AUBURN, Ala. – It took junior Anna Mayfield just 1:46.12 to rewrite an Arkansas swimming and diving 200 freestyle record that stood untouched for six years. But in the spirit of the SEC Championships, Mayfield’s record then stood for six hours before junior Maddie Monroe topped it in the 200 free finals with a time of 1:46.05. The dueling records highlighted the Razorbacks third day at the 2015 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center Thursday evening.
The day opened in the 400 IM where freshmen Chelsea Tatlow and Chloe Hannam earned spots in the finals with times of 4:16.68 and 4:16.74, respectively. Hannam’s time marked a personal best, while sophomore Mary Margaret Soderberg shaved an incredible 12 seconds of her career-best time with a mark of 4:18.30.
In the 100 butterfly prelims, senior Susanna White punched her ticket to the finals with a season-best time of 53.54, while freshman Olivia Weekley clocked a career-best time of 54.50.
Mayfield then posted her record-breaking swim in the 200 prelims to earn a spot in the B final. Junior Maddie Monroe registered a career-best time of 1:46.83, good for a place in the finals, while junior Nina Drolc recorded a new personal-best time of 1:48.21.
The Razorbacks then returned to competition for the evening finals where Tatlow clocked a career-best time of 4:11.74, breaking into the Arkansas record book at No. 5 all-time. Tatlow handily won the C final heat she was bound to for 17th place, but her time ranked 14thoverall. Hannam broke her career-best time again in the finals, besting her prelim mark with a time of 4:15.53.
White also aided the Razorbacks scoring efforts with a 21st-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.54, an identical mark to her prelim time and another Arkansas top-five time.
To close out the day, Monroe then downed Mayfield’s 200 freestyle record to win the C final and take 17th place. Mayfield then took to the pool to finish third in the B heat, good for 11th place.
The Razorbacks closed day three in 10th place with 245 points, trailing South Carolina by 10 points.
Arkansas returns for prelims at 10 a.m. on Friday, starting with the 200 butterfly, then closing with the 100 back and 100 breast. Finals for the three events will begin at 6 p.m. After a day of practice, the Razorback divers will take to the diving well for the platform dive.
DAY THREE RESULTS:
400 IM (Prelims): 21st – Chelsea Tatlow (4:16.68), 22nd – Chloe Hannam (4:16.74!), 28th – Mary Margaret Soderberg (4:18.30!), 40th – Rachel Kessler (4:25.80)
400 IM (Finals): 17th – Chelsea Tatlow (4:11.74!), 21st – Chloe Hannam (4:15.53!)
100 Butterfly (Prelims): 21st – Susanna White (53.54#), 35th – Olivia Weekley (54.50!), 41st – Taylor Weiss (55.18), 43rd – Liz Braun (55.22)
100 Butterfly (Finals): 21st – Susanna White (53.54#)
200 Free (Prelims): 10th – Anna Mayfield (1:46.12!), 17th – Maddie Monroe (1:46.83!), 26th – Rachel Stoehr (1:48.12), 28th – Nina Drolc (1:48.21!), 40th – Aiden Lister (1:49.79), 55th – Leia Bates (1:51.46), 59th – Taylor Weiss (1:54.68)
200 Free Finals: 11th – Anna Mayfield (1:46.60), 17th – Maddie Monroe (1:46.05!%)
! – Personal Best
% – Arkansas Record
# – Arkansas Top-5 Time
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