Jayhawks in Third at Big 12 Championships after Day Three

Feb. 24, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimming and diving team is in third place after three days of competition at the Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Mo. The Jayhawks recorded 310 points and trail Texas (683.5) and Texas A&M (527). Kansas leads Missouri (276), Nebraska (236.5) and Iowa State (223).

Senior Emily Rusch led the way for the Jayhawks in the 400 IM. The Urbana, Ill., native finished the race in 4:25.14 to finish in seventh. Junior Bri Brotherson finished 10th (4:24.58), freshman Shanna Bradbury finished 11th (4:25.18), freshman Rhynn Malloy finished 15th (4:31.82), and freshman Molly Brammer finished 17th (4:31.88).

In the 100 fly, freshman Ashley Leidigh finished fifth with a time of 54.63. Sophomore Lauren Bonfe finished ninth (56.02), senior Lindsey Urbatchka finished 12th (56.51), junior Tricia Tindall finished 15th (58.05), and sophomore Allie Rubino finished 23rd (58.52).

The Jayhawks were led by senior Gina Gnatzig in the 200 free. The Whitewater, Wis., native finished the race in sixth place with a time of 1:49.38. Sophomore Terri Schramka finished the race in 12th with a time of 1:50.92 and junior Lia Pogioli finished the race in 16th with a time of 1:53.27.

In the 100 breast, freshman Danielle Herrmann finished the race in 1:03.33 to take fourth place. Malloy took 15th with a time of 1:06.93 and sophomore Nikki Maples took 20th with a time of 1:07.74.

Junior Jenny Short took sixth place in the 100 back. The Olathe, Kan., native finished the race in 55.58. Bonfe finished a close eight with a time of 55.99 and Rubino finished 15th with a time of 58.46. Senior Megan Boecker finished the race in 24th with a time of 1:01.33.

In the final race of the day, the relay team of Leidigh, Schramka, Gnatzig, and Urbatchka finished the 200 free relay with a time of 1:35.12. That time earned the Jayhawks a fifth place finish.

“We were in a good position to score a lot of points today,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “We are in third place right now, which was our goal, and we will be in a dog fight tomorrow was Missouri to stay in third.”

The `Hawks will be back in action Feb. 25 with prelims starting at 10 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m. For complete results go to www.kuathletics.com.