FAYETTEVILLE –The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team is set to host Vanderbilt for Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. inside the Arkansas Natatorium for its last regular season dual meet before the SEC Championships.
The Razorbacks will honor seniors Liana Bugslag, Alex House, Sarah Howard, Lisa Lunkenheimer, Courtney O’Grady, Jillienne Schilling, Alison Templin and Katie Whitbeck, as well as junior Kelsea Vance, as they swim for the final time at home.
"When these seniors were freshmen, we had the highest finish at the SEC Championships that we’ve ever had as a program," said Arkansas head coach Jeff Poppell. "These student-athletes have invested a lot in this program in their time here, and we’d like to send them off the same way at this year’s SEC Championships."
Arkansas is coming off of a dominating, 199-96, home win over Kansas on Jan. 21. They had the top performer in each event of the 16-event program, aside from the final two which they entered in exhibition. Freshman Julia Banach, junior Chelsea Franklin, senior Katie Whitbeck, and freshman Susanna White all won two events each.
The Razorbacks are looking to win back-to-back dual meets to end the regular season for the second straight year. Last season, they posted resounding home victories over Houston and Drury to head to the SEC Championships on a winning note. This season’s conference championships take place in Knoxville, Tenn., from Feb. 15-18.
"We love competing at home in front of a great crowd," Poppell said after the victory over Kansas. "The girls put a lot of work in over the course of the year, and they love to be able to show off the results of that in the form of a meet in front of a big crowd."
Vanderbilt will swim at Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday before travelling to Fayetteville for a second meet in two days. The Commodores enter the weekend coming off of losses to South Carolina 187-122, and East Carolina, 214-114, in a double dual meet on Friday, Jan. 27, in Columbia, S.C. Vanderbilt is 1-5 in dual meets this season, with the lone win coming against Marshall on Jan. 21.
"This should be a good final meet of the regular season against Vanderbilt," Poppell said. "At this point in the final two weeks, we’re trying to fine-tune and prepare for racing at the SEC Championships."
Swimming and diving fans will have plenty of promotions and giveaways to take advantage of at Saturday’s meet. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive Arkansas Razorback sunglasses straps, and all students will receive three RazorRewards for attending the meet. In addition, every time a Razorback wins an event in the pool or diving well, she will throw a t-shirt into the crowd.
Parking for Saturday’s swimming and diving meet will be available in Lots 44, 45, 59, 72, and the Stadium Drive Parking Deck. Hangtags or guest permits will not be necessary in any of those lots.
For more information about Razorback swimming and diving, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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