ATLANTA, Georgia- The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team leads the competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational after day two. The three day meet is being held at the McAuley Aquatic Center Nov. 19th-21st.
Arkansas is still leading the competition with 749 points, followed by Alabama with 689.5 points, FGCU with 601 points and South Carolina with 510 points.
The field consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Campbell, Carson-Newman, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Southern, Indian River CC, UNLV, UNC Asheville and South Carolina along with Georgia Tech.
The first event of the evening, Arkansas finished third in the 200 medley relay. The relay consisted of Anna Mayfield, Sydney Angell, Natalie Burnett and Maddie Monroe in a time of 1:39.75. The relay improved their time by three seconds from prelims.
In the 400 individual medley, Arkansas had four out of the ten swimmers in the A Finals. Chloe Hannam finished third (4:12.71), Mary Margaret Soderberg finished fifth (4:17.54), Chelsea Tatlow in sixth (4:17. 83), followed by Jessie Garrison in seventh (4:19.31) and Rachel Kessler in 15th (4:28.98). The Razorbacks scored a total of 84 points towards Arkansas total score in the 400 IM.
Two events later, Burnett comes back and takes second in the 100 butterfly (53.70). Olivia Weekley finished fourth in the event, improving her time from a 55.02 to 54.55. In seventh place, Taylor Weiss went a time of 54.99.
Senior Maddie Monroe had an impressive day in the pool. In the 200 freestyle prelims, Monroe broke her own school record going a time of 1:45.93. In the finals, she finished first and again broke her school record, 1:45.84.
“Maddie was awesome today. She put together two outstanding 200 freestyles breaking her team records in both.” Head Coach Sean Schimmel said. “That’s a reflection of Maddie’s work ethic and determination showing up in her racing. It exciting and inspiring for our team.”
The Razorbacks had a total of five swimmers in the top 10 for the 200 freestyle. Nina Drolc finished fifth (1:48.64) and Lister and Stoehr tie for seventh in a time of 1:49.04. Mayfield finished 10th in the 200 freestyle (1:51.36).
Freshman Madison Strathman went a life time best time in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.91 and finished ninth. Maddie Edwards finished 13th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.69) and Angell finished 21st (1:02.40). After a second place finish in the 100 fly, Burnett finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (54.29). Mayfield finishes ninth (55.54) and Madison Umberger finished 18th (56.81).
“The team as a whole is doing a good job.” Schimmel said. “We need to continue to set ourselves up for success in the prelims. We are looking to finish strong tomorrow.”
Nicole Gillis finished 13th in the three meter competition with a score of 265.90, followed by teammate Hannah Bortnick placed 18th with a score of 258.10. Shelby Bartlett had a total score of 255.35 and Marissa Green finished 25th with a score of 240.85.
Saturday, Nov. 21st is the final day of competition for swimming and diving.
DAY THREE EVENTS:
Saturday, November 21st
(Prelims 10 a.m. – Finals 6 p.m.)
400 Free Relay
Arkansas will compete in the LC Time Trials in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, Nov. 22. The team will then head to Seattle, Washington from Dec. 3-5 for the US Winter LC Swim Nationals.
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