Arkansas Takes the Win on Senior Day
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- Arkansas Swim and Dive beat the Kansas Jayhawks on Friday afternoon, winning the meet 226-74.
The Razorback divers kept their great season going, as Maha Amer grabbed her first victory as a Razorback, winning the three-meter dive with a score of 366.60. Brooke Schultz (338.25) and Esti Mosena (325.65) followed suit and secured second and third place, respectively. They continued their great showing in the one-meter dive as well, with Schultz taking the win with a score of 329.48. Mosena (288.08) and Amer (287.18) followed by grabbing second and third place, respectively.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, senior Peyton Palsha broke the pool record and got the win with a time of 9:44.86. Vanessa Herrmann would win the 100 & 200 breaststroke while also breaking the pool record in the 100 breaststroke, with a time of 1:00.58. Adela Vavrinova (200 IM & 200 Butterfly) and Emily Barclay (50 & 100 Free) would also take home two individual wins on the day. Serena Gould touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle, followed by senior Kenedy Thaman, with a time of 1:50.63. The Hogs would cap off the day by taking first and second in the 400-yard freestyle. The ‘A’ team, consisting of Kobie Melton, Brittney Pike, Emily Barclay and senior Kenedy Thaman, would take first with a time of 3:21.28. The ‘B’ team, consisting of Maddie London, Molly Moore, Macy Lawerence and senior Alyssa Lemon, took second with a time of 3:24.92.
Head Coach Neil Harper: “I am just really excited for the team and for the seniors. They looked like they had fun. I was surprised with how hard we worked this week, how well they responded and how much they made the most of the opportunity. It was a good to get the number of fans and family that we had here. I thought the divers did a great job. We are positive and we are confident, and I cannot ask for more than that. I thought Kenedy, Alyssa and Peyton did a great job of swimming really well and leading by example today. They had fun, I saw smiles on their faces, it was a big day for them. Peyton breaking the pool record in the 1000 and Vanessa breaking the pool record in the 100 breast, those records are from NCAA’s or SEC’s, so for us to be doing that in the middle of the season is really good. I am so happy for them. I thought the freshman stepped up again and I think they have welcomed the challenge. They have realized they are on a good team and they are helping us build for the future. I love where we are and are looking forward to SEC’s.
The Razorbacks will rest up and get ready for the SEC tournament, which will go from February 17th– 20th.