Kansas Kicks Off 2007-08 at Big 12 Relays

Oct. 19, 2007

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The Big 12 Relay meet features relay events ranging from same-stroke relays, such as the 150-yard backstroke relay, to regular relay events like the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Head coach Clark Campbell and the Kansas swimmers reeled in fourth-place finishes in four events, including the 150-yard butterfly relay, 150-yard backstroke relay, 150-yard breaststroke relay and the 800-yard medley relay.

Highlighting the day for the Jayhawks was the distance freestyle trio of junior Molly Brammer, sophomore Alicia Casillas and sophomore Ashley Robinson. Collaboratively, the three `Hawks finished third in the 1500-yard freestyle relay with a time of 15:15.56. Each swimmer swam a 500-yard freestyle.

KU recorded three additional third-place finishes on the day. The performance of freshman Sarah Edwards, junior Ashley Leidigh, junior Maria Mayrovich and senior Terri Schramka landed the 100-yard freestyle relay team in third with a time of 45.32. Leidigh, Mayrovich, sophomore returnee Whitney Taylor and senior co-captain Danielle Herrmann recorded a time of 1:48.76 in the 200-yard medley relay.

Sophomore transfer Emily Lanteigne, a member of the third-place 400-yard freestyle relay (3:29.66), made her debut as a Jayhawk, collaborating with Edwards, Mayrovich and Schramka for the final third-place finish of the day.

On the diving front, junior Hannah McMacken led the way for the `Hawks in one-meter diving action, finishing sixth with a score of 217.00.

Kansas will continue its weekend swimming and diving debut action Saturday when it faces the Northern Iowa Panthers at 1:00 p.m. in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Stay tuned to kuathletics.com for complete results following competition.

Team Finishes

1. TexasA&MUniversity, 117 points

2. University of Texas, 88 points

3. University of Missouri, 67 points

4. University of Kansas, 56 points

5. University Of Nebraska, 34.5 points

6. IowaStateUniversity, 31.5 points


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