Mayfield, Strathman Earn Conference Awards

FAYETTEVILLE-Ark. Senior Anna Mayfield and freshman Madison Strathman earned awards from the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday based on their performances at the Rice Invitational on Oct. 23-24. The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team was victorious at the Rice Invitational and broke a total of six facility records at the two-day event.

Mayfield earns SEC Female Swimmer of the week after having stellar performances at the Rice Invitational. She was responsible for five facility records broken and nine first-place finishes at the Rice Invitational. She aided Arkansas to three relay facility records broken at the two-day, three session meet against Rice, Incarnate Word and Houston. Mayfield placed first in the 100 backstroke (55.37) and shattered the facility record. The same day, she won the 200 backstroke (1:58.28) and broke another facility record. Mayfield also won the 500 freestyle (4:51.36) and the 200 freestyle (1:50.71) contributing 80 individual points. In total, she contributed 130 points to Arkansas overall total and broke two individual facility records and three relay facility records.

“Anna is definitely a big player for our team. She had a strong weekend and got better through out. She had big goals this year and she is laying a foundation to give herself a shot at making those goals happen.” Head coach Sean Schimmel said. “Anna is very competitive and always impacting us with fast swims, breaking records and scoring points. But she does a great job remembering to have fun and goof around with her teammates.”

Mayfield’s Results: 

  • 400 Medley Relay- 3:45.02 (1st place) 10 points
  • 500 Freestyle- 4:51.36 (1st place) 20 points
  • 800 Freestyle Relay- 7:26.61 (1st place) 10 points
  • 200 Medley Relay- 1:45.72 (1st place) 10 points
  • 200 Freestyle- 1:50.71 (1st place) 20 points
  • 100 Backstroke- 55.37 (1st place) 20 points
  • 200 Freestyle Relay- 1:35.96 (1st place) 10 points
  • 200 Backstroke- 1:58.28 (1st place)- 20 points
  • 400 Freestyle Relay- 3:26.72 (1st place) 10 point

Only having three collegiate swim meets under her belt, freshman Strathman earns SEC Freshman of the Week. Strathman got off to a great start in her college career after earning a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.41) and third place in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.43). She also swam breaststroke for the 400 medley relay that broke the facility record. In the 200 individual medley, with a time of 2:07.90, the freshman swimmer placed seventh. Strathman was responsible for 68 points in Arkansas’ overall score.

Schimmel said, “Madison has great work ethic and has been very consistent so far this season. Combined with her willingness to increase her skill level, she has put herself in a spot to swim well early on in the season. As a freshman, we are looking to continue to build that foundation.

Strathman’s Results:

  • 400 Medley Relay- 3:45.02 (1st place) 10 points
  • 200 Individual Medley- 2:07.90 (7th place) 12 points
  • 200 Medley Relay- 1:45.72 (1st place) 10 points
  • 100 Breaststroke- 1:06.43 (3rd place) 16 points
  • 200 Breaststroke- 2:19.41 (1st place) 20 points

The Razorbacks traveled to Houston, Tex. for the Rice Invitational this past weekend and come out victorious. The team is 3-0 so far in the 2015-16 season and looking to continue to dominate in the pool. Arkansas won the Rice Invitational with a total of 1162 points, with Rice following with 945 points. In third, Houston had a total of 743 points and Incarnate Word finished fourth with 548 points.

“I am very excited for our student athletes that are performing well and earning these honors. As an head coach, it is an award that I value greatly, especially in such a competitive conference.” Schimmel said.


The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee on Nov. 6 to compete against the Volunteers.

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