RCW: Inside Swimming & Diving 3.37

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For the second-consecutive year, Kansas swimming & diving set a new program record for points scored at the Big 12 Championship, scoring 683.5 points to top 2016’s record-setting 650.5 points. The team finished in second place behind Texas, to mark the third time in four years with a runner-up finish.

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  • Sophomores Libby Walker and Haley Bishop tied for first place in the first-ever CSCAA Collegiate Open Water Nationals, which was a 5K event hosted by Kansas at Lone Star Lake just outside of Lawrence.
  • The Jayhawks set eight pool records when visiting William Jewell’s Mabee Center. Senior Sammie Schurig’s 400-meter freestyle was arguably the most impressive performance of the meet, as she broke a 35-year-old pool record that was set at the 1981 NAIA Nationals, with a time of 4:22.33.
  • Freshman Jenny Nusbaum made a name for herself in the 200-yard freestyle during the season, winning her signature event seven-of-nine times competing in it. Her fastest time in the event (1:47.26) came at the Big 12 Championship where she finished fourth to earn All-Big 12 Second Team accolades, and marked the fourth-fastest time in program history.
  • Bishop helped KU’s 800-yard freestyle relay team finish second at the Big 12 Championship with the fifth-fastest 200-yard freestyle time in Kansas history, leading off the team with a 1:48.23 split.
  • Freshman Haley Downey recorded two top-five times in program history at the Big 12 Championship, recording the third-fastest time in school history in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.09) and the fourth-fastest time in the 200 breast (2:15.32). Both times were good for third place, which earned her All-Big 12 First Team honors.
  • Freshman Elizabeth Amato-Hanner also recorded two top-five KU times, in both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, finishing in 54.98 and 1:58.46, respectively.
  • Freshman Carly Straight swam a 50.33 100-yard freestyle at the conference meet, which marked the fifth-fastest time in school history. The time was good for fifth place at the conference meet which earned her All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
  • Senior Pia Pavlic capped her collegiate career with a 2:01.38 200-yard individual medley time at the Big 12 Championship finishing fourth to earn an All-Big 12 Second Team nod, which was also good for fifth on the Kansas all-time list. Pavlic also earned second-team honors with a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
  • Walker recorded the ninth top-five school time at the Big 12 Championship with a 4:18.46 400-yard individual medley time. She earned two second-team all-conference nods with a fourth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle and a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly.
  • Junior Madison Straight earned an All-Big 12 First Team honor with a third-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley at the conference meet.
  • Freshman diver Peri Charapich finished third in the platform dive to also earn All-Big 12 First Team accolades. Senior Amanda Maser just missed first-team honors in the same event with a fourth-place finish to land on the All-Big 12 Second Team.
  • Schurig finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle at the Big 12 Championship to earn a spot on the all-conference second team.
  • Senior Yulduz Kuchkarova earned two All-Big 12 Second Team distinctions with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and a sixth-place finish in the 200 back.
  • The team picked up its 29th-straight CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honor, earning the distinction for the fall semester. While not yet officially announced, the team will likely pick up its 30th-straight award for the spring semester sometime this month.
  • Fifteen Jayhawks were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, and two more earned second-team honors.