By COURTLIN HAYGARTH | HSU Sports Network
The Henderson State men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs will finish their home stand in 2022 with the Battle of the Ravine inside the Wells Natatorium Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. as a part of Homecoming Weekend. Dedication of the Coak Matthews scoreboard will also take place prior to the meet at 5:45 p.m. The dedication can be viewed HERE.
With their early season success, the Red Wave have climbed their way toward the top of the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America rankings with the women coming in at No. 12 while the men find themselves at No. 17 in the latest poll. Both Ouachita programs are receiving votes in the latest installment.
After placing third behind Division I institutions Arkansas and Little Rock at the Arkansas Invitational to open the season, the No. 12 HSU women defeated Hendrix and No. 23 Oklahoma Christian. The Red Wave had another strong showing against DI Little Rock in early October, falling to the Trojans by a mere 10 points before getting edged out by No. 7 Drury.
The No. 17 men opened the 2022 fall slate by placing first at the Arkansas Invitational, following that up with a 181-31 victory over Hendrix. The Red Wave then fell to No. 3 Drury and No. 9 Oklahoma Christian 187-113 and 117-114, respectively.
Friday, the No. 17 Henderson men look to continue their 21-meet winning streak over the Tigersharks of Ouachita Baptist. The Red Wave men have not lost to OBU since 2012. On the ladies side, No. 12 HSU, while leading the head-to-head series 12-11 since 2011, is trying to snap a six-meet losing streak to its cross-street rival.
Head coach Scotty Serio and assistant coach Guy Buls have three of the nation’s top swimmers as part of their program in Jack Armstrong and Lamar Taylor for the men and Kiara Pozvai for the women. Armstrong (20.23) and Taylor (20.24) currently hold the two fastest 50-yard freestyle times in Division II this year while Armstrong holds the top spot in the 100 free (44.82).
Armstrong and Taylor are also a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that holds the second fastest time in the country at 1:20.19. On the women’s side, true-sophomore Pozvai holds the fastest time of any Division II athlete in the 100 free (50.94) and the second fastest time in the nation in the 50 free (23.34).
Following the scoreboard dedication at 5:45, Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist will swim it out with the first horn set to go off at 6 p.m. inside Wells Natatorium for the season’s first swimming edition of the Battle of the Ravine.