JENKS, Okla. — The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team tallied 10 personal-best times on day two of the Speedo Sectional Championships in Jenks, Okla. Arkansas advanced six into the evening finals with three top-10 finishes.
The top-finisher for the Razorbacks was freshman Lyndsie Gibson who earned spots in multiple ‘A’ finals after two top-eight finishes off two personal-best swims. To start Gibson picked up a seventh-place finish in the 100 back with a personal-best time of 56.03. She returned to the pool in the next event to take a first-place finish in the 500 free prelims with a time of 4:56.63. In the finals Gibson took eighth-place in the 100 back with a time of 57.27 and second overall in the 500 free with a time of 4:53.68, breaking her personal best for the second time today and shaving nearly three seconds off.
“Lyndsie did an outstanding job racing tonight and has a big day ahead of her tomorrow,” assistant swimming coach Todd Mann said. “Erika also had a great 200 breast tonight. We are looking for strong finishes for the final day of competition tomorrow.”
Junior Shelby Cox concluded the 50 free prelims with a 23.87, seeding her third going into the evening finals. Cox would finish with a time of 24.03 in the ‘A’ final to place fifth overall for Arkansas. Cox also advanced to the ‘B’ finals in the 100 back with a prelim time of 58.22. The junior returned to the pool to put up a 58.70, finishing 16th overall.
Freshman Erika McGovern snagged a personal-best in the 200 breast with a time of 2:25.65 in the morning prelims, as she finished 10th overall. She returned in the final, clocking a new personal-best time of 2:24.41 for 11th overall.
Senior Courtney Hubbard also competed in the 500 free finals as she nabbed a top-16 finish in the morning, advancing to the evening finals where she finished 15th overall.
Arkansas returns to the pool tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the final day of the Speedo Sectionals.
Fans looking to follow the swimming and diving team as they compete in the Speedo Sectionals can do so by tuning in to ArkansasRazorbacks.com and following the Razorbacks on Twitter (@RazorbackSwim). TIMES: 200 IM 22nd — Lizzy Whitbeck — 2:10.24 41st— Jordan Kimmey — 2:12.26 & 49th— Erika McGovern — 2:13.13 & 50 Free Prelims 3rd — Shelby Cox — 23.87 * 40th — Rebekah Porter — 24.85 & 61st — Erika McGovern — 25.18 & 63rd — Molly Milborn — 25.24 73rd — Sevannah Vekas — 25.47 & 87th — Lizzy Whitbeck — 27.00 Finals 5th — Shelby Cox — 24.03 200 Breast Prelims 10th — Erika McGovern — 2:25.65 * & 32nd — Rebekah Porter — 2:30.09 & Finals 11th — Erika McGovern — 2:24.41 100 Back Prelims 7th — Lyndsie Gibson — 56.03 & 15th — Shelby Cox — 58.22 49th — Lizzy Whitbeck — 1:00.14 & Finals 8th — Lyndsie Gibson — 57.27 16th — Shelby Cox — 58.70 500 Free Prelims 1st — Lyndsie Gibson — 4:56.63 & 16th — Courtney Hubbard — 5:06.04 Finals 2nd — Lyndsie Gibson — 4:53.68 & 15th — Courtney Hubbard — 5:10.15 * Indicates advancement to finals & Indicates personal best