Hogs Drop Tough Test at No.11 Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas. – Arkansas fell to SEC foe No.11 Texas A&M 162-130 Saturday afternoon inside the Student Recreation Center Natatorium.
Sprinter Anna Hopkin ended the meet with three first-place finishes and a NCAA ‘B’ cut. The first victory for Hopkin was in the 50 free (22.42). Her second showing was in the 100 free, touching the wall at 49.01 to earn herself a NCAA ‘B’ cut time. Hopkin closed out the meet with teammates Emma Hultquist, Kobie Melton and Molly Moore taking the 400 free relay by over three seconds.
Peyton Palsha had a strong meet, earning podium finishes in all of her events. The distance swimmer started off the meet claiming a second-place finish in the 1650 free finishing the race at 16:58.29. She then swam the 500 free, finishing the event at 4:54.29 to finish first. She capped her day shortly after, snagging a second-place finish in the 400 IM (4:26.35).
Vanessa Herrmann added points for the Razorbacks with a second-place finish in the 200 breast (2:19.64) and a third-place finish in the 400 IM (4:28.32).
Estilla Mosena was the sole diver to obtain any podium finishes for the Razorbacks. The Trieste, Italy, native earned two first-place finishes for the Razorbacks in the 3-meter (287.93) and the 1-meter (337.05).
Arkansas Head Coach Neil Harper
“We came here to compete against the four-time defending SEC Champions and won six events. It was always going to be a challenge especially a second day on the road. We displayed pride, confidence and a belief in our hard work. Esti, Peyton and Anna led the way with five of our six wins, and we finished the meet with a relay win in a great time. Our team is right where we need to be, tired yet dedicated and patient to focus on preparing for SECs and NCAAs.”
Arkansas Head Diving Coach Dale Schultz
“Esti had an exceptional day on both boards. I am extremely excited about her progress. For Esti to be on the road and not have been in the Texas A&M facility prior to warming up today along with winning both events say a lot about her maturity as an athlete.”
The Razorbacks will be back in the pool Feb. 1 to face Kansas for their last dual meet of the 2019-20 season.
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