FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas women’s swimming hits the road to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, Tennessee on Jan. 10 at 11 a.m.
The Razorbacks boast three top-25 times in the nation and 22 top-25 times in the Southeastern Conference.
Arkansas (1-3, 0-3 SEC) returns to competition after a week-long successful winter training trip to Del Ray, Florida. Before its annual training trip, the Razorbacks swam to a second-place finish at the Georgia Tech Invitational (Nov. 22). The last meet Arkansas went toe-to-toe with a single opponent was when the Razorbacks routed the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their own pool on Nov. 8 (190-106).
At the Georgia Tech Invite, Arkansas saw multiple program records fall and senior Nikki Daniels sweep the both breaststroke events. Daniels blew away the breaststroke competition in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, winning each handily. In the 100, Daniels became one of the first swimmers in the nation to dip below the one minute mark with a time of 59.58, the fourth-fastest in school history, and clocked a 200 time of 2:11.66. Junior Anna Mayfield blew away the 500 freestyle field in the prelims, shattering her old record with a time of 4:39.67. Mayfield also downed a two-year old record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.62. Freshman Chelsea Tatlow emerged as dominant individual medley swimmer, clocking in the fifth-fastest time in Arkansas history with a time of 1:58.32 in the 200 IM.
After finding early season success in several tri-meets, Vanderbilt freshman breaststroker Kara Lucenti and senior backstroker Chrissy Oberg remain standouts on the squad. At the Georgia Tech Invitational, the Commodores tallied 449 points, good for fifth place. Vanderbilt will take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Jan. 9, the day before the Razorbacks take to the Centennial Sportsplex pool.
The Vanderbilt program does not participate in diving, so the Razorback diving team will remain in Fayetteville training for Arkansas’ home finale against Missouri State on Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.
- Senior Nikki Daniels’ 100 breaststroke time of 59.58 clocks in as the ninth fastest time in the nation thus far.
- Junior Anna Mayfield checks in at No. 11 in the nation with a time of 4:39.67 in the 500 freestyle.
- Freshman Chelsea Tatlow holds the No. 23 200 IM time in the nation (1:58.32).
- In the SEC, Arkansas holds 22 top-25 times, led by Mayfield who holds a team-leading four top-25 times (No. 13 100 backstroke (53.61), No. 9 200 backstroke (1:54.84), No. 11 200 freestyle (1:46.84), and No. 6 500 freestyle (4:39.67)).
- Daniels holds the highest swim for the Razorbacks in the league with the third-fastest 100 breaststroke (59.58) and seventh-fastest 200 breaststroke (2:11.66).
- Tatlow holds three top-25 times in the conference in the 200 backstroke (1:56.93), 200 IM (1:58.32) and 400 IM (4:13.71).
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