Raney Breaks Own Record, Teplova Claims Two Wins at Christmas Invite
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 12/01/2012
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Junior Kara Raney broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke and freshman Valeriya Teplova won the 100 free and was a member of the championship 400-free relay on the final day of the UALR Christmas Invite Saturday (Dec. 1).

As a team, UALR finished fourth of five teams with 671 points. Henderson claimed both the men's and women's team titles.

"I could not be more excited with how the team performed this weekend," head coach Amy Burgess said. "We had a lot of in-season and even a few lifetime best times. There were a lot of great performances across the board.

"Everyone was pleasantly surprised with how well they swam," Burgess added.

Teplova finished first in the 100 free with a time of 52.59 while taking third in the 200 free with a time of 1:54.22. Raney and Teplova teamed up with senior Amber Kelly and junior Holly Myers to take the 400 free relay title with a season-best 3:30.64.

Raney edged her own record by 0.03 in the 100 backstroke, finishing second with a time of 57.44.

"Kara Raney breaking the school record and setting a personal best in the 100 back, as well as our free relays, was the cherry on top of a great weekend," Burgess said.

Freshman Megan Scott completed her weekend second in the 3-meter springboard diving event with a total of 2:53.80. Kelly took third in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 2:13.32.

UALR Swimming and Diving takes more than a month off before returning to action Jan. 5, 2013 at the Tampa Relays.

Added Burgess, "This was a great mid-season test and we cannot wait to see what happens in February at our Conference Championship."

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