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Razorbacks Prepare To Dive In At NCAAs

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FAYETTEVILLE – Seven swimmers are set to represent the University of Arkansas at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., from March 20-22. Seven qualifiers ties the program record for number of women sent to NCAAs set last season, and swimmers will participate in a record 13 different events with a record 14 opportunities to score. 

Senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) will be participating in her third NCAA Championships. In 2012, Menzel finished 25th in the 1,650-yard freestyle and improved her time in 2013 to place 19th. She also swam in the 500 freestyle last season. Returning to her specialty in distance swimming for a final season, Menzel will swim in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle. Menzel currently holds the 28th-fastest time in the 1,650 freestyle in the country. 

Junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.) earned All-America honors last year during her first trip to NCAAs by placing fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Daniels will appear in the 100 and 200 breaststroke this year. Daniels currently holds the 18th-best time in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, nationally. 

Junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) was a member of the 200 medley relay team last season that clocked Arkansas’ first ever NCAA ‘A’ cut in a relay. White swam on four different relay squads last year at the NCAA Championships. This year, White will swim in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Currently, White is tied for the 27th-fastest 50 freestyle time in the nation. 

Sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas) attended the NCAA Championships last season and contributed to three different relay events. She will compete in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle this year. Mayfield currently holds the 24th-fastest time in the country in the 200 backstroke and the 34th-fastest 500 freestyle. She also holds the 38th-fastest 100 freestyle and the 41st-fastest 100 butterfly times. 

Additionally, Arkansas will participate in four relays to include the 400 freestyle relay, the 800 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. 

The Arkansas 400 freestyle relay team of White, Mayfield and sophomores Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) and Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) swam an automatic-qualification time of 3:16.16 at the 2014 SEC Championships. The swim was a program record and marked the second NCAA ‘A’ relay cut in Arkansas history.  White, Mayfield and Drolc each served as members of at least three relay teams last season at NCAAs. Monroe will be making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships. 

Junior Lauren Jordan (Carmel, Ind.) will round out Arkansas’ contingency at the NCAA Championships as an alternate on the relay squads. Last season, Jordan earned All-America honors by finishing 9th in the 1,650 freestyle. This will mark her second consecutive appearance at the NCAAs. 

Last year, the Razorbacks placed 26th at the NCAA Championships with a total of 24 points. The finish was the team’s best since 1990.

The Razorbacks will compete in the 500 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 400 medley relay during the first day of competition Thursday. A live stream will be available here during competition and live results will be available here. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Championship Central can be accessed here

For more information on Arkansas swimming and diving, follow @RazorbackSwim on Twitter.

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