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Seven rank in top 25

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Seven rank in top 25
FAYETTEVILLE– Seven University of Arkansas swimmers and three relay teams rank among the top 25 in the nation after just two weeks of competition, according to Collegeswimming.com. Sophomore Chelsea Franklin is ranked third in the nation in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:56.16. Franklin also ranked No. 8 in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:50.58, which she set at Tennessee on Oct. 16. She was only topped by Stanford and Tennessee’s Lindsay Gendron. Junior Alison Templin is in the top 25 of the 1,000 free also at No. 19.Also holding top spots in the rankings is junior Katie Whitbeck with a time of 1:49.30, good for eighth among the 200 freestylers. She is ranked14th in the 100 butterfly after stopping the clock at 55.59. Newcomer Nicole Menzel joins Whitbeck in the 21st spot of the 200 free with a time of 1:50.58. “We had a lot of lifetime-best times and in season-best times,” head coach Jeff Poppell said. “That much success this early is a great thing and it says we are in a pretty good starting point. I definitely see us continuing to get better as the season goes on.”Freshman Carly Mercer ranks No. 19 in the 50 free with 23.46 seconds and senior Jamie Marks is 19th in the 200 fly and 25th in the 200 breast events with times of 2:01.82 and 2:19.15, respectively. Sophomore Haley Smith worked her way to the 20th rank in the 200 backstroke by stopping the clock at 2:02.16. Mercer and Whitbeck, along with Sigrun Sverrisdottir and Alexandria Sutton made up the 200 free-relay group that is ranked ninth in the country with a time of 1:35.56. The 200 medley relay team, Smith, Erin Neumann, Lisa Lunkenheimer and Mercer, clocked 1:45.43 to take the 22nd spot. The third relay group in the top 25 is the 400 medley relay team that sits at No. 19. Smith, Neumann, Lunkenheimer and Courtney Hubbard swam the relay in 3:52.72 at the North Texas Relays on Oct. 8, to earn that spot. The Razorbacks return to the pool on Nov. 5 as they host South Carolina and Missouri at 2 p.m., at the Arkansas Natatorium.


Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)