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Swimming and Diving Fall Wrap up

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FAYETTEVILLE - The No. 25 University of Arkansas swimming and diving team had an eventful fall season that culminated in a No. 25 national ranking and a second-place finish at the Houston Cougar Swimming and Diving Invitational. The Razorbacks made their presence known this fall season, falling to just a pair of opponents, No. 2 Georgia and No. 4 Texas A&M. Arkansas concludes the fall season with a 3-1 dual meet record and a 2-1 SEC mark with conference dual-meet wins over Missouri and Kentucky in head coach Sean Schimmel’s first season.

Record-breaking fall season

The season was also highlighted with the breaking of six school-records, one record falling multiple times at the hand of redshirt sophomore Shana Lim, as she took down the 100 backstroke record three times this fall.

Six school records list:

100 Backstroke
Shana Lim (53.66)

200 Backstroke
Anna Mayfield (1:55.18)

100 Breaststroke
Nikki Daniels (1:00.12)

200 Medley Relay
Lim, Daniels, White, Drolc (1:39.08)

400 Medley Relay
Lim, Daniels, White, Drolc (3:37.21)

400 Freestyle Relay
Drolc, Monroe, Mayfield, White (3:19.56)

Razorbacks honored by the SEC

Individually, two Razorbacks were honored by the Southeastern Conference for their performances in the pool as Nina Drolc (Oct. 30) and Anna Mayfield (Nov. 18) were both named Freshmen of the Week.

Drolc was named the Freshman of the Week for her performance in the triple-dual meet against Missouri, Kentucky and Southern Illinois. The Razorbacks swept all three opponents as Drolc tallied three event wins (100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay).

Mayfield had a banner weekend at the Houston Cougar swimming and diving invitational, which was highlighted by her record-breaking swim in the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:55.18.Mayfield also teamed with, Drolc, Maddie Monroe and Susanna White to break the nine-year old Arkansas 400 freestyle relay record. The freshman swam the third leg of the race and recorded the second-fastest split of the group with a time of 49.67. The record time of 3:19.56 currently ranks 17th nationally.

Naylor records first big invitational win

Junior Kesha Naylor strung together a series of standout performances in Houston to lead the Razorbacks on the boards. However it was her platform performance that really took the cake. The Sasketchewan, Canada native took first-place, beating out 37 other competitors with a final score 276.00. The total was also the fifth-best score in school history. It was Naylor’s first event win at a large invitational.

Daniels among the nation’s best

Daniels had a breakout fall season. The sophomore recorded a school-record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.12, which currently ranks 12th nationally and third in the SEC. Daniels also clocked a time of 2:10.73 in the 200 breaststroke, which ranks 15th nationally.

Relay success

So far this season the Razorbacks have teamed up to break three school relay records. Their 200 medley (1:39.08) and 400 medley relay (3:37.21) times both rank 14th in the nation. Arkansas’ time of 3:19.56 in the 400 freestyle relay ranks 17th in the nation and fifth in the SEC.

Razorbacks in the national rankings

The Razorbacks kicked off the 2012-13 season ranked No. 21 in the first regular- season rankings release of the season. Arkansas has maintained a spot in the ranks throughout the fall season, as they currently hold the No. 25 slot.

Razorback Relays

The Razorbacks kicked off the season at home, winning the first annual Razorback Relays with a score of 526 points, defeating Vanderbilt, North Texas, SMU and Missouri State. The Razorbacks finished the relays with nine event wins out of 12 in the first meet of Schimmel’s tenure.

Razorbacks vs. Georgia

In one of their toughest tests of the season, the Razorbacks took on the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in their first dual meet of the season. Arkansas fell in their annual Swim for the Cure meet by a score of 187-113. Despite the loss the Razorbacks had many highlights, including Lim’s school record in the 100 backstroke, 54.95.

Razorbacks sweep opponents in triple-dual meet

The Razorbacks traveled to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri, Kentucky and Southern Illinois in a triple-dual meet. Arkansas swept their three opponents, tallying 10 event wins and three one-two finishes on the day. The sweep improved Arkansas to a 3-1 overall record in dual meets and a 2-1 SEC record.

Razorbacks place second in Houston

In their final meet of the fall season, the team traveled to Houston, Texas, to take on 14 other schools at the Houston Cougar Swimming and Diving Invitational. While in Houston, the Razorbacks strung together six school record-breaking swims en route to a second-place finish in Houston. Arkansas scored 699.50 points, defeating No. 17 LSU by 249 points, as only No. 4 Texas A&M finished the invitational with more points. The Razorbacks also defeated 12 other schools.

Razorbacks in Puerto Rico

The Razorbacks spent some time over their holiday break in Puerto Rico as a part of their winter training trip from. The team competed against the University of Chicago while training in Puerto Rico. The training trip was put in place to further prepare the team for the back end of the season.

Razorbacks back at home

The Razorbacks return to the pool on Jan. 12 when they face Penn State and Missouri State in a double-dual meet at the Arkansas Natatorium. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. and will serve as Senior Day.

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