Kuzhil Highlights Stellar Day for Kansas Swimming and Diving

Dec. 4, 2010


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Kansas senior Iuliia Kuzhil’s placed second in the 100-meter backstroke while several other Jayhawks recorded NCAA ‘B’ qualification times to help KU to complete the second day of the Georgia Fall Invitational Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

KU sits in fifth-place with 264 points, ranking ahead of Harvard (176) and Minnesota (118). The host school, Georgia, leads the way with 841 points.

“This was our best day yet,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “We had lots of ‘B’ cuts made and Iuliia’s time in the 100 backstroke is currently one of the top 10 times nationally.”

Kuzhil’s time of 53.05 in the 100 backstroke is the third-fastest in the country this season, ranking behind Stanford’s Elizabeth Webb (52.76) and the meet’s event winner, Georgia’s Megan Romano (52.99). Kuzhil’s time easily met the NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standard.

The Kansas senior also helped the Kansas 200 medley relay team record an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time in their event at 1:42.67. Fellow Jayhawks Joy Bunting, Abigail Anderson and Brooke Brull also swam with Kuzhil on the team, which placed eighth in the event.

KU’s 800 free relay team of Morgan Sharp, Rebecca Swank, Shannon Garlie and Brull took seventh in their event and also recorded an NCAA ‘B’ time of 7:20.98.

Three other Jayhawks recorded ‘B’ times Saturday. Bunting and junior Stephanie Payne placed sixth and seventh in the 400 IM final, recording times of 4:17.23 and 4:17.33, respectively. Anderson also scored a ‘B’ time in the 100 backstroke, capturing eighth with a time of 54.79.

Other Jayhawks to score at the meet included Anderson (55.08) and junior Kath Liggett (56.22), who placed sixth and 15th in the 100 butterfly; Bunting (1:03.18) and freshman Alison Lusk (1:03.47) taking 10th and 11th in the 100 breaststroke and divers Christy Cash (207.20), Alyssa Golden (204.45) and Taylor Ilten (185.55) in one-meter diving.

Kansas Scoring Finishers:

400 IM – 6. Joy Bunting, 4:17.23; 7. Stephanie Payne, 4:17.33.

200 Medley Relay – 8. Kansas A (Iuliia Kuzhil, Joy Bunting, Abigail Anderson, Brooke Brull), 1:42.67; 14. Kansas B (Alyssa Rudman, Alison Lusk, Monica Waage Johannssen, Amanda Maez), 1:45.70.

100 Butterfly – 6. Abigail Anderson, 55.08; 15. Kath Liggett, 56.22.

100 Breaststroke – 10. Joy Bunting, 1:03.18; 11. Alison Lusk, 1:03.47

100 Backstroke – 2. Iuliia Kuzhil, 53.05; 8. Abigail Anderson, 54.79.

1-meter Diving – 13. Christy Cash, 207.20; 15. Alyssa Golden, 204.45; 16. Taylor Ilten, 185.55.

800 Free Relay – 7. Kansas A (Morgan Sharp, Rebecca Swank, Shannon Garlie, Brooke Brull), 7:20.98; 15. Kansas B (Kath Liggett, Alison Moffit, Malia Johnson, Kara Stanski), 7:38.18.