Swimming and Diving Improves to 2-0 in Big 12 Competition with win over Nebraska

Jan. 14, 2006

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Lawrence, Kan. — The Kansas swimming and diving team defeated Nebraska, 176-124, in the first home dual meet for the Jayhawks in 2006. The Jayhawks won 10 of the 16 events and the win gives Kansas a 2-0 mark in Big 12 Competition.

Leading the way for the Jayhawks was junior Jenny Short, freshman Danielle Herrmann, senior Lindsey Urbatchka, and sophomore Terri Schramka. The team finished first in the 200 medley relay in 1:46.15. Kansas also had a fourth place finish (1:49.75) and a sixth place finish (1:52.76) in the race.

Junior Lia Pogioli took the top spot for the `Hawks in the 1000 free. The Peoria, Ill., native finished second in the race with a time of 10:13.12. Freshman Molly Brammer finished third with a time of 10:16.15 and sophomore Lindsay Herre finished sixth in 10:34.38. Senior co-captain Gina Gnatzig finished second (1:52.56) in the 200 free, Schramka finished third (1:52.63) and junior Bri Brotherson finished sixth (1:56.68).

Junior Jenny Short finished first in the 100 back with a time of 57.56. Sophomore Lauren Bonfe finished second (58.17) and sophomore Allie Rubino finished fourth (1:00.26). Herrmann took home a first place finish in the 100 breast. The Itsaca, Ill., native finished the race in 1:04.72. Freshman Rhynn Malloy finished third with a time of 1:08.26 and freshman Shanna Bradbury finished fifth with a time of 1:08.93.

Freshman Ashley Leidigh won the 200 fly with a time of 2:05.60. Junior Emily Knopp placed third (2:08.87) and senior co-captain Emily Rusch finished fourth (2:09.09). In the 50 free, Urbatchka placed second (24.63), junior Tricia Tindall placed fourth (25.01) and freshman Jessica Brozek placed sixth (26.04).

In the 100 free, Gnatzig finished second (52.69), Leidigh finished third (53.95) and Brotherson finished fifth (54.80). Schramka’s second of three wins came in the 200 back with her time of 2:04.61. Short finished second (2:07.42) and Rubino finished fourth (2:11.37). Herrmann recorded her third win of the day in the 200 breast with a time of 2:21.07. Malloy finished second (2:23.18) and Bradbury finished fourth (2:28.23).

In the 500 free, Gnatzig lead the way for Kansas with a second place time of 4:58.45. Brammer finished fourth (5:02.41) and Pogioli finished fifth (5:05.33). Leidigh took the top spot in the 100 fly. The Merriam, Kan., native finished the race in 57.42. Urbatchka placed second with a time of 57.79 and freshman Jessica Brozek finished fifth with a time of 1:00.05.

Brammer, Bradbury and Rusch finished second (4:32.09), third (4:33.90) and fourth (4:34.75) respectively in the 400 IM. In the last race of the day, the Jayhawks took the top spot. Ledigh, Schramka, Gnatzig, and Urbatchka combined to finish the 400 free relay in 3:33.07. Kansas also had teams that placed third (3:37.73) and sixth (3:44.31).

“In a lot of sports, teams have the ability to win while not performing to their full potential and today we did not perform as fast as we usually do,” said head coach Clark Campbell. “We are tired and broken from winter training and the foundation we laid with that training was fantastic. Now we have a few weeks to reach our potential and today showed that we have a team that can win and perform even though they are tired.”

In diving action, junior Shelby Noonan lead the way for the Jayhawks finishing first in the one-meter and three-meter competitions. Noonan scored 253.63 points in one-meter diving, senior Casey Topol scored 241.42 points to finish third and senior Robyn Karlage scored 213.30 points to finish sixth.

Noonan scored 283.73 points in the three-meter competition to earn the top spot. That score qualified her for the NCAA Zone D Diving Competition in Columbia, Mo. Topol followed Noonan with 231.45 points to take fourth and Karlage finished sixth with 229.95 points.

“Shelby really worked hard during the winter training but she still isn’t at peak performance,” said head diving coach Eric Elliot. “I expect lots of great things out of her at the Zones.”

The Jayhawks will have the week off before hosting Drury on Jan. 27th at 5 p.m. at Robinson Natatorium. For complete results following the dual go to www.kuathletics.com.


Kansas, 176

Nebraska, 124

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