Jayhawks Split Double Dual in Los Angeles
Jan. 8, 2010
LOS ANGELES –
Junior Iuliia Kuzhil and freshman Monica Johannessen both recorded two first-place finishes to lift the University of Kansas swimming and diving team past Fresno State. The Jayhawks defeated the Bulldogs 240-59, but fell to UCLA 168-132 Friday in Los Angeles. Kansas is now 3-4 in dual competition.
“Today was our best dual meet of the season,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said Friday. “Our goal is to surpass the times we achieved in the fall and create momentum heading into the Championship season. We had several today. We raced UCLA very well and kept it close until the end.”
Kuzhil won the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events with times of 55.58 seconds and 1:59.59, respectively. The junior from Cherkasy, Ukraine also led Kansas’ 200-yard medley relay team which included junior captain Joy Bunting, sophomore Abigail Anderson and Johannessen to a second place finish with a time of 1:45.12.
Johannessen’s two victories came in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, where the freshman from Haugesund, Norway finished with times of 24.09 seconds and 52.16 seconds. Kansas took the top three spots in the 100 freestyle, with Johannessen placing first, and fellow freshmen Brooke Brull and Lindsey Legako taking second and third, respectively. Brull also recorded a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, defeating UCLA’s Bianca Casciari by .10 seconds with a time of 1:53.60.
Senior captain Meg Proehl led the Kansas Diving team, placing first in the one-meter diving competition with a score of 261.85. Proehl, a senior from San Diego, Calif., also recorded a second-place finish in the three-meter dive with a score of 258.50.
Other notable scorers included sophomore Shannon Garlie, who placed second in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:19.51), Bunting, who swam to a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.86), while freshman Rebecca Swank won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:01.92.
The Kansas 200-yard freestyle relay team of Johannessen, Kuzhil, junior Amanda Maez and Brull captured first place with a time of 1:35.11.
The Jayhawks return to the pool Saturday in Los Angeles when KU takes on Loyola Marymount and UC San Diego. The meet is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.