WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.— Arkansas junior Jamie Marks took first in the 1,650-yard freestyle event and the No. 18 University of Arkansas swimming and diving team posted five NCAA “B” cut times in Sunday’s morning session of the Purdue Invitational at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
An All-American in the event, Marks took first place with a NCAA “B” cut time of 16:20.78. Freshman Chelsea Franklin finished just behind Marks in third place with a time of 16:40.84, also an NCAA “B” cut. Alison Templin clocked in at 16:42.03 to take fourth place while sophomore Sarah Howard finished sixth with a career-best time of 16:52.95. Juniors Shara Sutphen (16:59.23) and Ashley Largo (17:03.47) placed eighth and 11th, respectively.
Arkansas posted six of the top 16 times in the 200y butterfly, including advancing four into Sunday night’s “A” final. Marks touched in at 2:00.65 to take first place and earn an NCAA “B” cut time. Sophomore Katie Whitbeck followed in second at 2:01.13 with Erica Totten right behind in fourth at 2:02.18. Sophomore Lisa Lunkenheimer clocked in at 2:02.85 to take seventh place. Junior Erin Neumann and Franklin finished ninth and 13th, respectively, to earn spots in the “B” final.
The Razorbacks qualified three athletes into the “A” final of the 200y breaststroke. Senior Yi-Ting Siow finished second with a time of 2:14.08 followed by Leah Pierce in a NCAA “B” cut time of 2:16.41. Siow previous clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying time at the Hogs dual meet against Florida and Kansas. Neumann finished eighth with a time of 2:18.92. Sophomore Sarah Howard touched in at 2:22.55 to finish 13th to set a new career mark and earn a spot in the “B” final.
Sophomore Jillienne Schiling swam a career best time of 2:01.15 to finish fifth in the 200y backstroke. Freshman Haley Smith also touched in at a career best 2:01.57 to take seventh place. Both will swim in the “A” final. Fellow freshman Dannica Brennan and sophomore Katie Davis qualified tenth and 14th, respectively, for the “B” final.
In the 100y freestyle, Whitbeck and Lunkenheimer each qualified for the “B” final. Lunkenheimer set a new career mark as she stopped the clock at 52.08.
Sophomore Alex Roman finished ninth in the women’s platform diving event with a score of 168.90. Freshman Alyssa Tomlinson took 10th with a 109.75.
Finals begin at 4 p.m. and will include the 400y freestyle relay.
For complete results and a recap from Sunday night’s finals, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Live results can be found at purduesports.com.