Swimming and Diving Cruises Past Nebraska

Jan. 16, 2010

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Junior Iuliia Kuzhil broke two pool records to help Kansas swimming and diving defeat Nebraska, 182-109, Saturday at Robinson Natatorium. The Jayhawks improve to 6-4 in dual competition, while the Huskers fall to 3-2.

“I’m really happy with how we swam today,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “This week was really tough coming off of our training trip in Los Angeles. In the last part of our training trip, we did a lot more lifting. We just focused on having a long warm-up, and we had a really nice meet. We set ourselves up nicely for the end.”

Kuzhil, a junior from Cherkasy, Ukraine, won the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events. In the 100 backstroke, her time of 55.20 seconds broke the Robinson Natatorium record, previously set by Kansas’ Katie Chapeau in 1993. That time was also good enough to meet the NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standard.

Kuzhil also broke the pool record in the 200 backstroke with her time of 1:59.42, breaking the previous time of 2:00.72 set by Texas A&M’s Emily Neal in 2008.

Senior captain Meg Proehl also met the NCAA qualifying standard for the one-meter dive with a score of 299.97, and for the three-meter dive with a score of 298.35. Both scores were career highs for the senior diver.

Junior captain Joy Bunting won three events on Saturday. The junior from Greeley, Colo., won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.03), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.31) and the 200-yard IM (2:06.92). Freshman Monica Johannessen also won three events, taking the 50-yard freestyle (24.26), the 100-yard freestyle (51.63) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.40). Freshman Rebecca Swank chipped in two wins, placing first in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:03.74) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.97).

The Jayhawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 23 when KU takes on South Dakota and Northern Iowa in a double dual meet at Robinson Natatorium. The meet is set to begin at 3 p.m.