Fayetteville, Ark.- The Arkansas Swim and Dive team wrapped up a successful weekend of competition on Saturday in Columbia, Mo. and Austin, Texas, respectively.
For the swimmers at Mizzou, Vanessa Herrmann led the Razorbacks on the final day of the meet, winning the 200 breaststroke and setting a new personal best with a time of 2:08.78. In the 200 butterfly, Lizzy Linartas and Adela Vavrinova had great showings, finishing third and fourth, respectively. Linartas’ time of 2:01.57 was a new personal best. Peyton Palsha got things going early in the 1650 freestyle finals, with a second-place finish and a time of 16:06.43. The Arkansas ‘A’ relay team finished the day strong, with a second-place finish in the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 3:17.82.
At the UT Diving Invite, Josie Matalone set a new personal best in the platform dive with a score of 251.50. That score is also good enough to qualify her for the NCAA Zone Meet. Estilla Mosena also competed in the platform dive and finished with a score of 219.85.
Arkansas Head Coach Neil Harper: “We had a really strong last day led by Vanessa and Peyton. Vanessa won the 200 Breast and swam a personal best by two seconds. Peyton was a close second in the mile and both ladies went faster than the NCAA Championship invited times, so we are excited about that. Emily and Kobie’s 48’s in the 100 free were fantastic and to partner up with Andrea and Bella who both split 49’s produced a great 400 free relay to finish the meet. I thought our freshmen stepped up at this meet and swam great. Bella, Hannah, Anna, Lizzy, Bradi and Serena all had multiple lifetime bests.”
Arkansas Diving Coach Dale Schultz: “It was an extremely productive weekend for all four divers. Everyone is qualified for the NCAA Zone meet in March. They have worked hard to improve during this difficult time. Couldn’t be prouder of a group of athletes.”
The Razorback Divers will head to the U.S. World Cup Diving Trials Dec. 15-20.