Arkansas Dominates in House Opener In opposition to Vanderbilt, Drury

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Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Drury tri-meet

  • October 9, 2021
  • Arkansas Natatorium, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Brief course yard (25 yards)
  • Outcomes hyperlink
  • Staff scores:
    • Arkansas W defeat Vanderbilt W 163-97
    • Arkansas W defeat Drury W 175-83
    • Vanderbilt W defeat Drury W 142-118

The Arkansas Aqua Hogs defeated each Vanderbilt and Drury on Saturday, persevering with their 100% win streak in opposition to each groups since 1997. 

The Razorbacks dominated regardless of having solely 23 girls on their roster this season, in comparison with 29 the earlier season. Between the 2020-21 and 2021-22 season, a minimum of 15 Arkansas girls transferred out of this system, together with one recruit switching her dedication.

Arkansas and Vanderbilt are each members of the Southeastern Convention. On the 2021 SEC Championships, Arkansas positioned eighth out of 12 groups, and Vanderbilt positioned twelfth. Drury is a member of the Division II Nice Lakes Valley Convention. On the GLVC 2021 Championships, the Drury girls positioned first.

Arkansas senior Kobie Melton shortly emerged as one of many meet’s high performers. She received the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.81, the 200 backstroke with a time of two:05.51, and the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.29. She additionally anchored the successful 200 medley with a 22.68 cut up. 

Melton’s wins got here off of a profitable earlier season, the place she competed in Wave I of Olympic Trials and positioned eighth in each the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke on the 2021 SEC Championships. Although she sometimes sticks to the dash occasions, Melton’s 200 backstroke on the tri-meet was really the slowest of her school profession. Compared, she swam her greatest school 200 backstroke in 2018 (2:01.56), at an Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri tri-meet.

Fellow teammate and Trials qualifier Vanessa Herrmann secured the breaststroke occasion wins for the Razorbacks. Her time of 1:01.85 within the 100 breaststroke, nearly two seconds off her sixth-place successful time of 59.95 on the SEC Championships. She additionally swam the first-place 200 breaststroke time of two:17.46.

Rounding out the a number of individual-event winners for the Razorbacks is junior Adela Vavrinova, who received the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.18. She additionally showcased her versatility by successful the 100 IM, with a time of 57.50.

Arkansas finally exhibitioned the final occasion, the 400 freestyle relay.

Even with Arkansas’ main success, Vanderbilt and Drury nonetheless snuck in some wins. Dury senior Allison Weber received the 1000 freestyle by 17 seconds, with a time of 10:24.85. She had beforehand damaged the GLVC report within the 1650 freestyle, again within the 2018-19 season. She slipped to 3rd within the 500 freestyle, behind teammate Bec Cross and Vandy freshman Mercedes Traba

Traba is a two-time Junior Nationwide qualifier and finalist, and a four-time state finalist from Florida. 

One other Vanderbilt swimmer, senior Tonner DeBeer, received the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.34. DeBeer has the third greatest time in Vanderbilt’s historical past within the occasion, with a time of 54.12.

Vanderbilt will get one other enhance within the spring, when former Arizona Wildcat Religion Knelson joins the group. Knelson has competed for Staff Canada at meets just like the 2017 World Junior Championships and 2019 Pan American Video games, although earlier this 12 months she took a medical redshirt for the rest of final season attributable to a spinal damage.


Vandy will return on the 16 for a twin meet in opposition to FGCU. Drury will compete the identical day in opposition to Lindenwood and McKendree. Arkansas will journey on October 23 for a twin meet in opposition to Missouri.

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