FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the third consecutive year in a row, Arkansas swimming and diving will send seven swimmers to the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C., March 19-21. Seven Razorbacks ties the program-high attendance set in 2013, which was matched in 2014.
Arkansas swimmers are set to participate in 10 individual events and four relays, tying for the most events in program history.
“We’re really excited,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to go this year and represent Arkansas the way that we should be. We’re happy to have the same number we’ve had the past few years, but for us right now it’s about what we have in front of us. It’s about to the meet and scoring and making an impact.”
Seniors Nikki Daniels and Susanna White, juniors Anna Mayfield, Maddie Monroe, Nina Drolc and Rachel Stoehr, and freshman Chelsea Tatlow will all represent Arkansas on the main stage.
The 800 free relay team of Mayfield, Monroe, Stoehr and Tatlow will look to best the program record they set at the 2015 SEC Championships. The time of 7:05.96 was an NCAA ‘A’ cut time, the third ‘A’ cut relay time in school history.
Tatlow represents the first Arkansas freshman swimmer since the 2008 NCAA Championships to qualify in an individual event. In addition to Arkansas’ relays, the Columbia, Missouri native will look to compete in the 200 and 400 IM and 200 backstroke.
“It’s just really exciting,” said Schimmel of Tatlow. “She put together two really good swims in the 200 and 400 IM and on was a member of the 800 Free Relay that got the ‘A’ cut. She’s obviously a big player. As a freshman coming in here, she stepped it up, she swam really well when it counted and she gets to go to the show now and take a step up.”
Daniels will make her third appearance at the NCAAs, swimming both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. At the 2013 NCAAs, Daniels placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke, earning an All-American title. Daniels enters the competition as the No. 12 seed in the 100 breaststroke and will look to also compete in Arkansas’ 400 medley relay.
The championship marks Mayfield’s third trip to the NCAAs and second time swimming in individual events. This year, Mayfield will swim in the 500 and 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Mayfield enters the competition as the No. 17 seed in the 200 backstroke and No. 15 seed in the 500 freestyle. Mayfield will also contribute to the Razorbacks’ relays.
Monroe is making her first appearance at the NCAAs, swimming individually in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Supplementary to her solo swims, Monroe will also aid Arkansas’ relays.
In addition to the 800 free relay, Arkansas will also compete in the 200 and 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay. On hand to contribute to the Razorbacks’ relays is Stoehr, White and Drolc.
Arkansas diving is prepped for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa March 9-12. The Razorback swimming team will next take to the pool in the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on March 19-21.
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