Swimming and Diving Heads to Nebraska for Big 12 Battle

Jan. 15, 2009


Kansas (7-2) swimming and diving will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a Saturday afternoon tilt scheduled for 2 p.m. against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Kansas, fresh off two impressive performances last weekend over FIU and Miami, will face a Nebraska (1-2) team that has yet to compete in the new calendar year.

Last weekend, Kansas opened 2009 with two dual-meet victories, led by senior freestyler, Maria Mayrovich. On the weekend, Mayrovich was victorious in four individual events. Senior Hannah McMacken led KU against Miami on the diving board with a career-best 296.03 score in the 3 meter.

Nebraska will be hosting KU for its first home dual of the 2008-09 season. In the Huskers last dual, they overwhelmed South Dakota State 176-119. The two squads each received glimpses of one another at the Big 12 Relays in October. Nebraska finished in sixth place
with 28 points, while the Jayhawks tied for third with 62 points.

“We’re excited to get on the road and compete with Nebraska,” said head coach Clark Campbell. “We have a great rivalry with their program and both teams bring out the best in each other. It should be an exciting meet. We are looking to keep the momentum going from our trip to Florida and take important steps forward towards the Big 12 Championship.”

Last year, KU defeated Nebraska 197-99 in Lawrence on Senior Day. On that day, Danielle Herrmann broke two Robinson Natatorium records in the 100 (1:02.84) and 200 (2:17.70) yard breaststroke events. The Jayhawks also hold an 11-19 all-time advantage against the Cornhuskers.

Following the dual at Nebraska, Kansas will return to non-conference action with a dual at Arkansas on January 22. Kansas’ next home meet will be Jan. 24 against South Dakota and Northern Iowa in a triangular dual.