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First SEC meet at Vanderbilt

BY ANDRES FOCIL
First SEC meet at Vanderbilt
FAYETTEVILLE– The Arkansas swimming and diving team opens Southeastern Conference Competition at Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 15,then makes the short trip to face Tennessee on Saturday.Last week, the team opened the 2010-11 season with a second-place finish and 100 points at the North Texas Relays in Mansfield, Texas on Oct. 8. The Razorbacks opened dual competition the following day by sweeping Tulane and North Texas. The Razorbacks topped Tulane 155-66 and earned 153 points over UNT’s 68. The newest Hogs made a strong showing at their career-opening relay meet. Nicole Menzel, Julia Kucherich along with sophomore Chelsea Franklin earned a first-place finish in the 1500 freestyle relay with a time of 14:48.19. Franklin, Menzel, sophomore Sigrun Sverrisdottir and junior Jillienne Schilling brought in another top finish for Arkansas. The group stopped the clock in the 800 free relay in 7:29.42. The Razorbacks came back the next day and placed first in each of their events with freshman Kesha Naylor taking the top spot in both diving events in her first meet as a Razorback. Junior Chelsea Franklin picked up the best time in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.91. Vanderbilt comes into the dual with a season-opening loss to Southern Illinois last weekend. Last season the Commodores finished with a 2-8 dual record and 10th-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships under head coach Jeremy Organ. The Razorbacks hold a 3-0 record over the Commodores, winning in each of the past three seasons. The most recent win was a 206-87 win for the Razorbacks.“The SEC is the strongest swimming and diving conference in the country,” head coach Jeff Poppell said. “For us to compete with those teams, it takes our coaches being able to develop our athletes to the highest levels of our sport and every individual on our team doing their part and playing their role.”This will be the first dual for the Lady Vols this season. They finished fourth in the SEC and had a dual record of 3-4 in 2010. Tennessee was 14th at the NCAA Championships and brings back six All-Americans who collectively hold 21 All-America honors. The Razorbacks have not beaten the Lady Vols in the past seven meetings between the teams. In 2008, Tennessee topped the Razorbacks 197-103.In Nashville, the meet is set for 1 p.m., and the Razorbacks take to the pool at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.


Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)