ATHENS, Ga. — For the second night in a row, junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) set an Arkansas school record at the SEC Championships held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Night three of the five-day competition also included four personal-best marks and Razorbacks scored points in all events.
“It’s such a competitive situation,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “Points are at a premium. If you watch our girls on the pool deck, the dynamic that they have is really helping them perform at a high level. They’re staying relaxed, they’re having fun, they’re dancing with each other. That certainly, from our perspective, helps them perform at a high level. They’re in a really good spot and we have four more sessions to capitalize on that.”
White won the B Final of the 100-yard butterfly with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 52.90. She cut 0.32 seconds off the school record she set in the event last season.
“It’s always a highlight when we break a team record and do things that we’ve never done before,” said head coach Sean Schimmel. “For Suz to come back tonight and do something she’s never done before and take down her own team record, that was outstanding. The other three swims we had tonight were just almost as impressive. Maddie and Lauren both had lifetime bests. Julia’s 400 individual medley showed a lot from her as well. We had a really strong session tonight. We’re looking to build off that going into tomorrow.”
Sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) and junior Lauren Jordan (Carmel, Ind.) both made marks in the Arkansas record book in the 200 freestyle. Monroe swam a personal-best time of 1:46.92 in the C Final, the third-fastest time in Arkansas history. Jordan recorded a personal-best 1:46.96, the fourth-fastest time in program history. Both times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
Senior Julia Kucherich (York, Pa.) rounded out the Razorbacks in swimming events with a season-best, NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 4:15.70 in the C Final for the 400 individual medley.
On the diving side, sophomore Shelby Bartlett (Noblesville, Ind.) led the Razorbacks with a personal-best score of 301.50 in three-meter diving. Bartlett, senior Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada) and sophomore Hannah Bortnick (Mission Hills, Kan.) each posted NCAA zone-qualifying scores and scored points for the Razorbacks with their performances of the three-meter springboard.
“We had one diving event with three divers and all of them put points on the board for us,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “That’s the first time for Hannah and Shelby scoring points at the SEC Championships. Shelby doing her lifetime best at the SEC Championships, that’s the time to do it. When the lights come on, that’s your time to shine and she did it. That was just awesome today from them.”
Arkansas finished day three in sixth place after the third finals session with a total of 286 points.
The team returns to action Friday morning with competitors in three swimming events. Senior Aubrey Golbek (Noblesville, Ind.) and freshmen Katie Kearbey (Nevada, Mo.), and Anna Williams (Naperville, Ill.) are all scheduled to swim in the 200 butterfly prelims. The 100 backstroke slates Golbek, sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas) and freshman Sarah Easterling (Cumberland, Maine). The 100 breaststroke participants include juniors Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.) and Julia Banach (Eilat, Israel), sophomore Erika McGovern (Tulsa, Okla.) and freshman Mary Margaret Soderberg (San Antonio, Texas).
Diving returns to action on Saturday with the women’s platform diving event.
Swimming prelims begin at 9 a.m. CT. Finals will begin at 5 p.m.
Live streaming of the finals sessions will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Links to the live streams will be posted at ArkansasRazorbacks.com as they become available before competition. A 90-minute highlight show of the women’s competition will air on ESPNU on March 4 at 4:30 p.m.
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400 Individual Medley (Finals)
20th — Julia Kucherich (4:15.70) ^B
100 Butterfly (Finals)
9th — Susanna White (52.90) !@B
200 Freestyle (Finals)
11th — Lauren Jordan (1:46.96) !*B
18th — Maddie Monroe (1:46.92) !*B
3-Meter Diving (Prelims)
15th — Shelby Bartlett (301.50) !z
18th — Kesha Naylor (294.45) z
23rd — Hannah Bortnick (282.80) z
B – NCAA ‘B’ time
z — NCAA zone-qualifying score
! — Personal-best mark
^ – Season-best time
* – Arkansas top-five time
@ – Arkansas record