Little Rock (LR) swimming and diving team are off to a great start after starting their new season back on Sept 28 with many personal bests and a win under their belts already.
LR Swimming and Diving began their season on Sept 28 against North Texas in Denton, Texas where they lost 213-84. Freshman Fer Moussier was the only Trojan to win a race that weekend, placing first in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.40.
Despite not many first place finishes, the ladies did come home with quite a few top three finishes. In the 100 yard butterfly, sophomore Carolyn Godwin placed second with a time of 1:01.29. In the diving event, Junior Sierra Thain also placed second with a score of 229.43, less than three points behind the ultimate winner.
Both relay teams, the 400 yard Individual Medley (IM) relay team consisting of Moussier, Godwin, junior Palmer Ristroph and freshman Anna Grom and the 200 year freestyle relay team consisting of Godwin, Grom, freshman Asmalia Redzuan and junior Regan Lawrence, placed third with times of 4:04.09 and 1:41.84 respectively. Freshman Emma Bleasdell also placed third in the 1000 yard freestyle, the longest event, with a time of 11:05.23. Other third places include Redzuan in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of exactly 2:00.00, Moussier in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10.77, and Thain in the 1-meter dive with a score of 203.70.
On Oct 5, LR Swimming and Diving swam against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville for the first time ever where they met their second loss of 161-121. While no one won any of their individual races, there were still quite a bit of top three finishes.
Junior Coy Jones got third in both her diving events, scoring 214.58 in the 1-meter board and 210.08 in the higher board. Thain got second in the higher board with 223.05 points. Just like in North Texas, Moussier got the highest placement of the team for the swimming portion of the meet with the 200 yard Fly, placing second with a time of 2:07.78, almost a whole second faster than her time at the previous meet.
Junior Ashley Hornbuckle placed third in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 11:18.00. Ristroph also got a third place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.31.
Season best times were also achieved at this meet with Redzuan getting a 1:57.42 in the 200 yard freestyle (two and a half seconds faster than in North Texas), freshman Khadijah Brown in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.71 (almost two seconds faster than in North Texas), junior Mia Gibson in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.73 (compared to her time of 1:03.8 from North Texas), freshman Nicole Burek in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:36.53 (as opposed to 2:39.47 in North Texas), and freshman Brianna Ridings who went from 2:32.48 in North Texas to 2:19.99 in the 200 yard butterfly.
Little Rock ‘Swim Pink’ Invitational
Home pool advantage was in effect on Oct 19 when LR Swimming and Diving took home first place at the Little Rock “Swim Pink” Invitational, where the team wore pink swimsuits and pink nail polish in support of breast cancer awareness. The ladies swam against Oklahoma Bapist, Henderson State, Ozarks, and Williams Baptist and placed third last year against those teams, ultimately winning out this year.
Many first places were had in the meet this weekend which led to their golden overall finish. The 200 yard freestyle relay, consisting of Redzuan, Godwin, Lawerence and Brown, took home the gold with a time of 1:39.42. On the 3-meter board, Thain placed first with a score of 238.95 while Jones was right behind in second with 220.72 points. Bleasdell placed first in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:51.70, almost 14 seconds faster than at North Texas. Redzuan placed first in both the 500 and 200 yard free, finishing with times of 5:18.61 (season best) and 1:57.71 respectively. Also, the 200 fly was unsurprisingly won by Moussier with a time of 2:07.65, even faster than her time in Fayetteville.
The two backstroke events were dominated by Trojans with the top five finishers of the 100 going to Trojans and the top three of the 200 going to them as well. Senior Jessie Baldwin placed first with a time of 1:01.36 and sophomore Lea Zengerling was second with a time of 1:02.24. Lawrence and freshman Fernanda Gamez tied for third with a time of 1:02.28 while senior Charis Won rounded out the top five with a time of 1:02.32. The top three of the 200 went to first place finisher Moussier with a time of 2:08.96, second place finisher Baldwin with a time of 2:12.65 and third place finisher Bleasdell with a time of 2:15.71, all achieving season best times, Bleasdell achieving a personal record for herself.