The Razorback swimming and diving team has put a bow on the regular season, and the postseason has begun with the Southeastern Conference Championships.

The championship meet, held in Athens, Ga., runs through Saturday evening.

Arkansas’ first day featured a school-record time in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

The relay team of Anna Mayfield, Rachel Stoehr, Lauren Jordan and Nicole Menxel set the program record with a time of 7:08.61.

The time was 2.26 seconds better than the previous record and earned the Razorbacks fifth place overall.

“The 800 freestyle relay, that was certainly the highlight of tonight. Those four girls really came together," head coach Sean Schimmel said. “All four of them swam really well. We got a team record by a couple of seconds. That was pretty sharp.”

In the 200 medley relay, another record nearly fell for the Hogs.

Mayfield, juniors Nikki Daniels and Susann White and sophomore Nina Drolc swam for the team’s eighth-place finish overall. The time also ranked as the second-fastest in Arkansas history.

“The 200 medley relay was really good. It’s a different relay than we had last year with some different people on there,” Schimmel said. “Getting what we got in that 200 medley was good. We had some people go faster, so some good things really showed up in that.”

In the one-meter diving, Kesha Naylor scored 14 points for the Razorbacks with a 13th-place finish.

Naylor’s score of 271.25 was her eighth NCAA zone-qualifying score this season.

The Razorbacks finished day one in ninth-place after the first finals session with a total of 108 points and will continue with many Razorbacks still to compete.

 

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