Two Top-5 Performances Highlight NCAA Day 2
AUSTIN, Texas- In the first day of competition for Arkansas at the 2019 NCAA D1 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Anna Hopkin and Brooke Schultz earned top-5 finishes and All-American honors.
The Hogs opened the second day of the meet with a 21st-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay, with Kobie Melton, Hopkin, Molly Moore, and Marlena Pigliacampi recording the fourth-fastest time (1:29.96) in program history. Peyton Palsha kicked off the individual events with the 500 yard freestyle, finishing in 55th place with a time of 4:48.51.
Hopkin was the first Razorback of the day to advance to the finals, taking fifth (21.63) in the 50 yard freestyle in the preliminary round. The Preston, England, native earned a fifth-place finish in the finals, setting a new program record with a time of 21.51.
Schultz was the second Razorback to advance to the finals, earning a second-place finish in the 1-meter preliminary round with a score of 331.70. The Fayetteville, Ark., native earned a fourth-place finish in the finals (334.35), five places ahead of her finish last season.
“It was a great day for the Razorbacks,” head coach Neil Harper said. “To end the day with two NCAA All-Americans is a great honor, so Brooke and Anna made us very proud today. Both ladies were in the hunt and performed well, and Anna broke a school record tonight so you can’t ask for much more than that. We are looking forward to 3-meter diving tomorrow, as well as the 100 yard freestyle and the mile on Sunday. ”
Following Thursday’s competition, Arkansas sits in 18th place with 29 points. The Hogs will return to the pool tomorrow, with the 400 yard IM preliminaries at 9 a.m.
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