FAYETTEVILLE-While the University of Arkansas swimming and diving team returned to the comforts of home for their first home meet since Oct. 22, the University of Tennessee team didn’t send a welcoming committee as the Lady Razorbacks were defeated 121-111.
Head coach Anne Goodman James said she was impressed with the Lady Volunteer squad that the Lady’Backs faced on Monday.
“Obviously, we knew that Tennessee was a very strong team,” Goodman James said. “They don’t have an event that is weak. They are really solid.”
In the 1,000 freestyle, Tennessee senior Julia Stowers broke the Arkansas Natatorium record with her performance of 9:52.35. Senior Whitney Lynn previously held the record of 10:01.14 set in 2003.
For the Lady’Backs, freshman Brieanne Kushner led the way as she won the one-and three-meter events to sweep the diving competition.
Goodman James said she was happy with the performances of seniors Zsuzsa Csobanki and Hannah Clegg as they won the 50 free and 100 back, respectively.
“I was really pleased with Zsuzsa,” Goodman James said. “She had great quickness in the 50 free and her split in the 200-free relay was the fastest. Another person that stepped up and swam well was Hannah Clegg. She started the 200-medly relay and won the 100 back, which is her first win of the season. It’s great to see her season start to come together.”
While senior Whitney Lynn finished second in the 1,000 free, she won the 500 free, which was her fourth win in the event this season.
The Lady’Backs next meet is in Lexington, Ky., as they compete against Southeastern Conference foe, Kentucky, Jan. 22 at 12 p.m.
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