AUBURN, Ala. – Led by program records set by juniors Anna Mayfield and Maddie Monroe, Arkansas women’s swimming and diving closed competition at the 2015 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center Saturday evening.
“This morning was one of our best sessions overall,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “To go top eight in the 200 back, 100 free and 200 breaststroke – that was so outstanding.”
After posting a program-best 200 backstroke in the prelims (1:52.98), Mayfield highlighted the Razorbacks scoring efforts with a sixth-place finish in the finals. The finish marks the highest finish for the San Antonio, Texas native who finished seventh last season.
“It was really exciting making it to the A finals,” said Mayfield. “Especially seeded that high in the prelims, then coming back at night and walking out, having my whole team yell for me was really exciting and I’m glad I finished higher than I did last year.”
In five days of action, Monroe added her name to the Arkansas record books five times at the championship. After downing Mayfield’s 200 free record on the third day of action, Monroe notched a program record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.71 in the prelims on the final day of the SEC Championships. In addition to her two records, Monroe also helped the Razorback 800 free, 200 free and 400 medley relays to program bests.
Monroe swam to a seventh-place finish in the 100 freestyle finals after entering the competition as the No. 8 seed.
Mayfield added her name to the top of the Arkansas record books four times at the 2015 Championships. Mayfield aided in three relay records (800 free relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay) and a pair of individual records (200 back, 200 free). In the final day of competition, Mayfield set the 200 backstroke record with a time of 1:52.98.
In the final day of the conference championship, senior Nikki Daniels followed up her impressive performance in the 100 breast with a second spot in the ‘A’ finals in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:09.89. To close the SEC Championship individual events, Daniels took to the ‘A’ 200 breast final where she touched the wall eighth place with a time of 2:11.88.
To open the prelims, Mayfield downed the 200 backstroke record and secured a spot in the A finals with a time of 1:52.98. Freshman Chelsea Tatlow followed Mayfield into the finals with a place in the C final with a time of (1:56.81).
Monroe was next to earn a spot in the top heat of the championships in the 100 freestyle. The junior touched the wall third in the final heat of the prelims with a time of 48.71 to place into the A final of the event as the No. 8 seed. Junior Nina Drolc also punched a ticket to the 100 freestyle C finals with a time of 49.43.
Sophomore Mary Margaret Soderberg then notched her fourth personal best of the championships with an NCAA B cut time of 2:15.89 in the 200 breaststroke while freshman Maddie Edwards clocked a career-best time of 2:22.99.
In the 1,650 freestyle, sophomore Aiden Lister snagged 19th place (16:35.18) while freshman Chloe Hannam set a personal best time of 16:49.00.
Tatlow clocked a new career-best time in the 200 backstroke in the ‘C’ final with a mark of 1:55.70 while Drolc handily won the ‘C’ final in the 100 freestyle, flirting with her career-best time of 49.28 with a time of 49.29.
The Razorbacks closed the 2015 SEC Championships with a fifth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay where Monroe, senior Susanna White, Drolc and Tatlow swam the second-fastest time in program history with a mark of 3:17.30.
Arkansas closed the competition in tenth place with a total of 465 points, the third-most points in school history.
DAY FIVE RESULTS
200 Backstroke (Prelims): T-3rd – Anna Mayfield (1:52.98!%), 18th – Chelsea Tatlow (1:56.81), 29th – Liz Braun (1:58.77)
200 Backstroke (Finals): 6th – Anna Mayfield (1:53.85), 18th – Chelsea Tatlow (1:55.70!)
100 Freestyle (Prelims): 8th – Maddie Monroe (48.71%!), 17th – Nina Drolc (49.43), 33rd – Susanna White (50.17)
100 Freestyle (Finals): 7th – Maddie Monroe (48.98#), 17th – Nina Drolc (49.29)
200 Breaststroke (Prelims): 6th – Nikki Daniels (2:09.89), 27th – Julia Banach (2:16.11), 26th – Mary Margaret Soderberg (2:15.89!), 43rd – Maddie Edwards (2:22.99!)
200 Breaststroke (Finals): 8th – Nikki Daniels (2:11.88)
1,650 Freestyle: 19th – Aiden Lister (16:35.18), 21st – Rachel Stoehr (16:37.86), 28th – Chloe Hannam (16:49.00!), 36th – Leia Bates (17:09.46)
400 Freestyle Relay: 5th – Maddie Monroe, Susanna White, Nina Drolc, Chelsea Tatlow (3:17.30#)
100 Butterfly: Taylor Weiss (55.26), Jessie Garrison (55.83!)
200 Butterfly: Olivia Weekley (2:02.17!)
! – Personal Best
% – Arkansas Record
# – Arkansas Top-5 Time
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