Los Angeles, Calif. – The Arkansas swimming and diving team won two of three dual meets Saturday, defeating Washington State 182-111 and UC Davis 232-67, while falling to host UCLA 162.50-131.50 at the Spieker Aquatics Center.
Arkansas tied the all-time series at 1-1 with Washington State and moved to 1-0 against UC Davis, but fell to 0-1 to UCLA.
“I was very happy with our overall effort,” said head coach Neil Harper. “To come away with two west coast wins and perform well on the road and outdoors has us continuing to build our team goals and improving our strengths as a team. Today, we lost to a very well prepared and focused UCLA team. I was also proud of our divers who excelled against another national power and came away victorious. I thought Brooke Schultz, Sydney Angell, Peyton Palsha, Olivia Weekley and Chelsea Tatlow led our team by example with their performances.”
Three Razorbacks combined for four individual wins as Schultz took both diving events to extend her streak to six straight victories to start her career.
Senior Chloe Hannam picked up her second win of the season, both in the 200 back, touching in a season-best and NCAA B-standard 1:58.48. Angell also picked up her second individual victory of the season, first in the 200 breast, in a 2:16.97.
Of the 20 individual first-place finishes this season, 18 are by seniors and freshman combined, while each class represents nine apiece.
To go along with Hannam’s NCAA qualifying time in the 200 back, Arkansas notched four other qualifiers as senior Jessie Garrison touched second in the 200 fly in 1:59.06, Schultz and Maha Amer recorded scores of 345.20 and 319.30, respectively on the 3m and Schultz posted a 323.50 on the 1m. Three of the five of those were wins, while the other two second-place showings.
Arkansas (4-2) entered the meet winning 27 straight non-conference dual meets. Despite falling to UCLA, Arkansas did pick up two wins to bring its season total to four, marking the sixth straight season the Razorbacks have recorded four or more wins in dual meet action.
The Razorbacks return home for a meet with Nebraska next Friday, as Arkansas hosts the Cornhuskers at 4 p.m. at the Arkansas Natatorium. Arkansas will have a quick turnaround, as it travels to Nashville and takes on Vanderbilt next Saturday on the road.
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