Kansas Swimming and Diving Earns First Victory Against Nebraska-Omaha

Oct. 31, 2009

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Freshman Monica Johannessen won two events to help the University of Kansas swimming and diving team secure a 79-45 victory over the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks Saturday in Robinson Natatorium. The Jayhawks moved to 1-3 in dual meets.

“Today was really fun,” Kansas Head Coach Clark Campbell said. “We were able to try a lot of new things and we’re looking forward to having a good week and a good meet against Drury next weekend.”

Johannessen, a freshman from Haugesund, Norway, placed first in the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 52.44 and also captured first in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 24.46. She barely beat out Kansas junior Iuliia Kuzhil in both events, Kuzhil placed second in the 100 and 50-yard freestyle events with times of 52.57 and 24.57, respectively.

Kansas captured the top three places in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The relay team of Kuzhil, junior Amanda Maez, senior Erin Goetz and Johannessen placed first with a time of 1:38.09.

Other event winners included sophomore Stephanie Payne, who placed first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.41), and senior captain Carrah Haley, who took first in the 200-yard backstroke event (2:06.11).

The Jayhawks will hit the road next weekend for a meet on Saturday, Nov. 7 against Drury in Springfield, Mo. The meet time is set at 1 p.m.