AUBURN, Ala. – A program record and six career-bests were set in Arkansas women’s swimming and diving’s second day of action at the 2015 SEC Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center Wednesday evening.
The Razorback 200 free relay team of senior Susanna White and juniors Nina Drolc, Maddie Monroe and Anna Mayfield set the Arkansas record with a time of 1:29.62, good for seventh. The Razorbacks have set two program records in as many days at the 2015 championship meet.
“The two swims that really stood out to me were the 200 free relay and Chelsea Tatlow’s 200 IM,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “For the relay, that was a long time coming and it was great to see them finally put that together. And it was great to see Chelsea get a career-best time.”
Arkansas’ individual efforts were highlighted by two 10th-place finishes in the finals from Mayfield in the 500 freestyle and freshman Chelsea Tatlow in the 200 IM.
To begin the day, Mayfield and junior Aiden Lister both qualified for the 500 free finals with times of 4:42.83 and 4:45.53, respectively in the prelims. Lister’s time marked a personal-best while freshman Chloe Hannam also notched a new career-best with a time of 4:48.95.
Tatlow led the way for the Razorbacks in the 200 IM prelims, registering the 15th best time (1:58.99) and earning a spot in the finals. Sophomore Mary-Margaret Soderberg took first in her heat with a personal-best time of 2:00.18 and freshman Maddie Edwards clocked a career-best time of 2:05.49.
In the 50 freestyle prelims, White clocked a time of 22.64, good for a spot in the finals while Monroe clocked a new personal-best time of 23.04.
Mayfield opened the finals of day two in the 500 free where she claimed tenth place with a time of 4:42.74. Lister then took 16th place with a time of 4:47.56. While Mayfield was bound by the ‘B’ final heat, her time overall would have been good for seventh place in the ‘A’ heat and overall.
Tatlow then also snagged a tenth-place finish in the 200 IM where she battled for registered a career-best time of 1:57.69. Like Mayfield, Tatlow was restricted to placing in the ‘B’ heat, but her overall time pegged her No. 7 in the event.
To close the individual event finals, White out-touched her opponents in the ‘C’ final to win her heat and clinch 17th place with a season-best time of 22.55.
On the diving side, junior Shelby Bartlett picked-up a point for the Razorbacks with a 24th-place finish on the one-meter boards with a score of 251.50.
The Razorbacks closed day two in 10th place with 204 points, just 20 points behind South Carolina’s total of 224.
Arkansas will return to the pool Thursday morning at 10 a.m. for the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle. Finals for the trio of events will be held at later that evening at 6 p.m.
DAY TWO RESULTS:
500 Freestyle Prelims: 27th – 9th – Anna Mayfield (4:42.83), 14th – Aiden Lister (4:45.53!), 25th – Rachel Stoehr (4:48.82), 27th – Chloe Hannam (4:48.95!), 51st – Leia Bates (5:03.53)
500 Freestyle Finals: 10th – Anna Mayfield (4:42.74), 16th – Aiden Lister (4:47.56)
200 IM Prelims: 15th – Chelsea Tatlow (1:58.99), 28th – Mary-Margaret Soderberg (2:00.18!), 52nd – Maddie Edwards (2:05.49!), 53rd – Jessie Garrison (2:06.47)
200 IM Finals: 10th – Chelsea Tatlow (1:57.69!#)
50 Freestyle Prelims: 17th – Susanna White (22.64), 30th – Maddie Monroe (23.04!), 32nd – Nina Drolc (23.12), 40th – Olivia Weekley (23.47!),
50 Freestyle Prelims (Swimming Breaststroke): Nikki Daniels (28.08), Julia Banach (29.33)
50 Freestyle Finals: 17th – Susanna White (22.55#)
1-Meter Diving: 24th – Shelby Bartlett (251.50), 29th – Meghan Clark (243.60), 32nd – Nicole Gillis (236.85), 34th – Hannah Bortnick (234.05)
200 Free Relay: 7th – Susanna White, Nina Drolc, Maddie Monroe, Anna Mayfield (1:29.62%)
! – Personal Best
% – Arkansas Record
# – Arkansas Top-5 Time
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