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Razorbacks Post Sixth Record-Breaking Swim On Night Four

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ATHENS, Ga. – The Arkansas swimming and diving team had its sixth record-breaking swim of the 2014 SEC Championships in the 400-yard medley relay on the fourth evening of competition on Friday. The championships, held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., had an announced attendance of 1,341 on Friday evening. Arkansas also swam in two individual finals events, including junior Nikki Daniels’ performance in the A final of the 100 breaststroke. 

“I’m pretty happy about how a lot of the people are performing and getting those best times and those records,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “We’ve still got a lot of swimming left to do tomorrow, so we’re looking forward to that. The night was highlighted with that team record. Whenever that happens, four women coming together and breaking records, that’s just awesome. Nikki’s A final swim and Anna backing that up with her points in the 100 backstroke was a pretty good day for us. We’re looking for tomorrow to be our best day yet.”

Daniels (Wichita, Kan.) was the first swimmer from the Razorback contingency to compete in an A final. Daniels had a season-best morning preliminary swim to punch her ticket to the A final. She finished seventh overall in the event with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:00.18. 

Sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas) represented Arkansas in the B final of the 100 backstroke. Mayfield swam an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 53.84, tied for the fourth-fastest time in program history. 

Mayfield and Daniels both turned around from their finals events to contribute to a record-breaking swim in the 400 medley relay. The pair combined with butterfly specialist junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) who contributed two record-breaking swims earlier this week, and freestyle specialist sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.), who has earned personal-best times in all three of her swims during the championships. The team finished in fifth place with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 3:35.29 to claim the Arkansas record. 

Arkansas finished day four in ninth place after the fourth finals session with a total of 373 points.

The team returns to action Saturday morning with competitors in six events. 

White, Monroe, senior Shelby Cox (Little Rock, Ark.), and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) are all scheduled to swim in the 100 freestyle. The 200 backstroke slates Mayfield and freshman Sarah Easterling (Cumberland, Maine). The 200 breaststroke participants include Daniels, sophomore Erika McGovern (Tulsa, Okla.), and freshmen Mary Margaret Soderberg (San Antonio, Texas) and Katie Kearbey (Nevada, Mo.). The 1,650 freestyle is scheduled to include Menzel, Kucherich, Jordan, Stoehr, and freshmen Aiden Lister (Toowoomba, Australia) and Leia Bates (San Antonio, Texas). Arkansas will also have a 400 freestyle relay team competing in the finals Saturday evening. 

Diving returns to the boards on Saturday with the women’s platform diving event. Senior Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada) and sophomores Shelby Bartlett (Noblesville, Ind.) and Hannah Bortnick (Mission Hills, Kan.) will be representing the Razorbacks.

Swimming prelims begin at 9 a.m. CT and diving prelims begin at noon. Finals will begin at 5 p.m. 

Live streaming of the finals session will be available beginning at 5 p.m. on ESPN3 by clicking here. A 90-minute highlight show of the women’s competition will air on ESPNU on March 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Click here to access Championship Central and click here to access live results.

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

100 Backstroke (Finals)
13th – Anna Mayfield (53.84) *B

100 Breaststroke (Finals)
7th – Nikki Daniels (1:00.18) B

400 Medley Relay (Finals)
5th – Mayfield, Daniels, White, Monroe (3:35.29) @B

B - NCAA ‘B’ time
*  - Arkansas top-five time
@ - Arkansas record

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