AUBURN, Ala. – Taking on a top 10 opponent for the second time this season, the No. 24 Arkansas swimming and diving team fell, 142-95, at No. 9 Auburn on Friday. The setback is the first of the season for the Razorbacks, who put together a fall campaign that included the program’s first win over No. 10 Tennessee and a team title at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
The 200 medley relay team of Anna Mayfield, Sydney Angell, Natalie Burnett and Nina Drolc started the meet off by placing second with a time of 1:42.82.
Despite Auburn winning the first four individual events, the Razorbacks held strong, landing podium finishes in all but one event. Mayfield swam a season-best time of 10:07.97 in the 1000 freestyle en route to placing second while junior Aiden Lister placed third with a time of 10:13.28. In the 50 freestyle, Drolc finished third, clocking a 23.78. Sophomore Chloe Hannam placed third in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:20.97.
After sophomore Chelsea Tatlow’s third-place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:02.51), senior Maddie Monroe nabbed fourth in the 100 freestyle (51.85) and Hannam claimed second in the 200 backstroke (2:00.61).
A two-time Swimmer of the Week selection, Mayfield rounded out her day by swimming a 4:48.96 to win the 500 freestyle. The San Antonio native’s efforts contributed 13 points to the Razorbacks’ overall score.
In diving, sophomore Nicole Gillis finished second on the one-meter (280.95) and third on the three-meter (280.65) while senior Shelby Bartlett placed third (253.95) in the one-meter and fourth in the three-meter (274.73).
“We had a lot of good performances today,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “Anna certainly made a statement with her 500 freestyle. We are going to learn some things from today in regards to our racing. We’ll be better going into our tri-meet next Friday. We are always preparing for better things in life.”
The Razorbacks return to action Friday, Jan. 22 to host Vanderbilt, Houston and Clemson for a two-day meet in the Arkansas Natatorium.