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Swimming and diving to make waves at Red-White meet

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Swimming and diving to make waves at Red-White meet

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team begins the 2007-08 season with the Red-White meet Saturday at 9 a.m. inside the Arkansas Natatorium. The Lady Razorbacks split their squad of 26 into a red team and a white team and compete against each other in an 11-event scrimmage. Admission is free to the public. “We didn’t have an opportunity to hold the Red-White meet last year,” said head coach Jeff Poppell. “There is a much different team dynamic this year that allows us to split the squad and stand up and compete. There are two goals we’re looking to accomplish this weekend. First, competing with each other which gets us in that mindset prior to the Georgia, North Texas meet. Second, we have so many new swimmers and they’re all pretty versatile, so it gives us an opportunity to see them race and helps us make decisions as to what our lineups will look like in dual-meet competitions.” Twelve newcomers, including all-Americans, state champions and U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers, join the 13 returning Lady’Backs who are led by this year’s seniors, Emily Gregory, Katie McGraw and Tifanie Silver. Arkansas is coming off of one of its most impressive seasons in recent years, turning in 89 personal-best times and finishing the season with a 4-4 regular season dual-meet record. The 2007-08 recruiting class nearly doubled the size of the swimming roster and was ranked fifth in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com. Four incoming freshmen, Jamie Marks, Ashley Largo, Katie Kastes and Erica Totten, were named to the CollegeSwimming.com Top 100 Recruits list. The Lady’Backs have been training for seven weeks and are eager to for a competitive outlet. “We’re training prior to the meet and we’re competing as a supplement to the training we’re doing,” said Poppell. “Typically on Saturdays, as part of our training plan, we’ll actually do some fast swimming from a dive, so we’ll be able to continue doing that in a meet format.” Arkansas’ season opener is Friday, Oct. 12 at the Arkansas Natatorium against perennial powerhouse Georgia and North Texas. “As a program and as a team it’s going to be a fun and exciting year for us,” Poppell said. For more information about Arkansas swimming and diving, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



Sports Category : Swimming & Diving (W)