NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arkansas women’s swimming downed the Vanderbilt Commodores, 152-103, Saturday afternoon in the Centennial Sportsplex. The Razorbacks picked-up 12 event wins on the day to surge past the ‘Dores.
“It’s certainly good to get an SEC win at Vanderbilt on the road,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “We had some good things happen today and some things to work on. We have two more dual meet competitions before our championship meets. It was a good step after not competing for six weeks, hopefully we’re going to build on this win and bring it into our training.”
Arkansas’ ‘A’ 200 medley relay team of junior Anna Mayfield, seniors Nikki Daniels and Susanna White and junior Nina Drolc opened meet action with a dominating win, clocking a time of 1:44.03 to pace the Razorbacks for the rest of the meet.
In the 200 freestyle, Arkansas (2-3, 1-3 SEC) went 1-2-3, led by Mayfield (1:49.90) and followed by Drolc (1:51.59) and junior Rachel Stoehr (1:52.56).
Arkansas recorded 12 wins in 14 events in the contest. Mayfield snagged two individual first-place finishes, touching the wall first in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke (1:58.80). Freshman Chelsea Tatlow also finished with a pair of first-place finishes, topping her competition in the 100 backstroke (56.29) and 200 IM (2:04.81). Sophomore Mary Margaret Soderberg snagged her first event win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:21.54.
Swimming the remaining first place finishes was sophomore Aiden Lister (1,000 freestyle, 10:14.92), Daniels (100 breaststroke, 1:04.48), White (50 freestyle, 23.68), freshman Jessie Garrison (200 butterfly, 2:04.03) and Stoehr (500 freestyle, 4:58.56).
The Razorbacks’ ‘A’ 200 freestyle relay of Drolc, junior Maddie Monroe, Mayfield and White closed the competition with a win, clocking a time of 1:35.09.
Arkansas logged five second-place finishes in the contest. The runner-up finishes came from freshman Chole Hannam (1,000 freestyle, 10:19.31), Monroe (100 freestyle, 51.94), Tatlow (200 backstroke, 1:58.80), senior Julia Banach (200 breaststroke, 2:23.01) and freshman Olivia Weekley (100 butterfly, 56.73).
“We talk about championship effort and mentality and you’re either doing that or you’re not,” said Schimmel. “That’s where we have to be with our training, our health, where we are academically and with everything that we do. If we take that attitude moving forward we’ll have a good championship season.”
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