KU Announces 2006-07 Swimming and Diving Schedule

July 31, 2006


The University of Kansas swimming and diving team announced its 2006-07 schedule Monday, July 31.

The Jayhawks will open the season on Oct. 6 with the annual intrasquad meet at Robinson Natatorium. Kansas will then travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Big 12 Relays on Oct. 13.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Dual meet action will begin as the Jayhawks take on the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 14. The dual meet will be the first time Kansas has ever faced Nebraska-Omaha.

Big 12 competition will kick off with Border Showdown rival Missouri on Oct. 27. During the 2005-06 season, Kansas’ victory over the ranked Missouri team was the Jayhawks’ first win against the Tigers in six years. The win boosted Kansas into the CSCAA Division I Top 25 poll for the first time since 1997.

On Nov. 3-4, Kansas will host the University of Northern Iowa from the Missouri Valley Conference before competing in two invitational meets prior to winter break. The team will travel to College Park, Md., to compete in the Maryland Invite on Nov. 16-18, and then to Gambier, Ohio, as competitors in the Kenyon Invite Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Following its winter training trip to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Kansas will return to Big 12 competition on Jan. 13 in Lincoln, Neb., to face the University of Nebraska. The Jayhawks will then play host to the Iowa State Cyclones in a two-day meet that begins Jan. 26 and continues through Jan. 27.

The Jayhawks will wrap up the season Feb. 14-17 in College Station, Texas, the site of the 2006-07 Big 12 Championship meet.

“There’s the natural rivalry between Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa State, and those are always meets that are easy for our team to get excited for,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “This year, everything is a little earlier. NCAA’s are earlier, and that cuts down on the amount of teams to dual, but we’re planning on peaking as a team at Big 12’s in February.”

The Zone Diving meet will take place March 2-4 (location to be announced) and, pending qualifiers, the NCAA championship meet will begin March 8 and continue through March 10 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Senior co-captains, Jenny Short, and Lisa Tilson, as well as seniors, Bri Brotherson, Emily Knopp, Shelby Noonan, Lia Pogioli, and Tricia Tindall, will lead the 2006-07 Kansas team.

“Both Jenny and Lisa have excellent leadership qualities. Jenny is our top returning backstroker, and she’s one of the best in the history at KU,” Campbell said. “She fell short of her goal of qualifying for NCAA’s last year, but she’s had a good summer and she’s eager to get back and ready to qualify.”

“Lisa is an outstanding leader. She provides depth in the breaststroke events and she helps her teammates become better because every day she gives 100 percent,” Campbell said.

Campbell will also look to the incoming swimmers and divers to add to team morale for the duration of the 2006-07 season.

“The 13 newcomers, as competitors, and as students, will directly and positively influence Kansas,” Campbell said.