COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Sophomore Susanna White set a new school record clocking a 53.53 in the 100 butterfly in the morning preliminaries of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championship. Led by White’s top-notch swim, Arkansas placed four swimmers in the event finals, which begin at approximately 6 p.m.
White’s 53.53 in the 100 fly broke former swimmer Katie Whitbeck’s time of 53.95 set in 2011 earned her a spot in the ‘C’ finals putting her in scoring position for the Razorbacks. The record marks the ninth school record to fall under new head coach Sean Schimmel this season.
The 100 fly prelims brought more success for the Razorbacks as each swimmer competing in the event earned a personal-best time. Liz Braun finished 33rd (54.86), Shana Lim placed 33rd (54.86), Aubrey Golbek nabbed 38th (55.96), and Rebekah Harvey picked up 45th overall (56.84).
The 200 free preliminaries were filled with more top swims as sophomore Lauren Jordan took the top finish for the Razorbacks and while doing so recorded a personal-best time of 1:47.01. She was in a close battle with teammate Anna Mayfield throughout the race, as Mayfield led with 50 yards to go, but it was Jordan who touched first for the top time. The finish earned her a slot in the ‘B’ finals and Mayfield will represent Arkansas in the ‘C’ finals. Freshman Nina Drolc swam a personal-best time of 1:48.37 and secured a spot as an alternate for the finals.
Junior Julia Kucherich posted the 17th-fastest preliminary time in the 400 individual medley to put her in the ‘C’ finals tonight. Freshman Tera Bradham also placed herself in the ‘C’ finals with a time of 4:20.31.
The Razorbacks will return to the pool tonight at 6 p.m. for the evening finals. PRELIMINARIES: 400 IM 17th — Julia Kucherich — 4:17.39 % 23rd — Tera Bradham — 4:20.31 27th — Rachel Kessler — 4:26.15 % 100 Butterfly 11th — Susanna White — 53.53 & % ! 28th — Liz Braun — 54.86 & 33rd — Shana Lim — 55.24 & 38th — Aubrey Golbek — 55.96 & 45th — Rebekah Harvey — 56.84 & 200 Free 15th — Lauren Jordan — 1:47.01 % & 17th — Anna Mayfield — 1:47.06 % 26th — Nina Drolc — 1:48.37 (alternate) & 38th — Nicole Menzel — 1:48.69 & 38th — Rachel Stoehr — 1:50.54 & 19th — Sigrun Sverrisdottir — 1:51.52 38th — Maddie Monroe — 1:51.75 & * Indicates top-8 finish & Indicates personal best % Indicates NCAA ‘B’ Cut time ! Indicates school record Fans looking to follow the swimming and diving team as they compete in the SEC Championships can do so by tuning in to the live blog and live video stream on ArkansasRazorbacks.com and following the Razorbacks on Twitter (@RazorbackSwim). For more information regarding Razorback swimming & diving or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.