Arkansas Adds Three To 2018-19 Roster

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April 10th, 2018 College, College Recruiting, SEC

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas Athletics

Arkansas swimming and diving head coach Neil Harper announced the addition of three Razorbacks on Wednesday to the 2018-19 roster.

Arkansas adds a backstroke specialist from Missouri in Maddie Pearl, a sprinter from Texas in Brittney Pike and a distance swimmer from Texas in Rachel Rodriguez.

“We are very excited to add these three swimmers to our roster,” said Harper. “They each bring a lot to our team and have improved a lot just from the time they first committed to us. We are excited about the future of this program and how these three can impact that growth.”

Maddie Pearl | Kirkwood, Missouri (Kirkwood High School / Flyers Aquatic Swim Team)

Pearl joins the Razorbacks as a backstroke specialist with personal-bests times of 56.78 in the 100 back at the 2017 Speedo Sectionals and 2:03.54 in the 200 back. Ranked 12th in the state of Missouri, Pearl finished eighth at the MSHSAA Girls State Class 2 Championships last season in the 100 back in 58.03. She was a three-time finalist at the 2017 OZ Senior Championships in the 200 back (4th – 2:07.81), 200 IM (5th – 2:13.96) and the 100 back (7th – 59.36).

Brittney Pike | Boerne, Texas (Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School / San Antonio Wave)

Pike comes to Fayetteville as a sprint swimmer, who claimed the 2018 IUL Texas 5A State Championship in the 100 free, touching in a personal-best 51.59, after finishing fourth the season before in 52.60. Ranked 36th in the state of Texas, Pike was also a finalist in the 200 free in 2018, finishing sixth in 1:52.49. Pike was a two-time champion at the 2017 Texas UIL 5A Region 7 Championships in the 50 free (24.15) and the 100 free (52.51).

Rachel Rodriguez | San Antonio, Texas (Ronald Reagan High School / Alamo Area Aquatics Association)

Ranked 22nd in the state of Texas, Rodriguez was a 500 free finalist at the 2018 UIL Texas 6A State Championships, finishing sixth in 4:55.03. The distance swimmer was the 500 free champion at the 2017 Texas UIL Region 7-6A Championships with a time of 4:57.31, where she also turned in a personal-best 1:51.69 in the 200 free for a second-place finish. She recorded two more personal bests at the 2017 Speedo Sectionals in College Station in the 1000 free and 1650 free, touching respectively in seventh in 10:11.79 and eighth in 17:14.28. She also went 2:01.06 in the 200 backstroke at the TISCA Swim Championships.

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