No. 23 Swimming and Diving Completes Day 3 at Minnesota Invite
Nov. 20, 2005
Lawrence, Kan. — The University of Kansas Swimming and Diving team wrapped up competition at the Minnesota Invite. The Jayhawks placed third with 670.5 points and set three KU records.
In the first day of competition the 400 medley relay team of junior Jenny Short, freshman Danielle Herrmann, freshman Ashley Leidigh, and sophomore Terri Schramka finished second with a time of 3:44.94. That time set a new KU record and is the eighth fastest time in the country. On the second day of the meet, Leidigh also set a record in the 100 fly with a time of 53.08 earning her a first place finish. The time is a NCAA “A” standard time. Herrmann also set a new school record in the 100 breast. The second place time of 1:03.10 was a NCAA “B” standard time.
In the final day of competition the Jayhawks set three more NCAA “B” cut times. Leading the way for the Jayhawks, Leidigh earned her second first place finish of the meet in the 200 fly. Her time of 1:59.97 set a NCAA “B” standard time. Senior Emily Rusch placed sixth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:07.18. Three other Jayhawks placed in the “B” final.
The Jayhawks also earned a first place finish in the 400 free relay. The team of Leidigh, Schramka, Gnatzig, and Urbatchka combined to finish the race in 3:24.68. That time was a “B” standard time. The `Hawks also had two teams that placed 13th and 16th.
Hermann set a “B” standard time with her third place finish in the 200 breast. The Itsaca, Ill. native, finished the race in 2:16.53. Freshman Rhynn Malloy finished sixth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:23.67. Two other Jayhawks placed in the “C” final.
Freshman Molly Brammer finished 10th in the 1650 free with a time of 17:04.45. Freshman Lia Pogioli (17:25.24), sophomore Lindsey Herre (17:26.85) and freshman Kendall Matous (17:36.31) placed 20th, 22nd and 27th in the race.
Schramka placed second in the 200 back. The Madison, Wisc. native, finished the race in 2:02.04. Following behind were Gnatzig (2:05.10) and freshman Lauren Bonfe (2:06.98), who finished the race in sixth and eighth. Freshman Allie Rubino placed 11th with a time of 2:07.03.
Gnatzig placed sixth in the 100 free with a time of 52.30. The team co-captain was joined by Urbatchka (52.60) in 12th and junior Tricia Tindall (53.73) in 24th.
In diving action, senior Casey Topol lead the way for the Jayhawks with a 10th place finish. The Mamaroneck, N.Y. native, scored 170.55 points.
“We are extremely happy with our performance at the Minnesota Invite,” said head coach Clark Campbell. “We competed against some really good teams and this was a fast meet. To be at this level at this point in the season says two things; it raises the bar as far as our expectations and it shows that we have a really good team to be competitive throughout the season.”
The Jayhawks will next be in action Dec 2-3 in Cambridge, Mass. at a meet against Harvard and Northeastern. For complete results following the meet go to www.kuathletics.com.