Swimming and Diving Races Past Nebraska 161-139
Jan. 17, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. –
Kansas swimming and diving defeated Nebraska, 161-139, Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb., to claim its sixth straight dual-meet victory. The Jayhawks were led by senior Danielle Herrmann who claimed first place in three events, the 200 yard IM, 200 and 100 yard breaststroke. KU also took the top spot in both diving events, with Erin Mertz winning the 1 meter and Meghan Proehl winning the 3 meter competition.
Kansas got off to an inauspicious start as the Huskers won the first three events. KU’s Iuliia Kuzhil won the fourth event, the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 57.20. Kuzhil also went on to win the 200 yard backstroke in a time of 2:03.89.
Herrmann continued the Jayhawk run in the fifth event with her 100 yard breaststroke victory in a time of 1:03.20. Herrmann and sophomore Joy Bunting would claim the top two spots in the 200 yard breaststroke and 200 yard IM. Herrmann won the events in times of 2:18.63 in the 200 yard breaststroke and 2:05.24 in the 200 yard IM.
Senior Maria Mayrovich continued her strong swimming as she won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. She was victorious in the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 23.39 and in the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 50.38.
Mertz and Proehl combined for the top two spots on the 1 meter board. Mertz’s score of 291.38 was nearly 16 points better than Proehl’s. However, Proehl would end the day with a victory on the 3 meter board with a score of 281.03 to narrowly defeat Nebraska’s Courtney Jolly by 0.6 points.
The 22-point victory improves Kansas’s dual-meet record to 8-2, while Nebraska falls to 1-3. Kansas won nine of the final 13 events.
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.