Garlie & Golovchun Set the Pace During First Day of Big 12 Championships

Feb. 22, 2012

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Led by senior captain Shannon Garlie and junior Svetlana Golovchun, the Kansas swimming and diving team posted a total of 60 points following the first day of the 2012 Big 12 Championships. KU currently sits in fourth place behind Texas A&M, Texas and Missouri, with three more days to go in Columbia.

Garlie, who is competing in her final Big 12’s had a lifetime best performance leading off the 800 free relay, while Golovchun achieved a career best of her own, while she was swimming the 50 back during the 200 medley relay.

The Jayhawks began the night with the medley relay, where they placed fourth, with a time of 1:41.68. The ‘A’ relay team of Svetlana Golovchun, Brittany Rospierski, Sofiia Filatova and Kaja Kolsek earned their school 30-points, while a trio of KU heats swam in exhibition action later on in the event.

“I feel like we really over achieved in the medley relay,” said head coach Clark Campbell. “I was very impressed with how we started the meet off.”

The Jayhawks would then continue their fast start following the men’s one meter dive, when they got back into the pool for the 800 free relay, which was the second and final swimming event of the night.

Kansas would again tally 30-points with their 7:17.39 time and fourth place finish in the relay. Their 800 free team consisted of Shannon Garlie, Brooke Brull, Morgan Sharp and Rebecca Swank.

“Our 800 free relay was the exact same as it was in Austin (at the 2011 Big 12 Championships), and we were three seconds faster than we were last year,” Coach Campbell explained. “So it was a really good start to the meet and we just have to keep the momentum going.”

After a relatively light night, KU swimmers and divers will have a full slate of action ahead of them tomorrow as preliminaries begin at 10 a.m., with the finals scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. inside the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Point Totals (Through Day #1)
1) Texas A&M -74 pts
2) Texas -72 pts
3) Missouri -66 pts
4) Kansas -60 pts
5) Iowa State -56 pts

Schedule of Events (Day #2)
Prelims 10 a.m. /Finals 6 p.m.
200 free relay
1 meter diving
500 free
200 individual medley
50 free

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