Peterson was second in the 3-meter. The Wildcats also claimed third and fourth place in the 1-meter to sweep the competition.
Along with four diving wins, freshman Kelly Berger won the 1,000 yard freestyle and senior Kristen Wilson claimed victory in the 200 yard freestyle. Berger added a second-place finish, while Wilson finished third in three additional races.
“Wilson and Berger were great for us today. Kristen in the 200 just put her hand on the wall first, she trains hard and does a good job for us. Kelly is an emerging freshman, but is a really good swimmer and has really improved a lot since she got to Kentucky.”
The Wildcats host their final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. ET against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center. The senior day meet marks the end of the regular season for Kentucky before the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championship competitions.
“It’s going to be fun,” Jorgensen said of Saturday’s home finale. “It’ll be nice to be back at home and recognize our seniors, who have given a lot to this program. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to race another good team as we prepare for the postseason.”
Cabot and Keahey got UK off to a great start on the 1-meter event. Cabot claimed first with a 304.95, while Keahey was right behind in second with a 255.75. The one-two finish gave the UK women a lead heading into the first swimming event.
The male divers also got the Wildcats off to a good start with a sweep of the top four spots in the 1-meter springboard. Ferrucci placed first with a 353.85, while Fox finished second with a 313.87. Not to be outdone, UK’s other two divers, Peterson and freshman Noah Richter, finished right behind their teammates in third and fourth with a 298.35 and a 276.82, respectively.
In the women’s second swimming event, the 1,000 yard freestyle, Berger finished in 9:58.23 to win by over six seconds. The only swimmer to touch the wall in less than 10 minutes, the freshman beat out a fellow first-year swimmer from U of L and teammate Kendal Casey, who finished third in 10:04.94. Casey came in just 0.34 seconds out of second place.
Wilson notched the Wildcats’ fourth win in the 200 yard freestyle. A time of 1:50.42 gave her the win in a tightly contest race that saw the top three finishers all touch the wall within 0.44 seconds. Junior Abby Myers finished third in 1:50.86.
Cabot tallied her second win of the day in the 3-meter dive. A 324.98 was good enough for the win, ahead of Keahey’s 293.40, who finished second.
UK’s final win came in the men’s 3-meter, where Fox posted a 349.81 to win the event. Peterson placed second with a 333.30, while Richter was fifth with a 275.92. Ferrucci, who hit the board on his final dive, recorded a final score of 272.17 to finish sixth.
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Mizzou Sweeps Drury to Close Dual Action
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Mizzou men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned a sweep over Drury Saturday afternoon at Breech Pool in Springfield, Mo. The Tiger men defeated the Panthers 149-92 to improve to conclude the season 6-4 in dual meets, while the women won 121-118 for a 5-6 mark.
Missouri combined for 17 event wins on the day, with the men taking 10 and the women seven. Five different Tigers won two events, including senior David Bonuchi (1-meter and 3-meter), juniors Eegan Groome (500 free and 1000 free), Andrew Phillips (200 free and 200 fly) and Sam Tierney (100 back and 200 breast) and sophomore Anna Patterson (50 free and 100 fly).
The Mizzou women opened the meet with a victory in the 400 medley relay, as the squad of junior Emily Doucette, freshman Katharine Ross, junior Danielle Barbiea and Patterson posted a time of 3:44.63.
The Tigers posted wins in both the men's and women's 1000 free on the day. Sophomore Lauren Stoeckle earned her first career win in the event after touching in 10:32.01. Groome won the men's race in 9:27.54, followed closely behind by freshman Martin Wallace in 9:29.50.
Groome added a win in the 500 free after touching the wall in 4:32.49.
Phillips recorded his first win of the day in the 200 free after notching a time of 1:39.53. On the women's side, freshman Brittany Hammond placed second in 1:53.77.
Tierney led one-two Tiger finishes in both his wins against Drury. First the junior claimed first in the 100 back in 50.07, ahead of freshman Carter Griffin in 50.37. Then Tierney finished first in the 200 breast after a swim of 2:01.86, while Kozlovskij took second in 2:01.91.
Sophomore Daniel Graviss led Missouri to a top three sweep in the men's 400 IM. Graviss touched first in 3:58.88, while junior Igor Kozlovskij was second in 3:59.20 and junior Mack Darragh third in 4:01.90. Junior Danielle Spradlin took second in the women's race after a swim of 4:28.74, just 0.01 ahead of freshman Ellie Suek (4:28.75).
Mizzou junior Lauren Callin and sophomore Lauren Reedy split the women's diving events. Callin placed first on the 3-meter after a score of 292.58, ahead of Reedy's 282.82. Reedy took first on the 1-meter with 312.00, while Callin was second with 284.32.
In the women's 100 fly, Patterson claimed top honors with a time of 56.75. She added another win in the 50 free after a time of 23.65.
Phillips notched his second win of the meet in the 200 fly after easily beating the field in a time of 1:48.06.
Missouri also recorded a sweep of both 100 free events. On the women's side, Barbiea placed first with a swim of 51.84, while sophomore Max Grodecki won the men's race in 45.79.
In the diving well, the Tigers won all four events on the day. Bonuchi swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with scores of 371.77 and 407.52, respectively. Sophomore Clark Thomas was second on the 1-meter with a score of 349.72. Missouri returns to the pool for the two-day Tiger Invite, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
Vandy wins two of three head-to-heads at Western Kentucky
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Vanderbilt swim team wrapped up action at Western Kentucky, Saturday, winning two out of the three head-to-head match ups. The Commodores defeated Marshall and Cumberland, and fell to the WKU.
Vanderbilt won three of the first five events on Saturday, starting with a first place finish in the 400-yard medley relay team. Chrissy Oberg, Elly Faulkner, Kayla Moran and Hannah Martin touched the wall with a time of 3:53.05, just .4 seconds ahead of WKU's A team.
Freshmen Alexandra Blankenburg and Moran each picked up individual wins over the next four events. Blankenburg took first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:31.05, more than five seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Moran took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.10, classmate Rachel Koch came in third place with a time of 58.78.
The Commodores had multiple second place finishes in Caroline Thomas (100 free), Oberg (200 back), Carrie Bencic (500 free), Elly Faulkner (200 breast) and the 200-yard free relay team.
Vanderbilt will be back in action next weekend, with two consecutive meets on Friday and Saturday. The `Dores take on Arkansas-Little Rock Friday evening before heading to the University of Arkansas on Saturday for a tri-meet with the Razorbacks and the Kansas Jayhawks.