Hinde Leads Kansas in Double Dual Defeat

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Jan. 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -Freshman Bryce Hinde picked up two top-three finishes to lead the Jayhawks, as Kansas swimming and diving fell in its double dual against San Diego State, 197.50-101.50, and host UCLA, 218.00-81.00, Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. Hinde, a Fulton, Kan. native, picked up season-best times in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.12), where she placed second, and in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.77), good for third place. Hinde also swam the second leg on the 200-yard medley relay team that finished third for Kansas (4-3, 1-0 Big 12). “(Hinde) had a huge breakthrough performance today,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “We tweaked her stroke a little bit and she has really responded well to it.” Senior Brooke Brull swam a season-best time in the 200-yard backstroke to place second, while junior Morgan Sharp (500-yard freestyle, 4:56.60) and freshman Haley Molden (200-yard freestyle, 1:50.85) picked up the other top-three finishes for the Jayhawks. Senior Rebecca Swank notched season-best times in both of her events, getting narrowly out-touched in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:15.31) to finish fourth while she knocked nearly four seconds off of her previous best in the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.18) to finish sixth. “We had 10 swims that were better than what we had in the fall and we had a bunch that were within a percentage or two,” Campbell said. “For being off from racing for eight weeks, it was a really good step.” UCLA (10-0) was led by junior Ting Quah who had a hand in four of the nine top finishes for the No. 13 Bruins, winning the 100-yard butterfly (54.59), the 100-yard freestyle (50.75), the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.37) and swimming the second leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:25.26). San Diego State (7-1), a team receiving votes in the national polls, picked up four top-finishes from seniors Leona Jennings and Katelyn Weddle. Jennings took both backstroke events, finishing with the 100-yard event with a time of 55.59 and the 200-yards in 2:01.32. Weddle swept the breaststroke events, taking the 100-yard event with a time of 1:02.67 and claiming the 200-yard victory in 2:16.17. Weddle also swam the second leg of the top-placing 200-yard medley relay team (1:43.02). “They are very deserving of where they are at, they are very good programs,” Campbell said of UCLA and San Diego State. “The team did really well and the score wasn’t reflective of how close the races were. We got out-touched here and there and that’s what happens in college dual meets.” The Jayhawks will continue their road trip tomorrow morning when they depart for Honolulu, Hawaii, where they will train for the next week and compete against the University of Hawaii on Friday, Jan. 18. “We have a very clear idea of where we are right now,” Campbell said. “What we want to do is get more people to better the times they had in the fall. We have an ideal set point to work from right now and we want to go into Hawaii and get in some really good training and by the end of next week, see if we can be better than we were today.” Follow the Jayhawks’ swimmers during the remainder of their winter training trip with senior swimmer Madison Wagner, who is giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the team’s trip out West through a series of video blogs on KUAthletics.com. KUAthletics.com: The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.