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Mercer, Franklin smash records

Mercer, Franklin smash records

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Arkansas swimming team wrapped day two of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championships in ninth place and two more times in the all-time record book at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Thursday evening.

Sophomore Chelsea Franklin improved on her own record-setting time in the 500 freestyle. She stopped the clock at 4:42.32 for third in the consolation finals and 11th overall. Franklin first earned a record-breaking time at the Purdue Invitational in November.

"We really started to come to life today a little bit," head coach Jeff Poppell said. "Carly posted the second fasted time and Chelsea broke her own school record, so I’m real excited about what we did tonight and hoping to build on that going into tomorrow."

Carly Mercer, Katie Whitbeck, Lisa Lunkenheimer and Sigrun Sverrisdottir brought a time of 1:34.00in the 200 freestyle relay. The time was good for second in their heat and ninth overall. Mercer earned a career best in the 50 free as the lead-off leg with a time of 22.84. Her time also puts the freshman second on Razorbacks all-time record list in the sprint race.

The Hogs jump back into the water Friday morning with the preliminary races of day three of the 2011 SEC Championships beginning at 9 a.m. CT.

Team Scores after Thursday, Feb. 17

Florida – 291Georgia – 286 Auburn – 272 LSU – 190.5Tennessee – 157South Carolina – 148Kentucky – 121 Alabama – 108.5Arkansas – 100Vanderbilt – 46

Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)