Jayhawks Trail Cyclones 82-68, Heading into Second Day of Road Dual Meet
Feb. 3, 2012
AMES, Iowa – The Kansas swimming and diving team is within striking distance following day one of their two day dual meet with the Iowa State Cyclones. The Jayhawks trail ISU 82-68 following the meet’s first eight events.
“IowaState is really good in the shorter events,” said KU head coach Clark Campbell. “They came out, swam with a lot of intensity and put their hand on the wall first.”
That fast start for the home team was highlighted by a first place finish in the 200 medley relay, which was the meet’s first event.
Kansas claimed its first event of the two-day dual by sweeping first, second and third place in the 800 freestyle. The trifecta was headlined by sophomore Alison Moffitt’s 8:12.50 performance, followed by junior Rebecca Swank (8:13.13) and sophomore Malia Johnson (8:17.22).
That feat would be replicated in the very next event, as Shannon Garlie, Morgan Sharp and Brooke Brull all swam to top three times during the 150 free. Garlie would finish ahead of her two teammates, compiling a time of 1:22.72, while Sharp and Brull swam to 1:23.67 and 1:24.10 times respectively.
Newcomer Sophiia Filatova made a splash in her first competitive meet at Kansas. The sophomore from St. Petersburg, Russia claimed first place honors in the 150 butterfly, with a time of 1:29.56.
“Sophia had a really nice 150 butterfly and looked strong,” Campbell thought. “She also had a good 50 in the relay, so it was a really nice coming out party for her.”
Filatova’s top time along with Deanna Marks and Stephanie Payne’s second and third place performances would propel their team into the lead as KU held a 59-53 edge, heading into the diving break. Unfortunately that lead would not hold up as the Cyclones surged ahead, finishing first in the night’s final two events and earning a 14-point lead in the process.
“In the longer events we were stronger but in a meet like this you have to be sharp,” Campbell explained. “They (ISU) are out to a bit of a lead right now and we have a monumental challenge ahead of us. Luckily we do have more long events than we do short events tomorrow.”
On the boards, Junior Christy Cash earned a second place finish in the one meter dive with her 269.85 score, while sophomore Alyssa Golden placed fifth at 243.07. Both earned points for their school.
The dual meet’s final eight events take place Saturday morning at 10 inside Beyer Pool. The Jayhawks will be looking for their eighth straight win against IowaState, dating back to the 2003-04 season.
Rundown of events for Day #2
3 Meter Diving
200 Free Relay
Log onto kuathletics.com following tomorrow’s meet for results, recaps and interviews.