Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The University of Arkansas picked up two Southeastern Conference honors, with junior Kesha Naylor taking Diver of the Week and freshman Anna Mayfield grabbing her second Freshman of the Week accolade of the season.
The two Razorbacks were honored for their performances over the weekend as the Razorbacks upended No. 12 Penn State on Senior Day and defeated Missouri State in a double-dual meet.
Naylor picks up the fourth weekly honor of her career and the first of this season. This weekend, she set a pool record on the three-meter, recording a 355.75 to take first-place. She was just five points shy of besting the school record of 360.60, which she set last season on the road against the Nittany Lions. Her 355.75 sits second all-time in school history and ranks third in the SEC this season. On the one-meter board, Naylor scored a season-best 310.90 for a sweep on the springboards.
"Kesha earning that honor is great," head coach Sean Schimmel said.
"She did a great job last weekend sweeping both boards and almost more impressively breaking the pool record. She stepped up especially when our team needed it and it was great to have that."
Mayfield recorded two event wins during the meet. Individually she placed first in the 200 freestyle, out-touching Penn State at the wall for a time of 1:49.35. In the 200 backstroke she grabbed an important second-place finish with a time of 1:58.40. However, when the Razorbacks needed her most she was clutch, swimming the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay. The freshman swam a 50.28 split as the Razorbacks finished first to take the meet win. Mayfield teamed up with fellow freshmen Nina Drolc and Maddie Monroe and sophomore Susanna White to clock a 3:21.63, the second-best time in school history.
"She was in some really tight races at the meet," Schimmel said. "She came off the first relay and then won the 200 free by a slim margin and got second in the 200 backstroke. She was also a critical part in winning our 400 free relay to clinch the meet. She had a big workload and she stepped up each time and got it done. She is doing a good job as a freshman and we have a long way to go."