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Siow breaks school record finishes fourth in 200y IM

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Siow breaks school record finishes fourth in 200y IM

ATHENS, Ga. — Arkansas senior Yi-Ting Siow set a school record on the way to a top-five finish in the 200-yard individual medley Thursday night at the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships inside the University of Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Siow recorded a school-record time of 1 minute, 56.59 seconds in a 200y IM qualifying heat, breaking the previous school record of 1:57.82 that she set in last year’s NCAA championships.

In Thursday’s final, she touched in at 1:56.75 to finish fourth.

After the second day of competition, the 20th-ranked Razorbacks are sitting in ninth with 90 points, after scoring 44 points Thursday. Georgia leads the field with 300 points, followed by Florida in second with 266.

Freshman Chelsea Franklin picked up a 14th-place finish for Arkansas in the 500y freestyle with a career-best time of 4:46.93, bettering the 4:47.09, she swam in the preliminaries. Jamie Marks touched in at a career-best 4:47.99 to finish in 15th.

In the consolation final of the 50y freestyle, junior Megan Haskins stopped the clock at 23.22 to place 15th. Haskins represents the first Arkansas swimmer to qualify in the top 16 in this event under Poppell.

The 200y freestyle team of Haskins, Lynette Ng, Dannica Brennan and Katie Whitbeck finished seventh with a time of 1:33.21.

In the women’s 3-meter diving preliminaries, sophomore Alex Roman earned a 13th-place finish with a mark of 283.85. That mark showed just over a 70-point improvement from her score at last year’s SEC championships. Liana Bugslag posted a 242.75 to place 21st.

In the morning’s action, Arkansas set a total of five personal best times in the 200y IM. Along with Siow, Brennan (2:02.97), Lisa Lunkeheimer (2:04.75), Leah Pierce (2:04.86) and Katie Davis (2:05.01) all posted the fastest times of their careers. Freshman Haley Smith touched in at 2:06.37 in the fourth of seven preliminary heats.

Juniors Ashley Largo (4:52.33) and Erica Totten (4:52.38) each posted NCAA provisional qualifying times in morning 500y freestyle action. Largo’s time earned her a first-place finish in her heat. Sophomore Alison Templin touched in at 4:52.34 as did Jillienne Schilling in 4:51.66, Sigrun Sverrisdottir in 4:55.13 and Sarah Howard in 4:56.19.

In the preliminaries of the 50y freestyle event, Ng touched in at 23.51.

Friday begins with preliminaries in the 400y IM at 10 a.m. EST followed by the 100y butterfly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, and the 100y backstroke. The women’s platform diving event will take place Saturday. The evening session will conclude with the 400y medley relay.

Live video and results from both sessions Friday will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)