FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 15 University of Arkansas swimming and diving team will travel to Springfield, Mo., to face Missouri State on Saturday at 1 p.m. The team is coming off a dual-meet win, defeating Nebraska at home on Oct. 26. The dual meet at Missouri State will be Arkansas’ fifth competition of the fall.
“For where we are right now in November, we’re certainly going to have to get up and do some things tired,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “Our workload is pretty heavy right now. We’re going through some pretty strong stuff. It’s about getting in there and doing some things tired, working on our skills when we’re tired and thinking about two weeks from then we’ve got a championship meet at the University of Missouri. It’s about preparing for that, being on the road one more time, and having some championship preparation.”
Arkansas has had a strong start to its season, taking first place at the North Texas Relay Invitational, and then recording three dual-meet wins at North Texas, at LSU and against Nebraska. The team tied the school record with 13 straight dual-meet wins and has won no less than 13 events in any dual meet this season.
Arkansas’ performances so far this season were highlighted NCAA ‘B’ cut times for junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.), in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events and for junior Julia Banach (Eilat, Israel), in the 200 breaststroke at LSU. The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), Daniels, junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.), and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia), finished first in 1:40.75, recording the fifth-best time in Arkansas history at LSU.
Senior diver Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada), posted an NCAA zone qualifying score of 284.10 on the 1-meter springboard at LSU. The following week Naylor won the 3-meter against Nebraska with a zone qualifying score of 291.00 and improved her 1-meter score to 284.40.
Arkansas and Missouri State have met eight times in history, beginning during the 1998-99 season, and the Razorbacks lead the all-time series 8-0. The teams most recently met last season when Arkansas defeated Missouri State 250-50 at the Arkansas Natatorium.
Arkansas will mark the sixth competition of the season for Missouri State. Missouri State opened the season at the Show-Me Showdown taking second place out of eight teams. They recorded dual-meet victories over Drury, Evansville and Southern Illinois and face Missouri on Friday at 5 p.m. The Bears retained 10 All-MVC first team selections this season and welcome 11 newcomers to their roster. Missouri State won the MVC championship last season for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons.
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