Kansas Breaks Eight Records En Route to First-Place Standing at Nike Cup Friday

Nov. 30, 2007

GAMBIER, Ohio – Swimmers Danielle Herrmann, Ashley Leidigh and Maria Mayrovich led the University of Kansas swim team to its first-place standing (604.5 points) at the Nike Cup-Kenyon Invitational on the Kenyon College campus Friday, day two of the three-day, eight team invitational.

Mayrovich recorded victories in the 50 (23.20) and 200-yard (1:49.04) freestyle events, two of KU’s six victories and Kenyon Athletic Center Natatorium records on the day. Herrmann recorded a time of 1:03.40 in the 100-yard breast, good for an additional KAC Natatorium record, while Leidigh tapped in at 2:02.26 in the 200-yard butterfly for KU’s fourth victory and record. Both Kansas relays finished first to round out the KU accolades. The six records bring the tally to a total of eight so far for the Jayhawks at the competition.

KU freshman Brittany Potter added depth for the `Hawks in the 200 fly, finishing fourth in finals with a time of 2:06.09. Seniors Terri Schramka and Lauren Bonfe led Kansas on the backstroke front, finishing third (57.77) and sixth (50.68), respectively, in the 100-yard event.

Sophomore Carrah Haley and junior Rhynn Malloy rallied for fifth and sixth in the 400 IM. KU’s victorious 200-yard free relay, composed of Mayrovich, Shramka, Leidigh and KU transfer Emily Lanteigne swam to a time of 1:35.07, while the winning 400-yard medley relay finished in 3:47.15 (Shramka, Herrmann, Leidigh, Mayrovich).

Day One (Thursday) Recap: Repeat Records

On day one of Nike Cup competition, Kansas recorded victories in the lone two events that kicked off the invite Thursday evening. Both victories broke KAC Natatorium records and shattered previous records that were both set by Kansas in 2006. Sophomore and Lawrence native Ashley Robinson sealed a victory in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:44.83, the previous record set by Jayhawk Molly Brammer at the 2006 Nike Cup (17:09.22).

Second-place 1650-yard freestyler Alicia Casillas recorded a 16:53.51 in the event, stacking depth behind Robinson’s victory.

The Kansas 800-yard freestyle relay swam to KU’s second victory of the night, finishing with a time of 7:29.42. Mayrovich, Shramka, Haley and Lanteigne broke the previous record (7:32.32), set by Mayrovich, Shramka, Brammer and Robinson last year.

Up Next

Saturday competition is set to begin at 10 a.m. with prelims of the following events. Finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Order of Events:

200 Medley Relay

200 Backstroke

500 Freestyle

100 Butterfly

200 Breaststroke

100 Freestyle

200 Individual Medley

400 Freestyle Relay