FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team will return to its home pool on Saturday at noon to face Clemson and Rice in a double-dual meet. The meet marks the first of the final two meets hosted at the Arkansas Natatorium this season.
So far this season, the Razorbacks have accrued a 5-1 dual meet record (2-1 SEC). Arkansas began the fall by taking first place at the North Texas Relay Invitational, and then recording four dual-meet wins at North Texas, at LSU, at Missouri State and against Nebraska.
The team also accomplished a major victory to end the fall semester with a win at the Mizzou Invitational in Columbia, Mo., earning 809 points, 111 points more than second-place Utah and 112 points more than SEC opponent Missouri.
Most recently, Arkansas posted a win over Kentucky and fell to Alabama in a double-dual meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Jan. 11. Standout performances included event wins by sophomore Anna Mayfield
(San Antonio, Texas) in the 200-yard backstroke and by senior Kesha Naylor
(Saskatchewan, Canada) on the three-meter springboard. Junior Nikki Daniels
(Wichita, Kan.) earned a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with NCAA ‘B’ cut times of 1:02.03 and 2:15.52, respectively.
Clemson’s diving program is 7-1 in dual meets this season. The team’s last competition was held on Jan. 18 when Clemson hosted the College of Charleston and Western Kentucky. Five of Clemson’s divers earned NCAA zone qualifying scores at that meet, with three earning qualifying marks for the first time.
Rice’s swimming program is 2-2 in dual meets this season. The team’s last outing was on Dec. 20 in College Station, Texas, against then-No.1 Texas A&M. Rice’s best performance was a win in the 400 freestyle relay, the final event of the meet. Ultimately, the Owls fell to the Aggies 157-96.
Live stats for the meet will be available here
and a live stream of the meet will be available here
Admission to the meet is free, and all attendees will be able to participate in a raffle at the door to win two tickets to the men’s basketball game against Auburn at Bud Walton Arena at 5 p.m.
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