Jayhawks Finish Fourth at Big 12 Championships

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March 2, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas – Freshman Chelsie Miller, junior Alison Moffit and senior Rebecca Swank combined for 38 points in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the Kansas swimming and diving team to lead the Jayhawks on the final day of the 2013 Big 12 Championships, Saturday night at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.

Miller, a Houston, Texas native, finished fourth in the event and recorded her second NCAA B time standard of the weekend, finishing the race in 16:26.33. Miller was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after the conclusion of the meet. Moffit (16:38.82) and Swank (16:53.15) also delivered season-best times for KU in the event, finishing seventh and eighth respectively. The Jayhawks scored 214 total points on the meet’s final day, giving them a total of 540.5 for the meet and a fourth-place finish.

“(Chelsie) pulled off an amazing double, finishing fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle and then 45 minutes later hopping up on the blocks and having a season-best time in and finishing fourth in the 200-yard butterfly,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “She really showed the conference how tough of an athlete she is.”

In the night’s first event, Kansas (6-4, 2-0 Big 12) got 20 points behind season-best performances from senior Brooke Brull (1:59.56, seventh), junior Sofiia Filatova (2:02.20, 12th) and sophomore Caroline Patterson (2:04.83, 14th) in the 200-yard backstroke. Three more season-best times in the 100-yard freestyle from senior Svetlana Golovchun (50.37, sixth) freshman Haley Molden (50.61, ninth) and junior Morgan Sharp (51.26, 11th) picked up 28 more points for the Jayhawks in the second event of the evening.

Two more NCAA B time standards from junior Alison Lusk (2:15.43, sixth) and freshman Bryce Hinde (2:15.95, seventh) in the 200-yard breaststroke added 25 points to the Kansas total in the first event after the 1,650-yard freestyle. Senior Brittany Rospierski also added a season-best time (2:19.39) to finish 14th in the event to add three points to the Kansas total.

Miller (2:00.66, fourth), sophomore Deanna Marks (2:02.98, fifth) and Malia Johnson (2:03.77, 10th) all posted season-best times and combined for 36 points in the 200-yard butterfly which was the final individual swimming event of the evening. The Jayhawks got 34 points from the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Molden, Golovchun, Sharp and Brull, who placed second with a season-best time.

“We were better than we ever have been and we finished on a very high note,” Campbell said. “I am so proud of the team and how resilient they were at bouncing back from the first day disqualification. We definitely built momentum and finished on a really high note.”

On the boards, the Jayhawks were led by senior Christy Cash who finished fourth in the platform event with a career-best score of 242.85 to give KU 15 points. The Jayhawks also got scoring contributions from freshman Meredith Brownell (164.55), junior Alyssa Golden (154.15) and freshman Madeline Martin (136.25) who combined for 15 points.
The Jayhawks’ finished the meet behind Big 12 Champion Texas (1,051), West Virginia (576) and TCU (574) and ahead of Iowa State (486.5), after the fourth and final day of the championships.

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