Swimming and Diving To Celebrate Senior Day Against Iowa State
Feb. 5, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas (10-3) swimming and diving will face Big 12 foe Iowa State Friday and Saturday for a two-day dual meet. The dual is Kansas’ last home event of the season and the Jayhawks will honor nine seniors on Friday night beginning at 5:50 p.m. Saturday morning’s action will begin at 10 a.m.
Kansas had a bye week last week, but owns a 5-1 record in the 2009 calendar year. In addition, prior to the bye week, senior Maria Mayrovich was named the Big 12 Swimmer of the Week for her record-breaking performance in the 100 yard freestyle against South Dakota and Northern Iowa.
Kansas will also recognize its nine graduating seniors on Friday night: Molly Brammer, Jessica Brozek, Danielle Herrmann, Ashley Leidigh, Anne Liggett, Rhynn Malloy, Kendall Matous, Maria Mayrovich and Hannah McMacken.
“They (the seniors) are a very neat group,” said Campbell. “It is our largest senior class that I’ve had here at Kansas. They’re a great group. When you lose nine to graduation, that is a huge class, so I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to replace them. They have each left a very positive mark on the program and as a team we are going to honor them for all of their hard work this weekend.”
The dual against Iowa State will provide the swimmers an opportunity to race in some unorthodox events like the 150 yard breaststroke and 300 yard IM.
“It is an alternative event format order, so it’s only about racing and having fun to gain some momentum heading into Big 12’s,” said head coach Clark Campbell. “We have traditionally done this with Iowa State the past few years and it is a lot of fun. The events are events that our swimmers rarely get to swim.”
Iowa State owns a 6-4 record and has defeated several of the same opponents that KU has faced, including South Dakota, Northern Iowa and Nebraska-Omaha. Iowa State has also competed against Missouri and Nebraska, falling to both.
Kansas and Iowa State met at the Big 12 Relays in the Fall. Kansas tied for third with 62 points, while Iowa State placed fifth with 42 points. Last year when the two teams met, KU won 188-102.
Please check back with kuathletics.com for the results following this weekend’s action.