Midseason Report: S&D Gears Up For Second Half

Dec. 28, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimmers and divers enjoyed success this fall, which will provide momentum as the team prepares for its winter training trip and the increased intensity of the spring season.

The Kansas swimmers completed the fall portion of their season after the conclusion of the Kansas Classic, which saw the Jayhawks place second in the field of six teams, finishing behind only No. 21 Notre Dame.

Hosting a fall championship-style meet was a first for head coach Clark Campbell and the team used the opportunity to find out where it stood before the winter training session and to give the team experience with the championship format before the Big 12 Championships.

“We had some ups and downs, but what I really liked was when we had a down, the girls were resilient and they bounced back,” Campbell said. “That is what a championship meet is all about. We still have some things to work on, but we are in a really good place right now.”

The Jayhawk divers concluded the fall portion of their season at the Phil Hansel Invite in Houston, Texas, where they were led by senior diver Christy Cash, who was the top finisher in the one-meter, three-meter and platform events for the Jayhawks. The meet featured several of the area’s top programs and gave the divers a chance to see how they stack up against other divers in their zone.

“I think it is a good measuring stick, for the girls to see where they are compared to a lot of the kids they are diving against,” diving coach Eric Elliott said. “For the freshmen that is big, because they still have to see that. It will let us know what we need to work on for winter training for the rest of the season.”

Kansas compiled a 4-1 (1-0) record in dual meets for the first half of the season, coming just one shy of its total of five for all of last season and its only loss coming at the hands of No. 14 Minnesota.

The first Kansas victory came on the road, when the team traveled to Houston, Texas for its first meet of the season to take on Rice. The meet saw three Jayhawk freshmen take first-place finishes, highlighted by Bryce Hinde who set a pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke and won the 200-yard breaststroke to give Kansas a 166-132 victory.

The second Jayhawk victory also came on the road, when the the team traveled to Omaha, Neb., for a dual with Nebraska-Omaha. Freshman Chelsie Miller placed first in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard IM to lead the Jayhawks, who took 10 of the 13 events to defeat the Mavs, 137-98.

The final two Kansas victories came when the team hosted a double dual meet with North Dakota and Big 12 newcomer TCU. The Jayhawks won 14 of the 19 events over the course of the two-day meet to defeat North Dakota, 214-45, and TCU, 204-142.

The Jayhawks are currently training for the spring schedule, which begins Saturday, Jan. 12, when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif., for a double dual against San Diego State and host UCLA at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The second-half of the season also features dual meets against Hawaii (1/18), Arkansas (2/2) and Big 12 opponent Iowa State (2/8-9), before the Big 12 Championships (2/27-3/2).

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