The Lady Razorbacks host Southeastern Conference foe, No. 23Tennessee Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. inside the Arkansas Natatorium. This meet marks the sixth meeting between Arkansas and Tennessee. The Lady Volunteers have five swimmers and two divers, who have qualified for NCAA standards. Tennessee travels to Fayetteville after a 184-167 loss to Northwestern, Jan. 8.
Arkansas traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii for a meet against Pacific and Houston, Jan. 3 at the University of Hawaii. In the first meeting between Arkansas and Pacific, the Lady’Back lost 66-37. Against Houston, Arkansas was defeated 60-44.
On the mark
The last fall meet was a beneficial one for the Lady’Backs. At the Aggie Invitational, Nov. 19-21, seniors Zsuzsa Csobanki and Whitney Lynn broke NCAA ‘B’ cut times. 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).
Last season, the Lady Vols traveled to Fayetteville and defeated the Lady’Backs, 170-130. Whitney Lynn won the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events with Zsuzsa Csobanki taking first in the 100 fly.
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 Washington State, Pacific and Houston. Csobanki was a double event winner in three meets this season against Drury, Tulane, New Orleans, Washington State, Pacific and Houston 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 eight 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.
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 and illness.
The Lady’Backs continue SEC competition as they travel to Lexington, Ky., to meet Kentucky, Jan. 22 at 12 p.m.