Jayhawks Close Gap on Second Day of Big 12 Championships
Feb. 28, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – Senior captain Brooke Brull and freshman diver Meredith Brownell each scored 14 points for the Kansas swimming and diving team to lead the Jayhawks on the second day of the 2013 Big 12 Championships, Thursday night at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
Brull, the current Big 12 Swimmer of the Week, took fifth place and set a season-best time of 2:02.15 in the 200-yard IM. Brownell put up a score of 273.05 to finish fifth in the one-meter diving event. The Jayhawks scored 125.5 total points on the meet’s second day, giving them a total of 155.5 after the first two days of competition.
“Brooke’s IM was really solid,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “She put together a really nice front half which is her strength and got us a really good championship swim.”
Kansas (6-4, 2-0 Big 12) got off to a hot start in the evening’s first event when the combined efforts of junior Morgan Sharp (4:50.33, ninth), senior Rebecca Swank (4:50.97, 10th), freshman Haley Molden (4:54.46, 11th), junior Alison Moffit (4:54.76, 12th) and junior Malia Johnson (4:56.77, 14th) put up a total of 30 points in the 500-yard freestyle.
“Alison Moffit had a tremendous 500-yard freestyle in both the preliminaries and the finals,” Campbell said. “The rest of them did not have as good of a 500 as they wanted in the morning, but what we were so happy about was all five of them were faster at night. That really got us going in the right direction and created a lot of energy.”
Rounding out the scoring effort for the Jayhawks were seniors Svetlana Golovchun (23.10, eighth) and Brittany Rospierski (2:04.90, eighth), who recorded 11 points each for their efforts in the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard IM, respectively. Sophomore Deanna Marks used a season-best time of 2:05.43 in the 200-yard IM to finish in a tie for 13th and add 3.5 points to the Jayhawks’ total. On the boards the KU got 12 points from senior Christy Cash, who finished the one-meter event with a season-best score of 268.95. The Jayhawks also received 30 points from the 400-yard medley relay team that placed fourth with a season-best time of 3:43.86.
“We are now kind of getting in the flow of the meet,” Campbell said. “We need to continue to build on our momentum.”
The Jayhawks’ 155.5 points put them in fifth place behind Texas (318), West Virginia (217), TCU (181) and Iowa State (175.5) heading into day three of the championships.
“Tomorrow is a better day event-wise,” Campbell said. “We get a lot more people in one or two events, so we have a chance to get a lot of swims and a lot of second swims, so we will see what tomorrow brings.”
The Jayhawks will be back in the pool Friday morning for day three of four of the Big 12 Championships, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m. The order of events is as follows:
Preliminaries (10 a.m.)
200-yard freestyle relay
three-meter diving (2:35 p.m.)
Finals (6 p.m.) 400-yard IM
200-yard freestyle relay
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