Swimming and Diving Notes vs. Houston/Harvard

Dec. 1, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Jayhawks will host Houston and Harvard in a two-day simultaneous dual meet, Dec. 3-4. Head-to-head team scores between Kansas vs. Harvard, Kansas vs. Houston, and Houston vs. Harvard will be compiled at the end of competition on Sat.

MEET FORMAT
Friday, Dec. 3
200 Medley Relay
1650 Free*
200 Free
5 min break
100 Back
100 Breast
5 min break
200 Fly
50 Free
1m Diving (full diving break)
200 IM
400 Free Relay

Saturday, Dec. 4
400 Medley Relay
400 IM
5 min break
100 Free
200 Back
200 Breast
3m Diving (full diving break)
500 Free
100 Fly
200 Free Relay

*-1650 will have only one heat. Two heats for all other events, including relays.

GRUBER TOPS IN NATION

Last week, senior Amy Gruber was honored with two prestigious awards. She was named the November Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Month Nov. 24, just one day after Gruber was named CollegeSwimming.com’s Collegiate Swimmer-of-the-Week for her performances Nov. 18-20.

In November, the Bigelow, Ark., native helped the Jayhawks to a dual meet win over Illinois, 185-115, Nov. 6, in Lawrence, Kan., and also played a part in Kansas’ third-place finish with 614 team points in the Nike Cup, Nov. 18-20, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Against Illinois, she recorded an individual first-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.89, and finished second individually in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.95. At the Nike Cup, Gruber became the first Jayhawk woman swimmer to record an NCAA ‘A’ Standard time, as she won the 100 freestyle event with a time of 49.70, the sixth-fastest time recorded in the nation this year. She also collected a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle, with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 22.99, the eighth-fastest time in the nation this year. She also finished second in the 100 butterfly in a time of 54.58, and in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.14. Each of her individual times at the Nike Cup were the best recorded by a Kansas swimmer this season in each event.

Gruber competed as a member of the first place 200 freestyle relay (1:36.05) and the 400 medley relay (3:53.13) teams against Illinois. She also competed as a member of each of Kansas’ top relay teams at the Nike Cup. The 200 medley relay team finished in first place with a time of 1:43.33. The 200 freestyle (1:34.06), the 400 freestyle (3:24.47) and the 400 medley (3:46.60) relay teams each finished in second place. The 800 freestyle relay team finished in third with a time of 7:27.09. Each of the relay times at the Nike Cup were the best recorded by Jayhawk relay teams this season.

LAST TIME OUT

The Jayhawks finished in third place at the Nike Cup, Nov. 18-20, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Kansas recorded 614 team points to finish 15 points ahead of No. 25 Virginia Tech.

THE OPPONENT

Kansas will face the Harvard Crimson, which is 4-0 in dual meets this season. The Houston Cougars come to Lawrence with a dual meet record of 2-3 during the 2004-05 season.

UP NEXT

This weekend’s event marks the end of the Jayhawks’ pre-winter break portion of the schedule. Kansas will train in Nassau, Bahamas, during the winter break in preparation for the spring portion of the schedule which begins with a dual meet Jan. 15 at Nebraska.

QUOTEBOOK

“The Houston/Harvard double dual meet represents the start of our spring season, pointing towards our major Championship meets. After our solid meet at Nike Cup, it very important to get into our training/racing routine. This meet plays an important part of this process. Both teams will be coming to Lawrence ready to swim fast. We’ll need to be sharp.”
–Head coach Clark Campbell on this week’s meet.