Kansas Swimming Dominates at Orange Bowl Classic
Jan. 4, 2011
KEY LARGO, Fla. –
Senior Iuliia Kuzhil and sophomore Monica Johannessen both won two events as Kansas swimming and diving won the Orange Bowl Classic Tuesday in Key Largo, Fla. The Jayhawks won 11 of 12 events as they totaled 297.5 points, defeating George Mason (87 points), Vermont (68.5 points) and Florida International (65 points).
“We were honored by the Orange Bowl Committee for the invitation, and swimming as well as we did made the meet extra special,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “It was a very good way to kick off the new year.”
Kuzhil took to the top spot in both the 100-meter backstroke (1:04.06) and the 50-meter backstroke (29.49). She also swam the first leg of the 200-meter medley relay, which took first with a time of 2:00.44. Johannessen placed first in the 50-meter butterfly (28.67) and the 100-meter freestyle (57.37) and swam the first leg in the winning 200-meter freestyle relay (1:49.45).
Other winners included freshman Morgan Sharp, who won the 400-meter freestyle (4:21.47), junior Kath Liggett, who took the top spot in the 100-meter butterfly (1:04.89), freshman Alison Lusk, who placed first in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:14.55), senior Amanda Maez, who won the 50-meter freestyle (27.05) and junior Stephanie Payne, who took first in the 200-meter IM (2:20.99).
KU travels to Miami, Fla., for a tri-dual against No. 22 LSU, Florida International and AmericanUniversity at Bay Vista Aquatics Complex at 4 p.m on Thursday. Please check back with kuathetics.com for complete results from the meet.