Jayhawks Open Season at Rice

Oct. 5, 2012

On the heels of its intrasquad scrimmage, the Kansas swimming and diving team is heading to Houston, Texas, to take on Rice on Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon.

The Jayhawks, who return 18 members from last year’s team, will be led by senior captains Brooke Brull, Alyssa Rudman, Rebecca Swank, on an upperclassmen heavy roster. Three sophomores and a talented group of seven freshmen, including two (Chelsie Miller and Haley Molden) that come in with Olympic trial qualifying times already under their belts, round out the Kansas roster. The similarities between the teams, should make for a very competitive meet this weekend.

“We match up with Rice very well, so it will be a very competitive meet,” Campbell said. “Rice is one of the top-two teams in Conference USA and when a school like Kansas goes on the road, people get up for it.”

Rice, runner up in C-USA a year ago, brings back 19 letterwinners from last season, including sophomores Casey Clark and Erin Flanigan who competed at this year’s Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. and junior Quincy Christian, who won her second-straight C-USA championship in the 400-yard IM a season ago. Rice head coach Seth Hudson, entering his 11th season with the Owls, has slowly turned the program around making it more competitive in the process.

“Their coach has done a marvelous job,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “During his tenure the team has become more competitive and they got the new facility on campus, which is all a tribute to him and what he has been able to do with the program. They are very well coached and they are a very good team.”

One thing Campbell is looking to stress this season is the importance of dual meets, to prepare his team for the championship season. In order to do that, he will be looking to the captains and the rest of the seniors to set the tone early.

“You are as good as your senior class,” Campbell said. “They will be looked upon heavily to get us in the right mindset and give us the momentum to get going the right way. We have a little different mindset (this year), so hopefully we can go into the meet at a high level and start the season off right.”

In addition to racing Rice on Saturday, the Jayhawks will also spend a few days in Houston training at the Owls’ outdoor facility to prepare them for the rest of the fall season.

“We will have the whole team there and we will do some team things to help bring us closer together and really get ready for the rest of the fall semester,” Campbell said. “We are thankful to have the opportunity to go down there and swim against them and train in their facility for a while. In the same respect, we know we have to be competitive with them.”

Saturday’s dual meet features 12 individual swim events, two relay races and two diving events. The full order of events is as follows:

200-yard medley relay
1,000-yard freestyle
200-yard freestyle
100-yard backstroke
100-yard breaststroke
200-yard butterfly
50-yard freestyle
One-meter diving
100-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
200-yard breaststroke
500-yard freestyle
100-yard butterfly
Three-meter diving
400-yard individual medley
200-yard freestyle relay

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