LITTLE ROCK - The
UALR swimming and diving team returns to the pool Thursday night-Saturday (Nov.
29-Dec. 1) for its annual UALR Christmas Invitational. It will be the final
meet in calendar year 2012.
"We look at this weekend as our midterm exam, and are hoping
to see many in-season best times this weekend," head coach Amy Burgess explained. "Having a home invitational seems to bring
out the best in the team. Having the comfort of competing in your own pool and
sleeping in your own bed makes a big difference.
"I do think the girls step it up at home meets and it is
nice having more fans in the stands," Burgess said.
With the third meet of month, UALR is looking to improve upon
an already successful November. The Trojans claimed a victory in the Henderson
State Invite Nov. 9-10. While UALR finished fourth the following weekend at the
Drury Invitational, UALR swimmers turned in season-best times in five individual
events and in a relay. Top improved times include the 400 free relay team of
senior Amber Kelly, juniors Kara Raney and Holly Myers and freshman Valeriya Teplova by three seconds (3:34.75).
Teplova also turned in her best time in the 200 free by more
than 1:30 at Drury (1:57.99). It was the best on the team thus year by 0.70.
With a pair of thirds at Drury, freshman Megan Scott claimed her third Sun Belt
Conference Diver of the Week honors Nov. 21. She provisionally qualified for the NCAA
championships at the Hendrix Classic Oct. 26 with a total of 295.40 on the
"Every meet this season we have seen the team grow closer together and learn to
compete. Every meet someone new has stepped up and made a difference in their
respective events. They have also shown a growth in confidence and I hope that
continues as the season moves on," Burgess said.
The annual Christmas Invitational is set to
begin Thursday night at 6 p.m. and continue all day Friday and Saturday.