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No. 18 Arkansas falls to No. 25 Missouri

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 18 Arkansas falls to No. 25 Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo.— The No. 18 Arkansas swimming and diving team suffered only its second loss of the season Saturday at the hands of No. 25-ranked Missouri, falling 177-118, at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

“Mizzou was an outstanding team today, this was by far their best meet of the season and full credit goes to them,” Arkansas coach Jeff Poppell said. “They are a fantastic team and they proved that to everyone across the country today. On a lot of fronts, we were better than we had been all season as well, in dual meets, but it was not enough. Hopefully, we can come away from this meet as a wakeup call and we finish stronger in the last month of the season.”

Senior Yi-Ting Siow picked up event wins in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200y individual medley while Leah Pierce added another win in the 200y breaststroke.

Siow touched in at 1 minute, 2.17 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2:01.74 in the 200y IM, almost five seconds ahead of the field. She also added a second-place finish in the 100y butterfly at 55.48.

Pierce turned in a time of 2:16.89 in the 200y breaststroke. A native of Columbia, she also took fourth in the 100y breaststroke event with a time of 1:04.73.

Junior Jamie Marks finished second in both the 1000y freestyle and the 200y butterfly, turning in times of 10:00.00 and 2:03.30, respectively. Junior Erica Totten followed behind Marks in the 200y butterfly with a third-place finish, touching in at 2:03.74.

Fellow junior Megan Haskins was the top finisher for the Razorbacks in the 50y freestyle. Haskins placed third with a time of 24.13, followed by Ng (24.21) in fourth and Courtney Hubbard (25.08) in sixth.

Sophomore Katie Whitbeck picked up a third-place finish in the 100y freestyle, touching in at 52.31, while she finished fourth in the 200y freestyle with a time of 1:52.52.

Jillienne Schilling was the top Razorback in the 200y freestyle event, turning in a time of 1:52.442, as was Haley Smith in the 200y backstroke, touching in at 2:01.54. Both swimmers placed third.

Freshman Chelsea Franklin took third in the 1000y freestyle and second in the 500y freestyle with times of 10:05.09 and 4:53.90, respectively.

In the 100y backstroke, senior Lynette Ng (57.21) placed fourth, while Haley Smith (57.49) took fifth and Dannica Brennan (59.15) sixth.

In diving, sophomore Alex Roman finished third on the one-meter boards with a mark of 244.90 followed by Liana Bugslag in fourth and Kristen Keith in seventh. Bugslag took fifth in the three-meter event with a score of 225.85.

The Razorback relay team of Ng, Siow, Whitbeck and Haskins posted a second-place finish in the 200y medley relay with a time of 1:43.60. The team wrapped up the meet with a win in the 400y freestyle relay as Ng, Haskins, Hubbard and Schilling finished in 3:32.01.

Arkansas returns to action Jan. 30 when they host Utah at Arkansas Natatorium. A pre-meet ceremony will honor seniors Siow, Pierce and Ng along with Haskins.

For more information about Arkansas’ swimming and diving team, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Download: Arkansas-Missouri Results.pdf



Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)