Another Full week at Razorback Swimming & Diving
The early fall semester is such an exciting time for us. We are in full practice mode, our fall sports are in mid-season, and we have begun the recruiting weekends.
In the water, training continues to progress quickly. We began our technique work on starts using a TIVO digital recorder. This allows us to film with a 45 seconddelay so that each swimmer gets the opportunity to climb out and watch their own start on film. Throughout the year, we will do a lot of work on the physics of a start and will constantly use video analysis of each swimmer. Early in the week, we began training with emphasis on speed, specifically for 200’s and were very pleased with the results. Many people were faster than they were a year ago and we even had two that were ahead of their lastyear’searly season meet times! We look forward to continued success in practice and can’t wait to share future results with you.
Madison Palmer,Maca Fulopand Coach Jameswatch as their dinnergoes up in smoke!
Our divers are also really cranking up the practice intensity. Head Coach Scott Reich is a firm believer in pounding the fundamentals and ourwomenhave been very patient working basic technique for a few weeks now. However this week, they have begun to throw the big dives and the swimmers heard their first real smack of the season. Congratulations to Brie Kushner for that feat!
In the weightroom, our program continues to show big strength gains for all of our athletes. We are so fortunate to have the biggest and nicest all-female facility in the country. With the space, equipment and staff that Arkansas provides to its female athletes, we can only expect amazing results.
Sarah Moll, Angela Kora,Lana Hass, Kristen Thibodeaux,Sam DeMotte and Lisa PetryTailgating before the game.
We were also thrilled to have had our first recruiting weekend come and go. The whole team was very excited and involved non-stop. Friday night was a team dinner at Shogun’s Japanese Steakhouse complete with chefs that cooked on our tables. We then moved on to both a women’s soccer and women’s volleyball game that evening. We had practice on Saturday and then a tailgate party (with no tailgate) at the home of Captain Kristen Thibodeaux. After hanging out there for a bit, we all headed to a football game.
Our stadium holds 72,000 people and when an SEC rival like the University of Alabama comes to town, it always sells out. The weather (like usual) was great, it was sunny and warm and a perfect day for football. The good guys won and Arkansas beat Alabama 27-10. On Saturday night, we had a team dinner at Coach Anne James’ house. There we were treated to a slideshow that Zsuzsa Csobanki took during her time at the Olympics. Her pictures were great but hearing her description of everything was priceless. After the dinner, some of the team went to see Dodgeball at a local drive-in theater. Sunday morning we said our “good-byes” to the recruits and sent them on their way. We felt very positive about the weekend and are looking forward to the next one.
The Razorback Marching Band- "The best in sight and sound"
Check in next week to see what’s happening with the H2OGS!