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

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

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

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.”

Up next

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

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.”

Up next

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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Razorbacks ranked in first swimming-diving poll after Mizzou Invitational

Fayetteville — Arkansas swimming landed in the Top 30 of the latest CSCAA/TYR poll, checking in at 26th in the nation heading into 2020.

The Hogs earned the spot inside the Top 30 with their stellar performances at the three-day Mizzou Invite in late November.

Anna Hopkin broke six records and posted the fastest 200 free in the nation along with the fifth-best performance in split history in the 200-medley relay.

Peyton Palsha set a new personal best in the 400 IM with the fourth-fastest time in the nation, and sophomore Molly Moore came in fifth in the 100 back, clocking  a lifetime best of 54.14.

Arkansas finishes the calendar year with a total of 40 lifetime bests, and multiple NCAA ‘A’ and ‘B’ cuts.

The Razorbacks return to action at the Tennessee Diving Invite Jan. 3.

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Schultz sets 1-meter, 3-meter mark at Fayetteville meet Friday

FAYETTEVILLE — Sophomore Brooke Schultz set the 3-meter (391.43) pool record and the 1-meter (375.53) school and pool records as the swimming and diving team defeated No. 25 Houston, 193-107, Friday night.

This is the second time this season Schultz has broken a record, setting the 3-meter school record in October.

The Hogs got off to a solid start, winning the 200 yard medley relay before recording 13 more wins and 27 podium finishes.

Sophomore Peyton Palsha earned three individual first-place finishes, while Vannessa Herrmann, Hopkin, and Schultz each recorded two.

The Razorbacks swept the podium in both springboard events, as Maha Amer finished second in the 1-meter (302.70) and Estilla Mosena finished third (273.53).

In the 3-meter, Amer earned a second-place finish (344.93) and Mosena earned a third-place finish (312.08). Both divers recorded personal-bests in both springboard events.

Senior Marlena Pigliacampi set a season-best time of 2:01.08 in the 200 yard butterfly, winning the event in the first of her two podium finishes.

“It was a great way to finish off a hard week of focused training,” coach Neil Harper said. “I thought the swimmers and divers performed really well. Houston was undefeated and ranked in the top-25, so for us the challenge was clear and we dominated the meet.

“Brooke’s record on the 3-meter proves she is turning up the level of diving at the right time of the year. I was also very happy with Peyton and Vanessa as they stepped up in key events to take the wins. It was a total team effort and a good sign that we are on track for big things.”

Arkansas will return to the pool Feb. 2 to host Kansas for the home finale. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with senior day activities prior to the first event.

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Razorbacks sweep Rice, SMU in final regular season road contest

DALLAS — In its final road contest of the regular season, Arkansas earned wins over SMU and Rice in a double-dual hosted by the Mustangs.

The Hogs posted a 171-124 win over SMU and a 163-124 win over Rice.

In the 16 events of the meet, the Razorbacks won seven and earned 18 podium finishes. Junior Anna Hopkin led the team with three first-place finishes, while sophomores Peyton Palsha and Maha Amer recorded two.

Arkansas opened the meet strong, with Molly Moore, Sydney Angell, Kobie Melton, and Hopkin winning the 200 yard medley relay. The team continued to pull ahead of the Owls and Mustangs, with Amer sweeping the springboard events and Melton posting two second-place finishes.

“I thought we all competed well today,” coach Neil Harper said. “We all looked a little tired from our training tips and travel to Dallas, yet we kept a positive outlook and commitment to each other. The team depth and quality earned us two victories today and it’s a promising start to the second half of our season.

“We’re less than five weeks away from the SEC Championship, so our focus and technique in the pool and on the boards continue to take priority.”

The Hogs will return to the pool next week to host No. 25 Houston in the first of two final meets in the regular season.

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Hogs go to Dallas to face Rice, SMU in final road competition

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas closes out road competition this weekend, facing Rice and SMU in Dallas for a double-dual.

The Razorbacks are 2-3 in dual competition this season, splitting their last two meets in November. The team has competed in four invites since then, facing off against SEC foes No. 19 Missouri and No. 11 Georgia as well as other top-ranked programs.

Junior Anna Hopkin is among the leaders on the team, setting seven individual records and two team relay records in her first semester as a Razorback. The Preston, England, native has earned two NCAA ‘A’ cuts, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships in the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle.

Freshman Kobie Melton is also making an impact early in her career in cardinal and white, setting two team relay records and qualifying for the Olympics Trials in the 50 meter freestyle.

In diving, sophomore Maha Amer and Brooke Schultz continue to perform impressively. Schultz swept the springboard events at the Georgia Diving Invite, with Amer taking third in the platform. Both Razorbacks have qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in the springboard events, with Amer also qualifying in the platform.

Rice is 4-1 on the season in dual competition, with its lone loss coming against No. 8 Texas A&M. The Owls have faced just one other Power-5 program, defeating TCU in December. The Hogs are 2-0 against Rice, dominating the Owls 207-86 in 2013.

Host SMU is 4-2 in dual action, coming off a 1-1 weekend with a win over Loyola New Orleans and a loss to No. 8 Texas A&M. Arkansas is 3-7 against the Mustangs, holding a two-meet win-streak. In the last meeting between the teams, the Razorbacks earned a 149-83 victory.

Action at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center is set for 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Amer gets third place on platform at ‘Georgia Invite’ on Sunday

ATHENS, Ga. — The Arkansas diving team completed competition at the Georgia Diving Invite, with Maha Amer taking third in the platform.

Amer and Estilla Mosena represented the Razorbacks Sunday afternoon, the second day in a row that all Arkansas divers placed in the Top-20.

Mosena placed 17th with a 184.25, while Amer took third 247.50. The Cairo native’s finish was a season-best and qualified Amer for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.

The Hogs placed a diver on the podium in all three events at Georgia, with Brook Schultz taking first in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards earlier in the weekend.

Arkansas will return to the pool next weekend, facing Rice and SMU in Dallas.

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Schultz sweeps springboards on second day at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — Arkansas completed day two of competition at the Georgia Diving Invite, with sophomore Brooke Schultz sweeping the springboard events.

Day two consisted of the 1-meter, with all three Razorbacks finishing in the Top-20 in the preliminary round. Freshman Estilla Mosena earned a 17th place finish with a score of 241.70. Maha Amer finished in sixth with a score of 278.20, while Schultz took first with a 325.55.

In the finals, Amer finished in 12th place with a score of 237.75 and Schultz took her second title of the invite with a score of 337.60.

Competition at Georgia will conclude Sunday afternoon with the platform.