Kansas Finishes Third at Nike Cup-Kenyon
Dec. 3, 2006
GAMBIER, Ohio – The select 12 swimmers who represented Kansas at the Nike Cup swam to a third-place finish in the final day of the two-and-a-half day meet Saturday. Kansas finished with 981 points behind second-place University of Pennsylvania (1007) and first-place meet host Kenyon College (1026).
Three new Kenyon Athletic Center pool records were captured by Jayhawk swimmers on the final day of competition. Sophomore Molly Brammer led the way in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.05), good for a first-place victory and a new pool record. Senior Lia Pogioli added depth in the event, finishing fourth (5:06.20).
The second pool record of the finals evening was captured by sophomore Ashley Leidigh who tied for a first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (57.29) alongside Kenyon College swimmer Tina Ertel. The duo will hold the new KAC pool record in the race. Kansas junior Lauren Bonfe wrapped up the butterfly race in fourth (1:00.35) for the `Hawks.
Sophomore Maria Mayrovich topped off the night for Kansas by setting a new pool record in the 100-yard freestyle with her time of 50.57. Mayrovich received “Swimmer of the Meet” accolades. Junior Terri Schramka followed Mayrovich in the 100 free, finishing third with a time of 52.31.
Other stand-out swims came from sophomore Danielle Herrmann, who captured second in both the 200-yard IM (2:06.21) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.28). Kenyon College competitor Jessica Connors out-touched Herrmann in the breaststroke by only three one-hundredths of a second, finishing with a time of 2:20.25.
Senior captain Jenny Short placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.29), while Schramka reeled in a fourth-place finish (2:04.72) in the event.
“We finished up well on the last day of competition,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “Our wheels feel off a little bit due to the sheer amount of racing we have done the last two-and-a-half days. We competed well and stayed in the team battle with our smaller squad. It was a great way to wrap up the fall season and now we’re going to focus on great training for the next five weeks in which we do not have competition.”
The Jayhawks will kick off their annual winter training trip on Jan. 3, 2007 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The trip will continue through Jan. 11. Kansas will next be in action when it heads to Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 13 for its second Big 12 Conference dual meet of the season at 2 p.m. against the University of Nebraska.
Nike Cup-Kenyon Final Team Standings
1. Kenyon College, 1026
2. University of Pennsylvania, 1007
3. University of Kansas, 981
4. John Hopkins University, 295
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