FAYETTEVILLE-After a month and half away for competition, the Arkansas swimming and diving team returns to the pool in the sand and the surf of Honolulu, Hawaii. The Lady Razorbacks meet Pacific and Houston, Monday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Hawaii.
Head coach Anne Goodman James said both schools should give the Lady’Backs plenty of competition for the first meet of the new year.
“Pacific is a good, solid team” Goodman James said. “They are a diverse and balanced program. They are a real, tough test.”
When the Lady’Backs dive into the water against Houston, it marks the 13th meeting between the schools. Goodman James said her team enjoys the nearly annual meeting.
“This is a series we have every year,” Goodman James said. “This is one meet that we have done for a long time.”
Leading the Lady’Backs are seniors Whitney Lynn and Zsuzsa Csobanki. At the Aggie Invitational in College Station, Texas, Nov. 19-21, Lynn qualified for two NCAA ‘B’ cuts. Lynn recorded season best times in the 500 (4:51) and 1,650 free (16:28.53). Csobanki qualified for a ‘B’ in the 50 free with a time of 23.30 in the finals of the event at the Aggie Invitational.
While the Arkansas squad is in Hawaii from Dec. 31-Jan. 7, Goodman James said the team will be more focused on the meet than the distractions of the island.
“Primary this time of year is about training rather than competing,” Goodman James said. “We are training five hours a day in Hawaii.”
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