Kansas Swimming and Diving Celebrates Third-Place Finish at Big 12's

Feb. 17, 2007

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The University of Kansas swimming and diving team finished the four-day Big 12 Conference Championships in third-place with 448.50 points behind first-place Texas A&M and second-place Texas. The Aggies edged out the Longhorns by only one-point, 931-930. Kansas placed fourth at both the 2005 and 2006 Big 12 meets with its last third-place victory in 2004, also the two highest KU Big 12 finishes since 2000.

Leading the way for the Jayhawks in Saturday competition was freshman and Lawrence native Ashley Robinson. Robinson’s 1650-yard freestyle was good for a KU third-place in the event, a new school record for Kansas and a hopeful NCAA qualification (16:24.76). Adding depth for the `Hawks in the 1650 event was freshman Alicia Casillas who finished seventh (16:33.05).

Senior Jenny Short and sophomore Danielle Herrmann had repeat stellar swims Saturday after breaking Kansas records in Friday competition. Short finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.62), while Herrmann swam to a time of 2:16.35 in the 200-yard breaststroke, good for a fifth-place finish in the event.

In Saturday diving action, senior Shelby Noonan finished seventh for the Jayhawks in the platform diving competition. Noonan posted a score of 205.20 during preliminaries of the competition, while finishing finals with 202.95 points.

For complete results from the final day of competition at the Big 12 Conference Championships, click


Jayhawk diving will next be in action at the Zone Diving Competition March 2-4, while NCAA qualifiers will head to Minneapolis, Minn., March 8-10 for the NCAA Championships. Stay tuned to kuathletics.com for information and results.

Big 12 Conference Championship Final Standings:


1. Texas A&M: 931

2. Texas: 930

3. Kansas: 448.50

4. Missouri: 419

5. Nebraska: 350.50

6. Iowa State: 325


1. Texas: 1,114

2. Texas A&M: 828

3. Missouri: 735