Kansas Swimming and Diving Competes at Golden Panther Invitational

Jan. 6, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan.–The Kansas Jayhawks, as part of their winter training, competed in the Golden Panther Invitational at Florida International in Miami, Fla. The Jayhawks have been in Ft. Lauderdale since Jan. 2nd and will return home on Jan. 10th.

Kansas took third with 358 points in the nine-team meet, trailing Florida International (413 pts.) and Washington State (382 pts.).

In the first event of the day the `Hawks came away with the top spot. Freshman Ashley Leidigh, senior Lindsey Urbatchka, and senior Emily Rusch combined to finish the 300 fly relay in 3:00.00. The Jayhawks also finished first in the 300 back relay. Junior Jenny Short, sophomore Lauren Bonfe and sophomore Terri Schramka finished the race in 2:58.10.

The `Hawks earned another first place finish in the 800 free relay. Senior Gina Gnatzig, Schramka, freshman Molly Brammer and junior Lia Pogioli finished the race in 7:45.89.

In the 300 breast relay, the freshman team of Danielle Herrmann, Shanna Bradbury and Rhynn Malloy finished the race in 3:25.15 to earn a second place finish. Urbatchka, Gnatzig, Schramka, and Brammer combined to finish second in the 500 free relay with a time of 4:42.62.

The Jayhawks finished second in the 400 medley relay. Short, Herrmann, Leidigh, and Gnatzig combined to finish the race in 4:02.72. The team of Leidigh, Schramka, Gnatzig, and Urbatchka combined to finished second in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:39.91.

Kansas finished second in the 1500 free relay. Brammer, Pogioli and sophomore Lindsay Herre combined to finish the race in 15:41.02. Herrmann, Bradbury, Gnatzig and Rusch combined to finish the 400 medley relay in 4:12.58 to finish second.

In the final race of the day the Jayhawks finished second. Leidigh, Schramka, Gnatzig, and Urbatchka combined to finish the race in 3:42.39.

“We didn’t perform to Kansas program standards,” said head coach Clark Campbell. “The conditions of the meet were a challenge. It was 50 degrees and very windy and it effected us more than it should; but we are here to train more than race and we looked more at the work than the meet.”

The Jayhawks will next compete on Jan. 14, 2006 against Nebraska at the Robinson Natatorium at 2 p.m.

Team Scores:

1. FIU – 413

2. Washington State – 382

3. Kansas – 358

4. North Texas – 306

5. Trinity – 287

6. Vassar – 200

7. Carnegie Mellon – 114

8. George Washington – 93

9. Western Kentucky – 80

Complete Results