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    Palsha’s first-place finishes not enough for Razorbacks in meet at Houston

    HOUSTON, Texas — Arkansas fell, 163.5-136.5, at No. 21 Houston on Friday evening inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

    Top Razorbacks’ performances

    Distance swimmer Peyton Palsha had a stellar day in the pool with a pair of first-place finishes. The junior clocked in a time of 10:12.99 in the 1,000 free.

    Her second first-place finish of the day came in the 500 free, touching the wall at 4:53.59.

    The Razorbacks doubled up on relay wins, with Andrea Sanores, Vanessa Herrmann, Kobie Melton and Anna Hopkin taking the 200-medley relay (1:42.33) and Melton, Hopkin, Molly Moore and Brittany Pike securing the 400 free relay (3:23.30).

    Herrmann led the charge for the Razorbacks in the 200 breast with a first-place finish in the event at 2:17.34. Emma Garfield earned a third-place finish with a time of 2:19.39.

    Hopkin took second in the 200 free posting a time of 1:49.40, with freshman Emma Hultquist touching the wall at 1:52.39 to pick up third.

    On the boards, Estilla Mosena posted a first-place finish in the 1-meter with 271.95 points, and then shortly after took second place in the 3-meter with a score of 274.35.

    Arkansas coach Neil Harper

    “This was a great back and forth meet between two teams ranked in the Top 30. There were 16 events contested, we won eight and they won eight. The difference today was their depth in a couple of events where they swept the top three places. Our team was made to feel uncomfortable, which was good. We scrapped and fought for everything today, and I know we became a better team responding to the challenges of competing against a ranked opponent on the road. We did this several times this fall and as challenging as it was, it prepared us well for our championship meet. I am confident and excited for the next seven weeks.”

    Arkansas diving coach Dale Schultz

    “I thought Estilla had a solid meet especially on 1 meter.”

    Up next

    The Razorbacks head to College Station to face SEC foe Texas A&M Saturday at 11 a.m. Click here for live streaming and here for live stats.

    Information from Razorback Sports Communications is included in this story.