Arkansas Breaks Pool Records as Razorbacks top Kansas

by Michael Hamann 0

January 23rd, 2022 Big 12, College, SEC

Arkansas vs. Kansas (Women)

  • January 22, 2022
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • SCY dual meet
  • Team scores
    • Arkansas 165 Kansas 134
  • Full results

The University of Arkansas women traveled to Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday and emerged victorious, posting the top time in 12 events, including five pool records. 

Senior Vanessa Herrmann was the star for Arkansas, sweeping the breaststroke races and setting new pool records in both. The Bismarck, North Dakota native started her day by winning the 100 breast in 1:00.74. She turned three tenths ahead of Kansas senior Kate Steward at the 50 and powered home in a field-best 31.83 to touch three quarters of a second ahead of Steward. The two battled again in the 200 breast, with Herrmann coming out on top again in 2:11.66 to Steward’s 2:14.17. Herrmann’s season bests stand at 59.18 in the 100 breast, the 12th fastest time in the nation this year and 2:09.03 in the 200 breast, the 23rd fastest time in the nation.

Herrmann’s classmate, Razorback senior Kobie Melton, also broke an individual pool record on Saturday. Melton’s pool record came in the 200 back, where she won by almost four seconds in a new lifetime best of 1:57.33. She used a tight split 57.89/59.44 to pull away from the field on the back half, touching ahead of freshman teammate Ella Pearl. Melton also won the 50 free in 22.92, off of her season best of 22.51 from the Tennessee Invite. 

The Razorbacks also set new pool records in both the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. In the 200 medley relay, the quartet of Andrea Sansores, Herrmann, Melton and Bella Cothern touched in 1:39.58 to win by a second and a half over Kansas’ A relay. Cothern, Sansores and Melton then joined freshman Eleonora Camisa to break the pool record in the 400 free relay in 3:20.36. 

The Jayhawks were led by their stout distance group, which won both the 1000 and 500 on Saturday. In the 1000, sophomore Kara Church took home the win in 10:23.10, just off of the Scottsdale, Arizona native’s season best of 10:20.35. Her freshman teammate Addi Barnes won the 500 for the Jayhawks in 5:03.43, off of her season best of 4:52.01.

Other individual event winners:

  • 200 free: Adela Vavrinova (Arkansas): 1:50.70
  • 100 back: Andrea Sansores (Arkansas): 54.09
  • 200 fly: Eleonora (Arkansas): 2:01.89
  • 3 meter diving: Jiayu Chen (Kansas): 324.90
  • 100 free: Bella Cothern (Arkansas): 50.43
  • 100 fly: Autumn Looney (Kansas): 55.31
  • 1 meter diving: Mayci Richards (Arkansas): 307.88
  • 200 IM: Kate Steward (Kansas): 2:02.96

Arkansas returns to the pool on Friday in Atlanta against Tulane and Georgia Tech, while Kansas will travel to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State on February 4th. 

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