A quartet of Razorbacks recorded a combined six career-best times and one first-place finish in day one of competition at the Virginia Tech Invite.

Senior Molly Milborn began competition Saturday morning by breaking her career-best time in the 200-yard freestyle to qualify for the final Saturday night. In the final, Milborn set yet another career-best time finishing fourth with a time of just a shade under 1:55. Milborn cut a full second off her personal best time entering the meet.

Sophomores Jordan Kimmey and Rebekah Harvey also competed well Saturday. Kimmey placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle, and Harvey rounded out the Razorbacks with a ninth-place finish in the race.

Kimmey also swam to a career-best time of 5:06.65 in the 500-yard freestyle and a fourth-place finish, coming in 1.39 seconds faster than her previous best set earlier in the season at the Mizzou Invitational.

Senior Lizzy Whitbeck swam to a career-best time of 58.86 in the 100-yard backstroke, placing 10th and cutting 1.41 seconds off her previous best set back in 2011 in a dual meet against Florida.

Whitbeck also came in sixth place in the 100-yard butterfly final, and 11th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.92 seconds.

Sophomore Rebekah Porter swam her way to a pair of career-best times in the preliminary heats to begin the day. She timed out at 1:08.53 in the 100-yard breaststroke, punching her ticket to the final where she finished sixth in the event.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Porter recorded a career-best 24.59 in the preliminaries and finished seventh in the final.

And finally, sophomore Rachel Kessler won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:32.53, and also came in 13th in the 100-yard butterfly final with a time of a shade under one minute.

Competition at the Virginia Tech Invite will wrap up Sunday. Prelims for day two begin at 9 a.m. with the finals getting underway at 5 p.m.

 

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