KU's Kuzhil Places at Day Two of NCAA Swimming and Diving

March 19, 2010


Kansas junior Iuliia Kuzhil took ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke on the second day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The swimmer from Cherkasy, Ukraine finished with a finals time of 52.02 seconds, the fourth-fastest of the competition.

Kuzhil placed ninth in the preliminaries with a time of 52.60 seconds, before racing to her 52.02-second finals finish, earning her ninth overall.

“We are absolutely ecstatic about Iuliia’s 100 back,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “It was a well put-together race. She’s carrying a lot of momentum into the 200-yard backstroke tomorrow.”

Senior diver Meghan Proehl also competed at the NCAAs Friday on Purdue’s campus. She placed 32nd in the preliminaries with 273.05 points.

Both Kansas athletes will be back in action Saturday at the Boilermakers Aquatic Center. Kuzhil will race in the 200-yard backstroke, while Proehl will take on the platform dive.

Official schedules and results for the events can be found on the NCAA website or at www.purduesports.com. Specific information and results regarding Proehl and Kuzhil will be available at www.kuathletics.com.