FAYETTEVILLE-The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team travels to Springfield, Mo., to face Drury in dual-meet action, Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1:00 p.m.
The Lady Razorbacks lead the all-time series 13-3 and defeated the Panthers 136-103 last season in Fayetteville. Arkansas is looking for its first team win of the year after the Lady’Backs opened the season at home, Oct. 15, and fell to Nebraska 178-121.
Arkansas swimming head coach Anne Goodman James said she expects a close finish against Drury, who finished the 2004-05 as the Division II National Runner-up.
“The Drury meet should be an exciting one down to the wire,”she said. “I feel like we should dominate the diving events, but they would have the upper hand in distance freestyle. The sprints and stroke events are a toss-up, and should make for some nail biter races throughout.”
Goodman James said she believes freshman Summer Jackson will continue to score for the Lady’Backs after Jackson won the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly against Nebraska.
“Summer Jackson will be challenged by Drury’s solid sprinters, but she is a gutsy competitor and I have a lot of confidence in her ability to pull out some wins,” she said.
The Lady’Backs are a young squad that relies on freshmen especially in the breaststroke events with freshmen Jesika Heidloff and Elizabeth Engs, who versus Nebraska finished first and third in the 100 and 200 breast, respectively.
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