Jayhawks End Weekend With Second-Place Finish

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Nov. 18, 2012

TOPEKA, Kan. – Freshman Bryce Hinde and junior Alison Lusk finished second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard breaststroke to help the Jayhawks lock up a second-place finish and total 853.5 points for the weekend at the conclusion of the Kansas Classic, Sunday afternoon at Capitol Federal Natatorium.

Hinde finished the event with a time of 2:19.18, while Lusk completed the race with a time of 2:20.74, to add 33 points to the Kansas (4-1, 1-0) total.

“Bryce had a really nice 200 breaststroke and she is really coming along in that event,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “I thought Alison Lusk ended the meet about as well as she could have. That was her best race of the weekend, so I am really happy that she ended on that note.”

Topeka native freshman Haley Molden and sophomore Deanna Marks picked up second place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle (51.64) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.98), respectively, while freshman Chelsie Miller grabbed a third place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, (17:04.44) to round out the top-three finishes for the Jayhawks on Sunday.

“All the kids had a lot of racing this week and I thought all of our races tonight were a little faster than they were this morning, so I am really happy,” Campbell said. “We had a number of in-season best times, which is what we wanted. It was a really good way to end the fall.”

Kansas finished the championship meet falling to No. 21 Notre Dame, who finished the weekend with 976.5 points. Despite coming up just short in points, Campbell is excited about how this meet’s performances set his team up for the rest of the season.

“We had some ups and downs, but what I really liked was when we had a down, the girls were resilient and they bounced back,” Campbell said. “That is what a championship meet is all about. We still have some things to work on, but we are in a really good place right now.”

Rounding out the field, Nebraska (674) finished third, followed by Iowa State (410), Rice (381) and Nebraska-Omaha (170). With interest already building around the country for next year, look for the Jayhawks to return to Topeka and build a new tradition with the Kansas Classic.

“The event has been very well received by the coaches and the teams and people have had a lot of fun with it,” Campbell said. “It is a really good format and I just can’t thank the people within the city of Topeka and all the people that have put this together. It has been a lot of work, but so far, so good.”

The Kansas Classic marked the end of the fall portion of the season for the Kansas swimmers. The Jayhawks will now begin training for the spring semester schedule, which begins on Saturday, Jan. 12, when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif. for a double dual against San Diego State and host UCLA at the Spieker Aquatics Center.

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