Kansas Swimming and Diving Falls to No. 18 Arkansas

Jan. 13, 2011

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Athlete Interview: Lusk

Despite two wins from freshman Alison Lusk and senior Iuliia Kuzhil, the University of Kansas swimming and diving team lost to No. 18 Arkansas, 170-130 Thursday at Robinson Natatorium. The Jayhawks fell to 6-5 in dual competition, while the Razorbacks rose to 7-2.

“We were pleased with how we did,” Kansas head Coach Clark Campbell said. “We are kind of all over the map with training camp and coming off of last week. We had some really good things and some not-so-good things, but that’s just how it gets during training camp. It’s always good to have a Top-20 team like Arkansas come in here and I think we competed well. Now, we’ve got to just be done with today and get ready for Nebraska on Saturday.”

Lusk, a freshman from Chattanooga, Tenn., took first in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.13) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.27) during the dual. She was named the Swimmer of the Meet by her coaches and teammates. Lusk has won a total of three events in KU’s last three meets.

“I thought Alison Lusk did a really good job in both her breaststroke races today,” Campbell said. “Alison keeps getting better every single week and she raced well. She is really on track to have a good end of the season and I can’t wait to see what she can do this weekend, and also in February and March.”

Kuzhil, a senior from Cherkasy, Ukraine, also won two events, placing first in the 100-yard backstroke (55.78) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.50).

On the diving side, sophomore Christy Cash qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving meet with her fourth-place score of 265.26 on the one-meter board. On the three-meter dive, freshman Alyssa Golden recorded a career-high with her fourth-place total of 257.02.

Kansas travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on conference opponent Nebraska Saturday at Devaney Natatorium. The meet is set to begin at 2 p.m.