Razorbacks Set To Open 2016 At Auburn

Q&A: Catching Up With Head Coach Sean Schimmel

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Coming off a strong showing in the fall, Arkansas swimming and diving looks to maintain momentum as it opens up the 2016 portion of its schedule at No. 9 Auburn on Friday. The Meet is slated for an 11 a.m. start inside the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

Cruising past its competition, the No. 24 nationally ranked Razorbacks went 3-0 in dual meets this fall, with wins over Nebraska, Kentucky and No. 12 Tennessee. In addition, head coach Sean Schimmel’s squad picked up first-place finishes at both the Rice Invitational and Georgia Tech Invitational.

The Razorbacks garnered five individual weekly honors throughout the fall.

Oct. 13: Nicole Gillis (SEC Diver of the Week)

Oct. 27: Anna Mayfield (SEC Swimmer of the Week/College Swimming National Swimmer of the Week)

Oct. 27: Madison Strathman (Freshman of the Week)

Dec. 8: Madison Strathman (Freshman of the Week)

The four SEC honors are already just one shy of the most in a single season in school history. Arkansas garnered five weekly individual honors in both 2008 and 2013.

Arkansas is no stranger to competing on the road. Having hosted just one meet at the Arkansas Natatorium this fall, the Razorbacks took their talents with them to several opposing venues and performed at a high level. Arkansas’ road slate included a near 50-point win at Nebraska, the program’s first win ever at No. 12 Tennessee and two first-place finishes at both the Rice Invitational and Georgia Tech Invitational.

After Auburn, the Razorbacks will then return home for their final two regular-season meets, playing host to Vanderbilt, Houston and Clemson on Jan. 22-23 and Illinois on Jan. 30.  Arkansas will travel to Columbia, Missouri for the SEC Championships which will take place from Feb. 16-20.

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