Jayhawk swimming and diving announces 2018-19 slate
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimming and diving team looks forward to an exciting season as the squad released its 2018-19 schedule Friday afternoon.
The campaign features an open water national championship event at Lone Star Lake and an alumni meet to jump start a nine-meet regular-season slate in preparation for the 2019 Big 12 Championship.
With many new opportunities for the team to build on its abilities, head coach Clark Campbell is excited for what is to come of the season and is eager to get Jayhawks swimming toward 2020 Olympic Trials times.
“The past two years we have been building our base,” Campbell said. “This is the best year to qualify for the trials so you have it done and can go into the trials just focused on that.”
The team will open up the season with the third-annual College Swim Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) Open Water Championship (Sep. 22) at Lone Star Lake, followed by a fun, yet competitive, alumni meet Homecoming Weekend (Sep. 28).
The competitive season will kick-off at home in double-dual fashion against South Dakota and Missouri State, Oct. 12-13, before hosting another home meet with TCU (Oct 27).
The Jayhawks then hit the road for their first away meet of the season against the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska (Nov. 3).
Kansas will follow up at home to host the annual Kansas Classic at Topeka’s Capitol Federal Natatorium (Nov. 16-18), while the diving squad will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Invite.
At semester’s end, a handful of Jayhawks will migrate East for Winter Nationals in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Trials qualifications procedure in Greensboro, North Carolina (Nov. 29-Dec.1).
“This will be the first long course meet where you can get your cuts (for the Olympic Trials),” Campbell said. “So we want to take our qualifiers there and see if they can do it.”
Continuing the traveling trend, the team heads up in altitude to Flagstaff, Arizona, for winter training paired with good competition against Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado (Jan. 11).
The squad heads back to the Midwest just days later to Liberty, Missouri, for a dual meet against William Jewell on Jan. 16.
The Jayhawks hit the road to Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks (Feb. 2), before wrapping up their regular-season schedule at home against Iowa State (Feb. 8-9).
The Big 12 Championship (Feb. 27 – March 2) follows at Texas, and should any student-athlete post qualifying times or scores, their seasons will extend past the conference meet in Austin, Texas, to either the NCAA Zone Diving Championships (March 11-13), or the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (March 20-23).
All Kansas home meets – at Robinson Natatorium, Topeka’s Capitol Federal Natatorium and Lone Star Lake – are free and open to the public.
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