FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 17 Razorbacks’ swimming and diving team gears up for its next road trip to face Brigham Young and Utah on Dec. 3-4.
Friday will be the first meeting between the Razorbacks (5-1) and the Cougars. With a 2-1 dual record this season, BYU comes into the meet with its most recent third-place finish at the Toshiba Classic on Nov. 22. The team earned its fourth consecutive Mountain West Conference title last season and 15 individuals picked up All-MWC honors.
"BYU is a team that is flying under the radar a little bit," head coach Jeff Poppell said. "They’ve got some studs so to speak, both in swimming and diving."
The Utah Utes jump into the dual on Dec. 4 against UA with a 3-1 dual record. The most recent duel for the Utes ended in a loss to SDSU. The Razorbacks trump Utah with a series record of 2-0. Last season, Arkansas beat Utah in the final dual of the season 195-100.
"Utah is a team that gets better and better every year," Poppell said. "They’ve got some individuals that will step up and challenge us; they have an opportunity to put something together for a pretty competitive relay, especially in the freestyle relay on the end."
In its last outing at the Purdue Invitational, Arkansas took first with 811.5 points, but now without a fight. The No. 17 Hogs led after the first day with the help of sophomore Chelsea Franklin who broke the school record in the 500 free. UA dropped behind 20th-ranked Louisville after the second day, but still managed to earn four first-place finishes and four NCAA ‘B cut times. Day three brought a win margin of 122.5 points for the Hogs and several more ‘B cut times. The Razorbacks finished the Purdue Invitational ahead of four other top-25 schools including the last year’s winner Michigan.
The Razorbacks hit the pool in Provo, Utah at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 and make the short trip to Salt Lake City, Utah for an 11 a.m. dual against the Utes on Dec. 4.