After a week off, Arkansas returns to the pool with a busy weekend schedule. The Lady’Backs meet Houston in a dual-meet, Friday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. Arkansas leads the all-timer series 10-3 despite falling to the Cougars last season 60-44. The Lady’Backs also attend the Rice Invitational, Nov. 4-5.
The Lady’Backs recorded their first win of the season defeating Drury, 158.5-140.5, in Springfield, Mo, Oct. 22. Freshman Summer Jackson led the team taking three individual events.
For the second consecutive meet, the Lady’Backs recorded a quick start. The relay team of junior Mariann Fulop, freshman Jesika Heidloff, junior Kristen Thibodeaux and Jackson won the 400-medley.
Arkansas finished first and second in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with quality performances from Heidloff and freshman Elizabeth Engs. Heidloff has won all of the breaststroke events in both the Nebraska and Drury meets.
Jackson continues to make an impact on the Arkansas scoring sheet after winning the 50 free100 free and 100 fly versus Drury. The Sequim, Wash., native has six individual titles in only two meets.
Thibodeaux earned her first individual victory of the season in the 200 fly against Drury. Freshman Emily Fletcher followed with a second-place finish.
In the Zone
In only the second meet of the season, redshirt freshman Madison Palmer and sophomore Brieanne Kushner made NCAA Zone Diving qualifying standards, on the one meter and three meter, respectively, while sweeping the diving events.
At Drury, the Lady’Backs recorded 15 season best marks. Senior Angela Kora, freshman Lonnie Strange, Fulop, Fletcher and Kushner improved their season best in two events.
Against Nebraska, Jackson led the Lady’Backs winning three individual events. Jackson took top honors in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly.
The Lady’Backs didn’t waste anytime against Nebraska. Arkansas finished first and second in the 200-medley relay.
Heidloff swept the breaststroke events against Nebraska winning the 100 and 200 breast.
In the 100 back, Fulop took control race as she finished more than three seconds before the next competitor.
The Lady’Backs welcomed seven freshmen to the squad. Underclassmen are the majority team with 15 members.