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Swimming and diving faces two top-25 teams Saturday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Swimming and diving faces two top-25 teams Saturday

FAYETTEVILLEUniversity of Arkansas swimming and diving returns to action Saturday at 11 a.m. traveling to Auburn, Ala., to face No. 5 Auburn and No. 22 Florida State.

The dual meet marks the Lady Razorbacks’ last double-dual meet before competing in the Southeastern Conference Championship Feb. 20-23.

“Saturday is going to be a great test,” said head coach Jeff Poppell. “It will get us in the mindset of competing against the best before SECs.”

Arkansas comes into Saturday’s meet winning 12 out of 13 events and cruising to a 195-38 win over Vanderbilt on Jan. 19. Junior Madison Palmer was named SEC Diver of the Week for her accomplishments. Palmer scored career-bests on the one and three meter springboards, setting a school record on the one meter with a 318.82.

Auburn dropped four spots in the rankings after losing to the Florida on Jan. 26. The Tigers are 6-1 this season and lead the all-time series against Arkansas 2-0.

Florida State last defeated Clemson on Jan. 26 in a close meet. The Seminoles host Florida Atlantic at home Friday before taking on the Lady’Backs and the Tigers on Saturday. FSU leads the all-time series 1-0.

Arkansas faced Auburn and Florida State in a double-dual meet in 2006 and was defeated by both teams.

The Lady’Backs received 50 votes towards the last CSCAA Top-25 Coaches’ Poll and hope to move back into the rankings after a strong showing this weekend.

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Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)