Future KU Swimmer Molden has Breakout Meet in Topeka

May 21, 2012

TOPEKA, Kan. –Soon-to-be Jayhawk swimmer Haley Molden continued to impress heading into her freshman year, as the Washburn Rural senior broke two state records and claimed gold medals in four events during the Class 6A State Swimming Championship over the weekend.

Molden, who already has an Olympic Trial time under her belt, added to her resume by earning First Team All-State honors as well as being named the 6A Swimmer of the Meet. The tri-event swimmer made headlines on Friday morning during preliminaries when she broke two state records, including one in the 200-free which stood for 18-years. Her 1:48.13 time in the 200 and 4:50.37 performance during the 500-free are the new standards of excellence in those events.

“For Haley to break those two records is a real testament to how she has fully committed herself to being the best,” said Kansas head coach Clark Campbell. “Finishing her high school career like that sends her into her collegiate career with tons of momentum.”

The outgoing high school senior’s performance helped her school achieve a second place finish at State’s as Washburn Rural finished with a total of 250-points, just 44 behind first place Shawnee-Mission East.

“I don’t know how you could end your high school career any better,” Campbell added. “It was a tremendous weekend of racing.”

Molden is not the only incoming KU freshman who will be going to Omaha this summer to compete at the Olympic Trials, as Houston, Texas native Chelsie Miller will be swimming in three events. The pair will be joined by current Jayhawks Stephanie Payne and Brooke Brull as well as Kansas alum Danielle Herrmann.

Meet Results: http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-96493.pdf

Video Highlights: http://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-north-high-swimmer-nabs-dramatic-win-olympic-hopeful-dominate-20120519,0,3697048.story