Jayhawks Look to Bounce Back in Omaha

Oct. 24, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas swimming and diving team will swim in its second meet in the last six days, Thursday, traveling to Omaha to take on Nebraska-Omaha at 5 p.m.

The quick turnaround helps the team build on the momentum they established on Saturday and gives them a chance to rebound last weekend’s defeat.

“We had a very good meet against Minnesota,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “It was one of our better meets against a top-10 type of opponent. We are really pleased with where we left off on Saturday, so we want to resume that momentum (Thursday).”

Despite claiming just four events against defending Big Ten champion Minnesota in their last meet, Campbell was pleased with the way his team competed and he sees the positives of facing a perennial power so early in the season.

“We competed very well with them,” Campbell said. “We lost some touches, but competitively we are further ahead than we have ever been. I was really pleased with how we competed and what we want to do, is keep that momentum going.”

Kansas (1-1) defeated the Mavericks, 150-78, last season at Robinson Natatorium and will use that experience on Thursday at, the HPER Swimming Pool in Omaha.

“(Omaha) is good for us, distance wise and because we can swim a mid-week meet,” Campbell said. “We get the intensity and the practice that we need to and it is fun to do that in a competitive setting that isn’t too far away.”

Thursday’s meet also allows the Kansas swimmers to swim in more events than normal and gain valuable experience in events that they might not compete in on a regular basis.

“In a dual meet, you are generally swimming two or three events and this meet allows us to swim that third, fourth, or even fifth event,” Campbell said. “We want to see where they are and use that down the road at the Kansas Classic or Big 12’s.”

Nebraska-Omaha (0-3) is led by junior Madeline Hunt, who broke the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.17), at the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Championships last season.

Thursday’s dual meet features nine 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
50-yard freestyle
200-yard IM
one-meter diving
100-yard butterfly
100-yard freestyle
100-yard backstroke
500-yard freestyle
three-meter diving
100-yard breaststroke
200-yard freestyle relay

The Jayhawks will return home next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, to host a double dual meet with new conference foe TCU and North Dakota at Robinson Natatorium. Action is slated to start at 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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