Bunting shines in day 2 of Big 12 Championships as Jayhawks sit within striking distance of Nebraska

Feb. 24, 2011

Bunting on her performance

AUSTIN, Texas –

Senior Joy Bunting led the way for the Jayhawks as KU scored a total of 60 points on the second day of competition at the Big 12 Championship in Austin, Texas and now sits just six points behind Nebraska for fourth place.

Bunting took home ninth overall place and first in her heat on the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:00.70, which equaled her season best and was actually the seventh-fastest time in that event.

“This afternoon I just did what Coach (Clark) Campbell told me to do and went out on the fly, stayed on the backstroke and brought it on the breast stroke,” Bunting said.

Bunting bested her score of 2:01.88 in last year’s Big 12 Championships by over a second.

“It means a lot,” she said. “Especially this being my senior year, I am just glad I’m able to represent Kansas and to have fun in the process.”

Finishing just a few places behind her teammate was sophomore Brooke Brull who swam to a 2:02.58 time which put her in 14th place.

KU’S 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Amanda Maez, junior Abigail Anderson and sophomores Brooke Brull and Monica Johannessen gave the Jayhawks a season best time of 1:32.50 which was good enough for fourth place. The team’s relay time surpassed their previous season high by nearly three seconds.

In the 500-yard freestyle, three of four Kansas swimmers set new season highs with freshman Morgan Sharp leading the way in 12th overall place with a time of 4:49.63, followed by sophomore Rebecca Swank in 13th at 4:49.99 and Malia Johnson who rounded out the Crimson and Blue trio in 14th place with a time of 4:53.18. Junior Shannon Garlie was not too far off the pace as she came in 16th with a time of 4:57.50.

Sophomore Monica Johannessen was the highest finisher for the Jayhawks in the 50-yard freestyle as she placed 12th with a time of 23.40. Senior Amanda Maez (23.79) and freshman Shelby Cox (23.88) rounded out KU’s competition in that event finishing 22nd and 24th respectively.

“Joy winning consolation finals of the 200 IM was probably the highlight of tonight,” said KU Head Coach Clark Campbell. “I was also really happy with Rebecca Swank and Morgan Sharp getting life-time best times and swimming really good races. Overall there was just more energy on the deck,” he added. “And that is what you have to do to maintain your intensity throughout the meet.”


1-Texas A&M (336.0)

2-Texas (301.5)

3-Missouri (212.5)

4-Nebraska (128)

5-Kansas (122)

6-Iowa State (89)


1-Texas 1:28.15

2-Texas A&M 1:29.48

3-Missouri 1:30.80

4-Kansas 1:32.50

5-Nebraska 1:32.62

6-Iowa State 1:34:60

(KU-Maez, Anderson, Brull & Johannessen)


1-Cammile Adams (Texas A&M) 4:39.14

2-Sarah Henry (Texas A&M) 4:41.05

3-Natalie Sacco (Texas) 4:46.03

4-Hannah Kinder (Texas) 4:47.57

5-Mauree McLaine (Texas A&M) 4:47.67

6-Alyssa Conner (Texas A&M) 4:48.23

7-Leah Gingrich (Texas) 4:50.58

8-Stephanie Rovig (Missouri) 4:51.26

12-Morgan Sharp (Kansas) 4:49.63

13-Rebecca Swank (Kansas) 4:49.99

14-Malia Johnson (Kansas) 4:53.18

16-Shannon Garlie (Kansas) 4:57.50


1-Karlee Bispo (Texas) 1:55.15

2-Lindsey King (Texas A&M) 1:57.98

3-Laura Sogar (Texas) 1:58.23

4-Erica Dittmer (Texas A&M) 1:58.43

5-Melanie Dodds (Texas A&M) 1:59.50

6-Dominique Bouchard (Missouri) 2:00.58

7-Rita Medrano (Texas A&M) 2:00.78

8-Anna Heller (Texas A&M) 2:00.98

9-Joy Bunting (Kansas) 2:00.70

14-Brooke Brull (Kansas) 2:02.58


1-Kelsey Amundsen (Texas) 22.50

2-Maria Sommer (Texas A&M) 22.52

2-Liliana Ibanez (Texas A&M) 22.52

4-Bethany Adams (Texas) 22.54

5-Ellen Lobb (Texas) 22.62

6-Brie Powers (Texas) 22.77

7-Cassie Cunningham (Missouri) 22.92

8-Lisa Nathanson (Missouri) 23.29

12-Monica Johannessen (Kansas) 23.40

22-Amanda Maez (Kansas) 23.79

24-Shelby Cox (Kansas) 23.88