GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After the preliminary session of day three of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championships, Arkansas has eight swimmers advancing to the consolation finals tonight at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at 5 p.m.
Freshman Julia Kucherich picked up the first finals-qualifying time in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:14.25. That time put Kucherich 14th overall and gives her a chance to score for the Razorbacks this evening. Senior Jamie Marks also made it into the consolation finals of the 400 IM. She was 15th overall and stopped the clock at 14:14.39.
"We had a fantastic morning," head coach Jeff Poppell said. "We did as well as we could have done in the morning session. I’m so proud of the girls coming out and fighting and we’re looking to be even better tonight. This is more than we have had in finals on the middle day of SECs."
Junior Katie Whitbeck moves on in two races after ht morning session. She competes in the 100 butterfly and the 200 free after placing 15th in both races. Whitbeck’s time in the 200 free (1:48.47) is the fifth best time in Hog history.
Sigrun Sverrisdottir was 11th in the prelims of the 200 free. Her time of 1:47.63 is the second best in school history. Chelsea Franklin also made her way into the consolation finals and the Arkansas record book with the third best time in Razorback history with 1:48.22, good for 14th in the prelims. Carly Mercer way the fourth Razorback to make in to the ‘B finals. The freshman picked up her best time with 1:48.84 and 16th place.
Erin Neumann also claimed a spot in the ‘B finals with a 16 place-finish in the 100 breaststroke. She clocked 1:02.52 to earn eighth in her heat and 16th overall.
The Razorbacks take to the pool at 5 p.m. this evening in Gainesville, Fla.