By COURTLIN HAYGARTH | HSU Sports Network
LITTLE ROCK — In its first meet of 2023, the Henderson State women swam against Division I Arkansas-Little Rock in the state’s capitol for the second time this season. The Red Wave won three events on the afternoon before falling to the Trojans, 158.5-72.5.
In the first event of the intra-state meet, Henderson’s quartet of Kiara Pozvai, Jessica Bongfeldt, Izzy Andrews and Mackenzie Kester placed second in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:55.66, trailing UALR’s top-finishing team by 0.44 seconds.
Pozvai later came back in her own event to take first place in the 200 free with a time of 1:57.98, pacing the leading Trojan by two whole seconds. Pozvai currently holds the eighth fastest 200 free time in Division II. In the same race, freshman Ryann Grasser took third-place honors (2:01.91).
Emma Jorgensen matched her teammate by topping the podium in the 400 IM after touching at 4:35.93, which is the fourth fastest time in that event in school history as she put a staggering seven seconds between her and the second-place swimmer.
Jorgensen, who holds the school record in the 400 IM and now holds three of the five fastest 400 IM times in school history, currently holds the 34th fastest time in DII in the individual medley event.
Rounding out the winners for HSU was Laci Long, who defeated UALR’s Isabelle Ragsdale in the 1 meter dive, 217.50-198.20.
Kester finished second in the 50 free (25.00) while Pearl Himelick recorded a couple third-place finishes in the 1000 yard free (11:35.29) and the 500 free (5:40.47). Bongfeldt made the podium in the 200 breast, touching the wall at 2:31.74 for third.
Henderson St. returns to the pool tomorrow when they head to Cleveland, Mississippi to take on NSISC-foe Delta State Saturday, Jan. 14 at 12 p.m.