Strong Team Effort Gives Jayhawks Edge Over Hawaii

Jan. 19, 2013

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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Seven different Jayhawks grabbed first-place finishes, as Kansas swimming and diving defeated Hawaii, 162-138, in its dual Friday afternoon at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.

Kansas (5-3, 1-0 Big 12) got top-finishes from senior Brooke Brull (200-yard backstroke, 2:03.53), juniors Alison Lusk (200-yard breaststroke, 2:17.87) and Morgan Sharp (500-yard freestyle, 4:56.00), sophomore Alina Vats (100-yard backstroke, 56.79), as well as freshmen Bryce Hinde (100-yard breaststroke, 1:03.83), Chelsie Miller (400-yard IM, 4:26.79) and Haley Molden (200-yard freestyle, 1:50.54).

“We have never been more proud of a team than we were tonight,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “When you get toward the end of a training trip, it is difficult. We threw a challenge at them and they did marvelous. For them to come out today and swim the way that they did was an awesome way to end our training trip.”
Senior diver Christy Cash finished the platform event with a score of 226.00, which was enough to qualify her for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in March (3/11-13). Overall, the Jayhawks had 20 swims that topped their times from the fall, adding to the 10 from the UCLA/San Diego State meet.
“It was a really good sign that we doubled the amount of faster swims in the span of a week,” Campbell said. “The experience out here has been great. The training and the whole ball of wax has just been a really good experience. Tonight they really got into it and had a very good meet.”
Leading Hawaii was junior Sofia Djelic, who took two first-place finishes for the Rainbow Wahine. Djelic took top honors both butterfly events, finishing the 100-yard event with a time of 56.33 and the 200-yards in 2:03.00. Junior Karima Chuk (1,000-yard freestyle, 10:06.27) and sophomores Jasmine Alkhaldi (50-yard freestyle, 23.53) and Katie Stover (100-yard freestyle, 51.18) grabbed the other top-finishes for Hawaii.
The Jayhawks will spend one more day on the islands to practice, before returning home and concluding their 11-day training trip on Sunday. The team will have a two-week break from competition before taking on No. 18 Arkansas on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.
“(Arkansas) will be one of the three best teams that we will face in a dual meet,” Campbell said. “They are going to come in excited and it’s going to be a heck of a challenge. We just have to keep focusing on what we can control and if we have 20 plus times that are faster than they were in the fall, then we are going to be good to go.”
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