Arkansas Stretches Dual Meet Win Streak to 13

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, October 26. ARKANSAS stretched its dual meet win streak to 13 on Saturday afternoon with a dominating performance over the University of Nebraska, rolling by the Cornhuskers 205-95.

Arkansas Press Release

The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team rolled to a 13th consecutive dual meet win Saturday by defeating Nebraska at home 205-95. The Razorbacks collected 14 of 16 event wins, highlighted by first-, second- and third-place sweeps in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke.

“We just take one thing at a time, one training session at a time, one week at a time, and one meet at a time,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “We certainly weren’t ready for this meet until 11 a.m. today. We just try to stay very focused on the next right thing, doing what’s in front of us, and doing it at an extremely high level.”

Senior diver Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada) also led a strong performance on the boards, earning her first zone qualification score on the 3-meter board with a winning score of 291.00. She bested last week’s zone qualifying score on the one-meter board with a second-place score of 284.40.

Arkansas started off the dual meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. The Razorback team of sophomore Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas), junior Nikki Daniels (Wichita, Kan.), junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.), and sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) finished the race in 1:41.76.

The 1,650 freestyle was the first event swept by Arkansas. Junior Lauren Jordan (Carmel, Ind.) led the Razorbacks with a first-place finish in 16:53.12. She was followed by senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) in second in 17:00.8 and senior Julia Kucherich (York, Pa.) taking third in 17:09.50.

The Razorbacks followed that performance with another sweep in the 200 freestyle. Drolc placed first in 1:50.95 followed by sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) in 1:52.06 and freshmen Leia Bates (San Antonio, Texas) finishing third with a time of 1:53.09.

Daniels won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.27, and led the contingency of Razorbacks who swept the 200 breaststroke. Daniels placed first in 2:18.18, followed by junior Julia Banach (Eilat, Israel) in second place in 2:19.36 and freshman Mary Margaret Soderberg (San Antonio, Texas) in third in 2:23.12.

Arkansas swept Nebraska again in the 200 backstroke, led by Jordan with a time of 2:03.50. Kucherich finished second in 2:05.44 and freshman Sarah Easterling (Cumberland, Maine) placed third in 2:05.89.

Mayfield took first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 55.67. She also had a winning time in the 500 freestyle finishing in 4:53.64.

Freshman Katie Kearbey placed second for the Razorbacks in the 200 butterfly in 2:04.69, missing first place by a mere .58.

White placed first for Arkansas in the 50 freestyle recording a time of 23.02 and earned another win in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.10.

Wins were also posted by senior Aubrey Golbek (Noblesville, Ind.) in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.18 and by Drolc in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.94.

The Arkansas team of Drolc, White, Monroe and senior Shelby Cox (Little Rock, Ark.) ended the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.51).

The Arkansas swimming and diving team will travel to Springfield, Mo., for a dual meet against Missouri State on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Arkansas is undefeated against Missouri State, holding the 8-0 record.

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Nebraska Press Release

Despite victories from junior Natalie Morris and freshman diver Anna Filipcic, the Nebraska swimming and diving team dropped its nonconference battle with Arkansas on Saturday 205-95.

Morris earned Nebraska’s first victory of the day, finishing the 200-yard butterfly in 2:04.11. The junior won the event for the second time in as many meets for the Huskers. Morris would later add third place finishes in both the 100 fly (57.71) and 200 IM (2:08.93).

Filipcic notched her second-straight victory in the one-meter dive, posting a score of 295.35. The freshman bettered her previous score of 279.30 that earned her a win in the event against Iowa State. Filipcic’s second-place score of 289.88 in the three-meter dive also beat the score she earned against the Cyclones.

Shannon Guy and Taryn Collura both picked up a pair of second-place finishes for the Huskers on the day. Guy earned runner-up in the 100 breast (1:04.93) and 100 fly (57.09), while Collura took second in the 50 free (23.42) and 100 free (51.85).

Other top individual performers for the Huskers were Jacqueline Juffer, taking second in the 100 back (57.29), and Payton Michaud, garnering third in both the one- (253.43) and three-meter (273.15) dives.

In the relays, the Huskers took second in both events. The 200-yard medley relay team of Morris, Guy, Collura and Juffer finished with a time of 1:43.82, while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Guy, Collura, Alex Bilunas and Bria Deveaux finished in 1:34.66.

For Arkansas, All-Americans Lauren Jordan (1,650 free and 200 back) and Nikki Daniels (100 and 200 breast) each won two events to lead the way. Anna Mayfield (100 back and 500 free), Nina Drolc (100 and 200 free) and Susanna White (50 free and 100 fly) also chipped in two wins apiece for the Razorbacks. Overall, Arkansas won 14 of the meet’s 16 events en route to victory.

The Huskers have nearly three weeks to prepare for their second home competition of the season, a double dual with Iowa and South Dakota State. The meet with the Hawkeyes and Jackrabbits will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Devaney Natatorium. Check back in to for any and all updates regarding the Nebraska swimming and diving team.

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