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Menzel finishes first in 500 free

Menzel finishes first in 500 free

ATHENS, Ga. – The Arkansas Razorbacks wrapped up day one of the Bulldogs Last Chance Invitational with three career-best times and one NCAA ‘B cut time on Friday in Athens, Ga.

Freshman Nicole Menzel earned an NCAA ‘B cut time in the 500 freestyle with a career-best time of 4:46.79. Her time earned the freshman first place in the event as well as first during the prelim race.

"Nicole had an outstanding day, along with Amy Pena and Lizzy Whitbeck," assistant coach Todd Mann said.

Pena posted her best time of the season in the 500 free as well. She stopped the clock at 5:06.77, good for sixth overall. Courtney Hubbard was fifth in the event with 5:05.18, while Molly Milborn was seventh with a time of 5:11.21.

Freshman Lizzy Whitbeck claimed fifth in the 200 IM. She clocked 2:07.40 for a new career-best time as a Razorback.

Courtney O’Grady was fifth in the 100 breast event with 1:09.46, while, the 100 butterfly brought Milborn in with 58.06, good for eighth overall. Whitbeck was sixth overall in the 100 breast as well.

During a time trial, Alicia Meinz picked up her best time of 1:57.44 in the 200 freestyle.

"We are looking forward to continuing the success we had today into tomorrow," Mann said.

The Razorbacks sit in fourth place after the first day of the NCAA Last Chance meet. The Hogs 160 points puts them just 18 points out of third. Arkansas continues in Georgia with the final day of the meet on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)