RCW: Inside Swimming & Diving 3.18
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Number BY THE NUMBERS
The Kansas swimming team won the University of San Diego Shootout on January 7, scoring 53 of 124 total points in the meet. In a format where only one swimmer per school could score in each event, the Jayhawks dismantled the competition, as the second-place finisher, North Texas, was only able to total 28 points at the meet, while Colorado State scored 27 and host San Diego finished with 16.
Notes QUICK HITS
- Junior Madison Straight started the 2017 calendar year with a bang, winning the 400-yard individual medley at a double dual meet in Los Angeles on January 6, where she and the rest of the team faced off against nationally-ranked foes in No. 20 UCLA and No. 29 Boise State. Straight was followed by two other Jayhawks, Libby Walker and Haley Downey, as KU took the top three spots in the event.
- At the USD Shootout, sophomore Libby Walker took first in the 1,000-yard freestyle, scoring nine points for the Jayhawks with a time of 10:23.12.
- One-hundredth of a second is what separated Kansas senior Pia Pavlic’s top time in the 50-yard butterfly final from the second-place finisher at the USD Shootout. Finishing second in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds of the 50 fly to San Diego’s Dani Taylor, Pavlic put up her best performance when it counted most, recording a time of 26.91 in the final to edge Taylor by the narrowest of margins.
- With one competitor from each school competing in the finals of the 50-yard events at the USD Shootout, the most points each team could accumulate in the four events was 20. Kansas dominated the four events, scoring 16 total points with two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. North Texas scored 11 in the four 50-yard events, while Colorado State and USD scored five and four, respectively.
- With the USD Shootout title already in hand with one event remaining, Kansas added insult to injury. The Jayhawks put together an impressive performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay, including a come-from-behind victory in the final leg, with senior Yulduz Kuchkarova posting the fastest individual leg in the event. The Tashkent, Uzbekistan native hit the water with her team in third place and turned on the burners, swimming a leg of 51.57 to fly past the competition and earn the Jayhawks 11 more points for the convincing meet victory.