FAYETTEVILLE – Red won the University of Arkansas’ intra-squad meet with a total of 139 points during the team’s first public exhibition this season inside the Arkansas Natatorium on Friday. The Black squad placed closely behind in second with 135 total points.
Senior captains Aubrey Golbek and Lizzy Whitbeck chose the two teams that competed in the intra-squad meet, which featured only swimming events. All swimmers participated in three heats of 50-yard backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. Selected swimmers participated in one heat of 150 backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle, and 100 individual medley. The team also swam in a 200 freestyle relay.
The first event of the meet was the 50-yard backstroke. Nina Drolc, Golbek and Susanna White each led their respective heats, placing first. White took the top finish overall, earning points for the Black team. Mayfield and Golbek placed second and third, respectively. Sarah Easterling, Julia Banach and Nikki Daniels took first place in their heats in the 50 breaststroke. Daniels placed first overall for Red, followed by White and Banach. White, Maddie Monroe and Drolc won their heats in the 50 fly. White’s finish topped the group overall, followed by Monroe and Golbek in second and third, respectively. In the 50 freestyle, Monroe, Drolc and White topped their heats. Again, White placed first overall for the team. Drolc placed second, and Monroe took third.
The four heats of 50 yards were followed by single heats of 150 yards. Anna Mayfield touched the wall first in the 150 back, followed by Lauren Jordan, Julia Kucherich and Shelby Cox. Mary Margaret Soderberg won the heat of 150 breaststroke, followed by Easterling, Erika McGovern and Rebekah Porter. Katie Kearbey won the heat of 150 fly, followed by Rebekah Harvey and Anna Williams. In the 150 freestyle, Drolc placed first, followed by Monroe and Rachel Stoehr. White took first in the 100 individual medley, followed by Golbek, Banach and Whitbeck.
The meet concluded with a 200 freestyle relay completion. Red’s ‘A’ squad of Mayfield, Drolc, Stoehr and Golbek finished in first place.
The team also scored points in a series of extra events. Soderberg scored points for Red by taking first place in the Rochambeau competition. The spirit award for the Rochambeau competition was awarded to Red, as well. Mayfield scored points for Red in the cannonball competition. Williams and Banach placed second and third, respectively. Black team’s Whitbeck placed first in the belly-flop competition, and Black won the overall on-deck spirit award.
The intra-squad meet is one of four events hosted by Razorback swimming and diving. Its first home dual meet will take place Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. against Nebraska. The Razorbacks will face Rice and Clemson at noon on Jan. 25, and return the following week on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. to face Vanderbilt and Kansas on Senior Day.
The Razorback swimming and diving team will be on the road for its first competition of the season at the North Texas Relay Invitational in Southlake, Texas, on Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. The team will also face North Texas in a dual meet in Denton, Texas, on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.
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