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The Daily Call – Feb. 18, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – Feb. 18, 2014

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of The Daily Call! Today we preview @RazorbackSwim’s upcoming week at the SEC Championships and sit down for a Q&A with one of the team’s swimmers, plus give you a chance to win free @RazorbackBSB tickets.

@RAZORBACKSWIM SET FOR SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Arkansas swimming and diving team will compete at the SEC Championships held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., from Tuesday to Saturday. The team enters championship season with a dual meet record of 9-1 (3-1 SEC). During the regular season, 10 swimmers earned NCAA ‘B’ cut times across 11 events and four divers recorded NCAA zone-qualifying scores over three events. For the full preview, schedule of events and information on how to follow along this week, click here.

The Daily Call caught up with senior swimmer Shelby Cox as she prepares for her final SEC Championships meet.

Q: What has the team been doing in Athens to mentally and physically prepare for the meet?

A: Sunday we experienced some crazy travel issues. Our plane was delayed two hours, which was very frustrating, but the team stayed relaxed and still had a ton of fun playing charades in the airport. There are always some things you can’t control and we didn’t let the delays affect us. We’re having two practices on Monday, and so far we’ve all been trying to get comfortable with the pool and flush out the travel. Mentally, we are still a while out from competing, so the team is just trying to stay relaxed and adjust to the new surroundings.

Q: What is the mood of the team entering competition today?

A: We are all extremely excited for this coming week. All our hard work and training has led to this week, and the anticipation is crazy. The team has really bonded over this shared enthusiasm and I know we can’t wait to see what we’re capable of this week.

Q: What are some of the team goals this week?

A: I know everyone is looking to swim personal best times in their races. We are also trying to place higher than last year in the overall rankings. Specifically, we want girls to place in the top 24, and especially the top eight of their races. We really want as many girls as possible to quality for NCAAs too.

Q: What is the strategy for handling a meet that is five days long?

A: Coach Sean is always telling us to "turn it on" at the pool, but more importantly "turn it off" once we leave. That is so important in a meet as long as SECs. You really have to take the meet one day at a time, and one race at a time. It is easy to get overwhelmed with so many people and so many things going on, but this team is more than ready for the challenge.

Q: What are you most looking forward to during the week?

A: This is the last meet of my swimming career. I am so excited to spend my last days as a swimmer with this incredible group of women on the best team in the country. I hope to swim best times in all my races, but more importantly I want to savor every memory of this meet and enjoy my final moments as a Razorback swimmer.

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