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Swimming and diving back at home

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Swimming and diving back at home

FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 20 University of Arkansas swimming and diving team is set to host Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. at the Arkansas Natatorium, its first home meet since October 20, 2011.

"There’s nothing like being at home," said Arkansas head coach Jeff Poppell. "We only had one competition at home all year so far and that was a great meet for us. We’re excited because every dual meet we have from here on out is at home."

The Razorbacks are coming off of a double-dual meet in State College, Pa., in which they defeated Navy 232.5-67.5 but fell to Penn State 167.5-132.5. Sophomore Kesha Naylor earned Southeastern Conference Diver of the Week honors, her second such award of the season, while Susanna White was named SEC Freshman of the Week.

"I thought it was a good meet, it was just disappointing that we lost to Penn State," Poppell said. "Our divers were fantastic coming off their winter training trip. From the swimming end, probably at least half our team had their best dual meet performances of either the season or their career. We were just disappointed that so many of the races that were tight went to them."

Naylor broke the school record on both the three-meter and one-meter boards with respective scores of 360.60 and 326.25. White’s impressive day included first place in the 200 IM (2:02.02), second in the 100 freestyle (51.27), and third in the 50 freestyle (23.51).

Arkansas divers swept the top three scorers on both boards, with senior Alex House finishing second and senior Liana Bugslag third in each event. The distance events were dominated by Razorbacks, with junior Chelsea Franklin placing first in both the 500 freestyle (4:52.63) and the 1,000 freestyle (9:59.73). Arkansas had the top three times in the 500 freestyle and the top two in the 1,000 free.

Senior Katie Whitbeck continued her successful season in butterfly events with a first-place finish in the 100 fly (55.52), and freshmen Nikki Daniels and Julia Banach finished second and third respectively in both the 100 and 200 breast.

Arkansas head coach Jeff Poppell is 4-0 against the Jayhawks during his tenure at Arkansas. The closest meet of Coach Poppell’s Razorback career came on Nov. 1, 2007, when Arkansas won at Kansas, 150.5-149.5.

The Jayhawks enter Saturday’s meet with a 5-3 dual meet record coming off an exciting win over Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 14. Kansas needed to place first, second and third in the 100 IM to complete a comeback, and were able to do so to defeat the Cornhuskers 155-145.

"Kansas always competes well against us," Poppell said. "We expect a good challenge from them this week. We’re very optimistic coming off of the meet we had this past weekend with our individual performances and the way the girls swam and dove."

Parking for Saturday’s meet against Kansas 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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Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)