FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas head coach Sean Schimmel released the 2013-14 swimming and diving schedule, which features three home meets at the Arkansas Natatorium and five meets on the road.
The home meets begin on Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. when Arkansas faces Nebraska. On Jan. 25, the Razorbacks will play host to Rice and Clemson beginning at Noon. The Razorbacks round off their home meets and regular season hosting Kansas and SEC opponent Vanderbilt on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.
The season opens on the road in Denton, Texas, where the Razorbacks will participate in the North Texas Relay Invitational on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. and in a dual meet against North Texas on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. The Razorbacks will then travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face SEC opponent LSU on Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. On Nov. 9, Arkansas will face Missouri State in Springfield Mo., at 1 p.m. The Razorbacks will travel to Houston to participate in the Houston Cougar Invite scheduled for Nov. 21-23. Alabama will host both Arkansas and Kentucky on Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. in the team’s final road contest.
The championship schedule kicks off with SEC Championships held in Athens, Ga., from Feb. 18-22. The NCAA Last Chance Meet will also be held in Athens, Ga., from Feb. 28-March 2. USA Sectionals are scheduled to be held March 6-9. The NCAA Zone Diving Championships will take place March 10-13 in Twin Cities, Minn., and the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships will be held March 20-22 in Twin Cities, Minn.
Fans can enjoy an inter-squad meet on Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Arkansas Natatorium to kick off the season.
The Razorbacks will be looking to build on a successful 2012-13 season when, in head coach Sean Schimmel’s first season, they finished 26th at the NCAA Championships. The 26th-place finish was the best for the Razorbacks since 1990 when Arkansas placed 25th overall. Arkansas’ 24 points scored at the championship were the most scored by a Razorback team since 2004 when Arkansas nabbed 24 points and finished 27th overall. The Razorbacks were led by Lauren Jordan who finished ninth overall in the 1,650-yard freestyle and Nikki Daniels who placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Both women earned All-American honors. The 400 freestyle relay team of Susanna White, Nina Drolc, Shana Lim and Anna Mayfield posted the third-fastest time in school history, and the 800 freestyle relay team of Jordan, Nicole Menzel, Mayfield and Drolc achieved a school record.
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