Kuzhil Shines on Final Day of Georgia Invitational

Dec. 5, 2010


Senior Iuliia Kuzhil took first in the 200-yard backstroke to lead the University of Kansas swimming and diving team on the third and final day of the Georgia Invitational Sunday at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Kansas just finished in fifth place with 371 points.

“This was our best fall invite in eight years,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “The team really rose to the challenge and performed at a very high level. It does set us up very well for the rest of the season.”

Kuzhil’s 200 backstroke time of 1:54.43 will earn Kuzhil an invite to the NCAA Championships.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Alison Lusk placed sixth with a time of 2:15.89 while senior captain Joy Bunting took 13th in the same event.

On the diving front, sophomore Christy Cash took sixth place on the platform, ending with 209.85 points.

After a month off, the Jayhawks will return to the pool when they travel to the Orange Bowl Classic in Key Largo, Fla. on Jan. 4. The meet is set to begin at 2 p.m.

Kansas Scoring Finishers:

1650 Freestyle – 10. Rebecca Swank, 16:44.60; 14. Alison Moffit, 16:55.43; 16. Shannon Garlie, 17:10.28

200 Backstroke – 1. Iuliia Kuzhil, 1:54.43; 12. Abigail Anderson, 1:58.36

200 Breaststroke – 6. Alison Lusk, 2:15.89; 13. Joy Bunting, 2:18.80

200 Butterfly – 8. Stephanie Payne, 2:02.31; 13. Brittany Potter, 2:01.16; 15. Malia Johnson, 2:03.40

Platform Diving – 6. Christy Cash, 209.85 points

400 Freestyle Relay – 11. Kansas A (Monica Johannessen, Morgan Sharp, Brooke Brull, Amanda Maez), 3:23.72; Kansas B (Kara Stranski, Rebecca Swank, Shannon Garlie, Malia Johnson), 3:30.02