FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind numerous personal bests, the Arkansas swimming and diving team placed fourth at the prestigious Art Adamson Invitational, scoring 281 points.
In the 200 backstroke prelims, senior Chloe Hannam touched in season-best 1:56.97 to advance to the evening’s A-final. Junior Madison Umberger qualified for the C-final, swimming a 2:00.47 in the prelims. Sophomore Ayumi Macias swam a 2:01.31 to qualify for the D-final. Freshmen Michaela Degnan (2:02.68), Katiana Porporis (2:02.78) and Aubrey Torkelson (2:09.04) each swam season bests in the qualifying round.
In the 200 back A-final, Hannam touched in a season-best 1:55.08 for a seventh-place finish. In the C-final, Umberger swam a season-best 2:00.19 for a sixth-place finish. Macias touched in 2:03.72 in the D-final for an eighth-place showing.
The 100 free prelims saw many bests, as senior Olivia Weekley touched in a season-best 50.45 to qualify for the C-final. Juniors Kiera Michailoff-Russell and Erin Kelly each recorded lifetime bests as they clocked times of 50.82 and 50.83, respectively. Freshman Kenedy Thaman (51.13) and sophomore Dalton Chambliss (52.48) timed season-bests, as well as juniors Marlena Pigliacampi (51.30) and Annah Carney (52.02). Freshman Shea Gregson touched in a personal-best 51.47, along with junior Madison Strathman who touched in 53.27.
In the C-final, Weekley and Michailoff-Russell finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 50.65 and 50.97. Kelly and Thaman swam in the D-final, with Kelly swimming a 50.69 for a third-place finish, while Thaman touched in 51.34 in seventh.
In the 200 breast prelims, junior Sydney Angell finished 13th in a season-best 2:41.63 to qualify for the B-final. Freshman Peyton Palsha qualified for the C-final in a time of 2:17.63. Strathman qualified for D-final, swimming a season-best 2:19.17. Senior Madison Edwards also swam a season-best, clocking a 2:24.33, while freshman Alyssa Hale touched in a personal-best 2:24.80.
Angell clocked a 2:14.19 sixth-place showing in the B-final, while Palsha touched eighth in the C-final in 2:19.34. Strathman swam a 2:17.30 in the D-final to finish fourth.
Senior Chelsea Tatlow qualified for the A-final in the 200 fly with a prelim time of 1:57.12. Jessie Garrison (1:58.53) and Taylor Weiss (1:59.97) advanced to the B-final, as both swim season-bests. Pigliacampi touched in a season-best 2:01.93 to move on to the C-final.
Tatlow finished seventh in the A-final in 1:57.00. In the B-final, Garrison touched third in 1:58.57, while Weiss touched in 1:59.83 for a fifth-place finish. Pigliacampi won the C-final of the 200 fly in a personal-best time of 1:59.89.
In the 1650 free, Macias touched seventh in a season-best 16:30.55, while Palsha came in at a season-best 16:30.65. Freshman Alyssa Lemon had a 31st-place finish, touching in 17:16.90.
In the 400 free relay, Arkansas had squads finish 13th in 3:24.66, 18th in 3:25.26 and 24th in 3:27.69.
On the platform dive, senior Nicole Gillis recorded her third second-place finish on the weekend, scored a personal-best 249.85. Marissa Green scored a 201.15 for ninth place, while Caroline Welch scored a 178.85 for a 13th-place finish.
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