Kansas Closes Out Home Schedule Against USD, UNI

Jan. 21, 2010


Kansas swimming and diving (6-4) finishes its home season in Robinson Natatorium Saturday at 3 p.m. The Jayhawks host South Dakota and Northern Iowa for senior appreciation day. KU will recognize five seniors, including Carrah Haley, Melissa Heyrman, Allison Ho, Emily Lanteigne and Meghan Proehl.

Last weekend, junior Iuliia Kuzhil broke two pool records in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events to help Kansas defeat Nebraska, 182-109. Senior diver Proehl met the NCAA qualifying standard for the one-meter and three-meter dives, leading the Kansas diving team with two first-place finishes.

USD is coming off two dual losses at the South Dakota State Triangular. The Coyotes lost to St. Louis (145-96) and SDSU (161-80). UNI’s last action was a 146-142 victory against Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday.

“Our meet this weekend is special because we will be honoring our five seniors,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “They have all brought much to our program and we are excited to watch them compete for their final time at Robinson Natatorium.”

Haley is co-captaining the swimming and diving team this year. The senior from Casper, Wyo. earned nine points for KU at the Big 12 Championships. She had Kansas’ third-best season times in the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle events, and the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events last season.

Heyrman has competed at the Big 12 Championships in the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes every year. The backstroke specialist from Rochester, Minn. has been selected as Academic All-Big 12 First Team since her freshman season.

Ho, a diver from Topeka, Kan., provides solid depth. Last season, she placed 18th (159.20) on the platform, 21st (200.35) on the one-meter board and 22nd (180.25) on the three-meter board at the Big 12 Championships.

Lanteigne has scored at the Big 12s the past three years. Last year, the senior from Naperville, Ill. posted the fourth-fastest 100 free time and third-fastest 200 free time overall at KU. She is an Academic All-American, and a CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention.

Co-captain Proehl has been a solid leader for the diving team. From San Diego, Calif. Proehl was KU’s top finisher at the 2009 Big 12 Championships as she placed seventh on the one-meter and three-meter boards and, ninth on the platform.

Following the home meet on Saturday, the Jayhawks will travel to Iowa State for a two-day meet in Ames, Iowa on Feb. 5. Day one of the meet is set to begin at 6 p.m.