Razorbacks to Face the Dominant Bulldogs
The Arkansas women’s swimming and diving team will be taking part in their first Southeastern Conference meet against the Georgia Bulldogs Friday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville.
The Razorbacks had their first meet Saturday at the first Razorback Relays in Fayetteville, which is slotted to become an annual event. The Hogs took first place out of five teams and received 526 points. The team defeated Vanderbilt, North Texas, Southern Methodist and Missouri State.
The Hogs won nine of the 12 events. The meet marked Sean Schimmel’s first meet as head coach of the Razorbacks.
Arkansas took home first place in the 3×100 butterfly, the 3×100 backstroke relay, the 3×100 breaststroke relay, the three meter dive, the 3×500 freestyle relay, the 400 medley individual relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
The Razorbacks took second in the 800 freestyle relay, the three meter dive, the 500 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay and the 3×500 freestyle relay. The Hogs also took home third in the 200 freestyle relay.
Top swimmers for the Razorbacks included Nina Drolc, Shana Lim and Susanna White, who took home three first place finishes. Aubrey Golbek took home two first places and one second place.
Liz Braun earned a first, second and fifth-place finish. Nikki Daniels took home two first-place finishes along with a fourth-place finish. Taylor Temple also had two first-place finishes along with a third-place finish. Julia Banach had two first-place finishes as well as one fifth-place finish.
Nicole Menzel had one first-place finish along with Chelsea Franklin, Lauren Jordan, Tera Bradham and Maddie Monroe.
Razorback divers Kesha Naylor and Shelby Barltett took first and second in the three meter dive, respectively. Naylor also took first and Bartlett took third in the one meter dive.
The Georgia Bulldog women’s swimming and diving team will take part in their first meet on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Georgia Tech.
Georgia’s women’s swimming and diving team have an excellent history under head coach Jack Bauerle. Bauerle has been head coach of the Bulldog swim team for 30 years. He has lead the team to 242 victoires along with SEC and national titles. Bauerle has also coached at the Olympic level.
Last season, the Bulldogs won the Women’s Swimming and Diving SEC Championship with a team total of 720 points. The Razorbacks placed eighth with 210 points.
The Bulldogs then went on to place second in the 2011 NCAA Division 1 Championships with 366 points. Within the last 10 years, Georgia has won the NCAA Championships once and received runner-up six times.
The Razorbacks will be facing a tough, experienced Georgia Bulldog team. But the Razorbacks are hoping that their improvement shown during the offseason and at the Razorback Relays will play to their advantage and help them upset Georgia.