FAYETTEVILLE- The Arkansas Razorbacks’ swimming and diving team hosts its first home meet of the season on Friday, Nov. 5. The Razorbacks welcome regional rival Missouri and Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina at 2 p.m. at the Arkansas Natatorium.
The Hogs host the meet after two weeks off from competition. Last time out, the Razorbacks topped Vanderbilt 194-43 in Nashville before making the short trip to Knoxville, Tenn., for a close loss to Tennessee. Against the Lady Vols, sophomore Liana Bugslag earned an NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score of 269.55 in the one-meter diving event.
"We’ve got a great test this weekend with Mizzou as well as South Carolina," head coach Jeff Poppell said. "Mizzou, year in-year out, is always a top-25 team in the country and we are looking forward to competing against them and South Carolina, equally so. It’s sure to be a great test as well as a great competition."
South Carolina holds an 8-2 record over the Razorbacks with the most recent meeting coming during the 2006-07 season when the Gamecocks topped the Hogs 149-89. They have a perfect 3-0 dual record this season after their latest victory over Clemson. South Carolina brings the reigning SEC Diver of the Week, Taryn Zack who posted NCAA Zone qualifying scores on both boards and holds the top one-meter score in the conference.
The Mizzou Tigers are 2-1 this season. The Tigers defeated Kansas in the conference opener by winning 11 events en route to the sixth consecutive victory over the Jayhawks. Arkansas leads Mizzou 13-7 in the all-time records.
Arkansas fills the lanes with sophomore Chelsea Franklin who is seventh in the nation and fourth in the SEC in the 1,000 freestyle. She also earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 500 free with a time of 4:50.58. Freshman Julia Kucherich picked up two wins last time out in the 200 butterfly at Vanderbilt and the 200 IM at Tennessee. Another freshman, Carly Mercer has picked up four first-place finishes in the two weeks of dual competition including helping the 200 medley relay group to first over Vanderbilt on Oct. 15.
Missouri and South Carolina each bring their men’s teams to the Arkansas Natatorium as well to compete. Competition is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. A live blog and live results are available during the meet by visiting arkansasrazorbacks.com.