The Lady Razorbacks travel to Honolulu, Hawaii for a meet against Pacific and Houston, Jan. 3 at the University of Hawaii. This is the first meeting between the Lady’Backs and Pacific and 13th time Houston and Arkansas have competed.
The first meet of 2005 marks the Lady’Backs return to competition since the Aggie Invitational Nov. 19-21. Arkansas finished 4th at the Aggie Invitational with 475 points. Seniors Zsuzsa Csobanki and Whitney Lynn broke NCAA ‘B’ cut times at the invitational. Csobanki qualified in the 50 free with a season best time of 23.30 in the finals. Lynn recorded season best times in the 500 (4:51) and 1,650 free (16:28.53).
Csobanki and Lynn have repeatedly won two individual events throughout the season for the Lady’Backs. Lynn took top honors in the 500 and 1,000 free against Louisiana State, Alabama, Tulane, New Orleans and Washington State. Csobanki was a double event winner in three meets this season against Drury, Tulane, New Orleans and Washington State in the 50 and 100 free.
Lynn has dominated the 1,000 free this season as she is undefeated in the event. Lynn’s also set two records in the 1,000 free. Against Drury, Lynn’s time of 10:03.64 marked the fourth fastest time in school history and her performance at Washington State set a pool record. Against LSU and Alabama, Lynn won the 1,000 by 20 seconds.
Up, up and away
Freshman Emily Gregory has made an impact in her first season as a Lady’Back with two wins in the 100 butterfly. Gregory won the event at Washington State and Tulane. In her first Southeastern Conference meet, Gregory finished second in the 100 fly. Gregory recorded her best time of the season in the finals of the Aggie Invitational with a fifth-place finish.
Leading the Lady’Backs in the sprint freestyle events, Csobanki won six individual events this season. Csobanki is pacing the Lady’Backs in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Csobanki qualified for a NCAA ‘B’ cut at the Aggie Invitational.
Senior Zsuzsa Csobanki returned to the Lady’Backs for her final season after competing in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. As a four-time national champion, Csobanki represented Hungary in the 50 free. Csobanki was also an all-American in 2003. For the Lady’Backs, Csobanki competes in the freestyle and butterfly events.
A Big Splash
Diving continues to consistently score for the Lady’Backs. In the one-meter event, freshman Hilarie Wilson recorded two first-place finishes. Wilson won the event against Drury and Tulane. Freshman Brieanne Kushner also has two first-place finishes this season. On the three-meter board, Kushner took first against Drury and Tulane.
Home Sweet Home
While the Lady’Backs opened the season at home, they won’t host another home meet until Jan. 10 when Tennessee travels to Fayetteville. The Lady’Backs only host three home meets this season including the opener against Drury that Arkansas won 136-103.
The Lady’Backs opened Southeastern Conference competition in Baton Rouge, La., Oct. 29. Arkansas fell to Louisiana State, 73-60, and Alabama, 74-59. On the Louisiana road trip, the Lady’Backs recorded a split as they defeated the University of New Orleans, 126-7, and lost to Tulane, 74-67, Oct. 30.
Sophomore Mariann Fulop won four events for the Lady’Backs. Fulop won the 200 IM and the 200 back against Drury. The first-place finish in the 200 back was Fulop’s first win in that event as a Lady’Back. At Tulane, Fulop won the 100 back and 400 IM. Fulop set season best times in the 200 IM, 200 butterfly and 200 back at the Aggie Invitational.
Bumps and Bruises
The Lady’Backs team is not completely healthy with junior Kristen Thibodeaux, freshmen Kellyn Williams and Tori Kennedy all out for the season with injuries. Freshman Brieanne Kushner will not compete against Pacific and Houston due to an injury.
The Lady’Backs return to Fayetteville to host SEC opponent, Tennessee, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. inside Arkansas Natatorium. The Lady Vols visit marks only the second meet Arkansas has hosted in the 2004-05 season.