FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas Razorbacks took their first loss of the season against Tennessee with a dual score of 171-129 in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 16. Arkansas is now 3-1 in dual competition.
Arkansas started the event with a second-place finish in the 200-medley relay. Haley Smith, Erin Neumann, Lisa Lunkenheimer and Carly Mercer posted a time of 1:35.56.
Chelsea Franklin came in second in the 1000 freestyle with a career best and team-leading time of 9:56.16. Katie Whitbeck came out on the next event, the 200 freestyle and picked up the first win of the day for Arkansas. She stopped the clock in 1:49.30.
"It’s really rare for us to have career or in season bests for us at this time of the season," head coach Jeff Poppell said. "This is arguably one of the best dual meets we’ve had."
Mercer also picked up a top finish for Arkansas in the 50 freestyle in 23.52 seconds. Mercer came back in the 100 freestyle with a second-place finish. She marked another career and team best time of 51.22.
Diver Kesha Naylor picked up third in the one-meter dive with another NCAA Zone qualifying score of 271.80. That marks Naylor’s second qualifying mark of the season. She came back in the three-meter dive with a final score of 298.50 for second place.
Arkansas takes two weeks off before hosting South Carolina and Missouri on Nov. 5, at the Arkansas Natatorium.