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Hogs fall in dual meet to 11th-ranked Aggies despite Hopkins’ strong outing

Arkansas fell to SEC foe No.11 Texas A&M, 162-130, Saturday afternoon inside the Student Recreation Center Natatorium.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas. — Arkansas fell to SEC foe No.11 Texas A&M, 162-130, Saturday afternoon inside the Student Recreation Center Natatorium.

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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).

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Arkansas 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 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.”

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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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Hopkin picks up second-fastest split in 200-medley at SEC Championships

Arkansas finished the first day of the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships with Anna Hopkin earning the second-fastest split time in the 200 medley relay (20.82).

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AUBURN, Ala. — Arkansas finished the first day of the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships with Anna Hopkin earning the second-fastest split time in the 200 medley relay (20.82).

After one day of competition, the Razorbacks sit in 11th with 89 points.

The team of Andrea Sansores, Vanessa Herrmann, Kobie Melton and Hopkin finished in eighth place in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:37.34, finishing second in their heat. This time also ranks the ladies second in Arkansas school history.

The women’s 800 freestyle relay team of Peyton Palsha, Emma Hultquist, Lexi Ljunggren and Alyssa Lemon touched the wall in 7:09.88 to finish in ninth place, good enough for the fourth-fastest time in program history.

Coach Neil Harper

“Today was a great start for us. We recorded a season-best in the 200 Medley Relay and got the NCAA B qualifying time. Andrea, Vanessa Kobie and Anna all had fast splits. The 800 free relay beat our time from SEC’s last year by 4 seconds. Peyton, Emma, Lexi and Alyssa all had personal bests so I am extremely proud and excited how well we are performing. We are all looking forward to our events tomorrow and hope we keep the tally of personal bests going.”

Next day of SEC Championships

The Razorbacks will be back in the pool tomorrow morning with prelims for the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free beginning at 9:30 a.m. and wrap up the day with finals in the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free.

Day one results

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

  1. Andrea Sansores, Vanessa Herrmann, Kobie Melton, Anna Hopkin – 1:37.34

Women’s 800 Free Relay

  1. Peyton Palsha, Emma Hultquist, Lexi Ljunggren, Alyssa Lemon – 7:14.96

Women’s 1-Meter

20. Estilla Mosena – 242.30

32. Josephine Matalone – 206.80

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‘Tired’ Razorbacks drop dual meet to Kansas ahead of SEC

Arkansas, admittedly tired after focusing on SEC meet, took a 178-118 loss to Kansas at the Robinson Natatorium Saturday morning.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Arkansas, admittedly tired after focusing on SEC meet, took a 178-118 loss to Kansas at the Robinson Natatorium Saturday morning.

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The team posted a total of 20 podium finishes, including five first-place finishes from swimmers Anna Hopkin, Peyton Palsha and the 400 free relay (3:26.85) foursome of Maddie London, Hopkin, Alyssa Lemon and Sarah Dalton Chambliss.

Hopkin had a fabulous day in the pool picking up three first-place finishes, a podium finish and an NCAA ‘B’ cut.

In the 50 free, the senior claimed first with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 22.76, outracing Kansas’ Autumn Looney by over two seconds. She then went on to win the 100 free, touching the wall at 49.77.

Palsha was the first Razorback to win an event, sweeping the 1,000 free (10:06.94). Lexi Ljunggren trailed right behind, finishing the event at 10:10.32.

Both distance swimmers later recorded first and second place in the 500 free, with Palsha getting a final time of 4:55.58 and Ljunggren finishing with a mark of 4:57.10.

Sophomore Vanessa Herrman had two podium finishes, taking second in the 100 breast (1:03.78) and third in the 200 IM (2:08.78). Molly Moore, Andrea Sansores, Kobie Melton and Emma Hultquist were the other Razorbacks to take podium finishes.

Estilla Mosena recorded a second-place finish in the 3- (273.68) and 1-meter (289.58). Freshman Josie Matalone combined for a score of 219.23 on the 1-meter and 253.28 on the 3-meter with both scores earning her a third-place finish.

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“Our team is tired from focusing and working hard this week for the SEC Championships. Kansas swam faster and dived better than we did today. Our focus continues to be the SEC Championships, which are still more than two weeks away. We already have five swimmers that have already made NCAAs, so hard work and fatigue are all they need to be dealing with right now. I am proud of the team for staying positive and focused. The days for the Hogs to shine are coming, and I am excited and confident.”

— Arkansas coach Neil Harper

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Palsha’s first-place finishes not enough for Razorbacks in meet at Houston

Arkansas fell, 163.5-136.5, at No. 21 Houston on Friday evening inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

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HOUSTON, Texas — Arkansas fell, 163.5-136.5, at No. 21 Houston on Friday evening inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

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Distance swimmer Peyton Palsha had a stellar day in the pool with a pair of first-place finishes. The junior clocked in a time of 10:12.99 in the 1,000 free.

Her second first-place finish of the day came in the 500 free, touching the wall at 4:53.59.

The Razorbacks doubled up on relay wins, with Andrea Sanores, Vanessa Herrmann, Kobie Melton and Anna Hopkin taking the 200-medley relay (1:42.33) and Melton, Hopkin, Molly Moore and Brittany Pike securing the 400 free relay (3:23.30).

Herrmann led the charge for the Razorbacks in the 200 breast with a first-place finish in the event at 2:17.34. Emma Garfield earned a third-place finish with a time of 2:19.39.

Hopkin took second in the 200 free posting a time of 1:49.40, with freshman Emma Hultquist touching the wall at 1:52.39 to pick up third.

On the boards, Estilla Mosena posted a first-place finish in the 1-meter with 271.95 points, and then shortly after took second place in the 3-meter with a score of 274.35.

Arkansas coach Neil Harper

“This was a great back and forth meet between two teams ranked in the Top 30. There were 16 events contested, we won eight and they won eight. The difference today was their depth in a couple of events where they swept the top three places. Our team was made to feel uncomfortable, which was good. We scrapped and fought for everything today, and I know we became a better team responding to the challenges of competing against a ranked opponent on the road. We did this several times this fall and as challenging as it was, it prepared us well for our championship meet. I am confident and excited for the next seven weeks.”

Arkansas diving coach Dale Schultz

“I thought Estilla had a solid meet especially on 1 meter.”

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The Razorbacks head to College Station to face SEC foe Texas A&M Saturday at 11 a.m. Click here for live streaming and here for live stats.

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