This Week-The Arkansas diving squad travels to Orlando, Fla., for the Orlando Invitational, Feb. 4-6. The swimming crew returns to the pool, Feb. 16-19, at the Southeastern Conference Championship in Gainesville, Fla.
Rewind-Arkansas hosted its final home meet of the season when Kansas defeated the Lady Razorbacks 163-133 on senior day. Arkansas honored seniors A.K. Campbell, Hannah Clegg, Zsuzsa Csobanki, Whitney Lynn and Lisa Petry as the Lady’Backs won nine events while setting 11 season best marks.
Couple-Senior Whitney Lynn and freshman Emily Gregory led Arkansas as they both won two individual events. Lynn won the 500 and 1,000 freestyle. Lynn’s performance in the 1,000 free was her best time of the season and the fourth best time in Arkansas history. Gregory took first place in the 100 and 200 butterfly, which were season best times.
Five for Five-With her performance against Kansas, Lynn now owns the five best times in school history in the 1,000 free. Lynn also set a record in the season opener against Drury.
To New Heights-Freshman Jamie Hyslop recorded her first victory at Arkansas as she won the one-meter springboard and finished three on the three meter. She scored season best marks in both events.
A Day’s Work-Kushner added a first-place finish in the three-meter springboard to her resume against Kansas along with a third place on the one meter. Kushner recorded a season best mark on the three-meter board.
All Around-Sophomore Mariann Fulop took first place in the 200 IM aginst Kansas. This is her second win in the event this season.
Just Dashing-Senior Zsuzsa Csobanki won the 50 free and finished second in the 100 free against the Jayhawks. Her performance in the 50 free was a NCAA ‘B’ cut. Csobanki has qualified in the event three times.
Teamwork-The Arkansas relay team of senior Hannah Clegg, sophomore Molly Muck, Gregory and Csobanki started the meet against Kansas with a victory and season best time in the 200-medley relay.
To the Top-Sophomore Mariann Fulop was a double event winner at the Kentucky meet for the first time since the Oct. 30 meet against Tulane and New Orleans. Fulop won the 200 fly, which was her first victory in a butterfly event this season. With her victory in the 400 IM, Fulop recorded her best time of the season in the event.
Repeat-Senior Zsuzsa Csobanki paced the Lady’Backs against Kentucky and Louisville as she won two individual events. Csobanki took first-place honors in the 50 and 100 freestyle and her time in the 50 free (23.53) was a NCAA ‘B’ cut. She previously qualified in the 50 free at the Aggie Invitational.
Punch-The Lady’Backs used a one-two punch to score points against Kentucky and Louisville. Fulop and freshman Emily Gregory finished first and second in the 200 fly. Gregory was also second in the 100 fly.
Best Yet-Freshman Juliette Burks recorded season best times in two events against Kentucky and Louisville. Burks’s performance in the 200 fly broke her previous time by nearly three seconds. She also improved her time in the 100 fly.
New Ground-When Arkansas hosted No. 23 Tennessee, Jan. 10, freshman diver Brieanne Kushner qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving competition in the one-meter event. Tennessee senior Julia Stowers broke an Arkansas Natatorium pool record in the 1,000 free with her time of 9:52.35. Senior Whitney Lynn previously held the record, which she set in 2003.
First Time-With Kushner’s sweep of the diving events against Tennessee, she was named SEC Diver of the Week. Kushner took both the one and three meter, while qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship in the one meter. In the one meter, Kushner recorded her best performance of the year with a score of 260.70.
Points All Around-Senior Hannah Clegg recorded her first career win for the Lady’Backs against Tennessee. Clegg won the 100 back in 1:00.09. Senior Zsuzsa Csobanki and Whitney Lynn each won individual events against Tennessee with Csobanki taking the 50 free and Lynn winning the 500 free.
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).
Double Trouble-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, Houston and Kansas. Csobanki was a double event winner in five meets this season against Drury, Tulane, New Orleans, Washington State, Pacific, Houston, Kentucky and Louisville in the 50 and 100 free.
Lynn’s Lane-Lynn has dominated the 1,000 free this season. Lynn has set three records in the 1,000 free. Lynn best performance of the year in 1,000 free was on senior day against Kansas as she set the fourth fastest time in Arkansas history. Lynn owns the five fastest times in school history in the 1,000 free. Against Drury, Lynn’s time of 10:03.64 marked the fifth 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. She has won the 1,000 free five times this season.
Up, Up and Away-Freshman Emily Gregory has made an impact in her first season as a Lady’Back with three wins in the 100 butterfly. Gregory won the event at Washington State, Tulane and Kansas. In her first Southeastern Conference meet against Louisiana State and Alabama, 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.
Free Bird-Leading the Lady’Backs in the sprint freestyle events, Csobanki won 12 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.
Summer Vacation-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 has recorded two first-place finishes. Wilson won the event against Drury and Tulane. Freshman Brieanne Kushner also has five first-place finishes this season. On the three-meter board, Kushner took first against Drury, Tulane and Kansas.
Take Two-Sophomore Mariann Fulop won six 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 and 400 IM this season.
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.
Fast Forward-The Arkansas divers travel to Florida to compete in the Orlando Invitational, Feb. 4-6, before the SEC Diving Championships Feb. 11-13 in Gainesville, Fla. Lady’Back swimmers return to the pool, Feb. 16-19, for the SEC Swimming Championships.