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Razorback swimming and diving compete in an intersquad meet to prepare for the season.

The UA swimming and diving team will travel Oct. 3 to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the University of Nebraska Huskers for the first regular-season meet.

The Razorbacks have welcomed 10 freshman swimmers and divers to the team.

Coach Sean Schimmel’s squad competed Sept. 23 in an intrasquad meet in the campus swimming pool to help the team’s young players become acquainted with the process of a meet. The White team beat the Red team 152-84.

The Huskers also started the season with an intrasquad meet. The Cream team defeated the Scarlet team 144-105.

The Huskers return several key members, including NCAA qualifier senior Taryn Collura, from last season’s squad. Collura had three top-20 finishes and won multiple events at three different meets last year.

Nebraska concluded its 2014-15 run with a ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, but the Huskers did not have any NCAA qualifiers.

The Huskers’ head coach Pablo Morales is entering his 15th year at the helm and will look to seniors, such as Collura and Katie Ditter. Last season, Ditter earned 11 top-five finishes, including one second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.

After the meet against Arkansas, Nebraska will face Iowa State at home Oct. 9.

The Hogs had seven swimmers earn spots in last year’s NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. The Razorbacks competed in 10 individual events and four relays, according to Razorback Athletics.

The Hogs tied for 44th place with the University of Pittsburgh. It was the highest finish for Arkansas since 2013 when the team nabbed 26th place.

This season, three of those swimmers return, including seniors Anna Mayfield and Nina Drolc.

Mayfield is returning after concluding last season with a record-breaking performance in the NCAA championships. As the lead swimmer in the 400-yard medley relay, she swam the first 100 meters in 53.33 seconds, which is the fastest time in school history, according to Razorback Athletics. The previous record was Mayfield’s own time of 53.61.

Drolc participated in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Drolc, along with teammates Susanna White, Maddie Monroe and Mayfield, contributed to the program’s fifth best time in the event.

The Razorbacks will miss graduated Nikki Daniels, a leader on last year’s squad who earned two All-American honors during the championships for her efforts in the 100-yard breaststroke in her senior and sophomore seasons.

With a team GPA of 3.67, the Hogs secured the second highest GPA of all other swimming and diving programs in the country last season. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America chose 10 Razorbacks to be on the Scholar All-America team.

The Hogs will be back at home Oct. 10 to take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats for the team’s first conference meet.

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