Swim Sets Four Records, Schultz Takes Second
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- The Arkansas swimming and diving team had a successful day of invitational competition, with the swimmers breaking four school records and Brooke Schultz earning a second-place 1-meter finish.
At the Texas Diving Invite, the Razorbacks had three top-30 finishes in the 1-meter preliminaries. Caroline Welch placed 29th with a score of 217.95 while Estilla Mosena placed 22nd with a score of 235.6. Schultz earned a third-place finish with a score of 299.9, and narrowly missed first-place (328.8) in the finals by one-point.
At the Missouri Invite, Anna Hopkin broke three school records in the first day of the event. Her 100 yard butterfly in the preliminaries (52.61) broke the school record, and her time of 53.27 in the finals earned a third-place finish.
Her performance in both rounds of the 50 yard freestyle broke records, with her preliminary time (21.94) breaking the record she set earlier this season before her finals time (21.64) again broke the record. Hopkin’s final time earned an NCAA ‘A’ cut and is an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.
A relay team broke the fourth record of the day, with Kobie Melton, Hopkin, Molly Moore, and Erin Kelly setting the school record for the 200 freestyle relay (1:29.21). The team finished second in the finals of the event.
In distance events, Peyton Palsha set a lifetime-best in the 500 yard freestyle (4:41.33) and earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Lexi Ljunggren earned a fourth-place finish in the 500 yard freestyle (4:48.97) and qualified for US Nationals.
The Razorback divers will conclude competition at the Texas Diving Invite tomorrow, with Maha Amer and Estilla Mosena competing on the platform. The swimmers will continue competition in Missouri, with two more days left in the invite.
BY Jordan Manning