Jayhawks host Cyclones to close out dual season
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimming and diving team hosts Iowa State Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, inside Robinson Natatorium for the last dual meet of the season.
Friday’s competition will serve as Fan Appreciation Day, while Saturday the Jayhawks will welcome back former swimmers and divers on Alumni Day.
Both Kansas and Iowa State have a long history of being competitors, leaving it to be a great opportunity to race side-by-side before both schools continue their journey to Austin, Texas for the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship.
“It is really cool because us and Iowa State have been rivals since the Big Eight days,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “I think we’ve swam against Iowa State every year since the 1970s so we have a long history. It excites our team to be swimming against other Big 12 teams. It should be a good way to end the dual meet season.”
The Jayhawks have been on a competitive roll and continue to use techniques from past meets to their learning advantage as they approach this final meet and soon after, the conference championship.
“It is our last competitive tune-up if you will before (the) Big 12 (Championship),” Campbell said. “We still want to work off of what we did last week since it is still fresh in our mind. This meet is really unique in that we race at the same times as the conference meet. So Friday, we will race at 6 p.m., which is the time of finals, and we will turn around and do a 10 a.m. Saturday meet which is the same time as prelims. So we are going to get to see how the teams responds to going from an evening race to a morning race.”
The team has a lot to think about, as it is not only the last dual meet, but also the last home meet the team will see this season. Friday evening’s meet will be dedicated to fan appreciation as the senior class has reached their final competitive laps in their home pool.
“We are pretty excited about that (fan appreciation),” Campbell said. “We really do appreciate all who come out and support our team and it will be the last time we will see our seniors compete. Hopefully we will have a nice big crowd and get everyone excited about swimming fast.”
Fans who come support the team on Friday will be greeted with a photo booth, have the chance to win prizes, free pizza, and most importantly cheer on the Jayhawks before sending them to Austin, Texas.
In addition, those attending Friday’s meet can park in Lot 90 after 5 p.m., as it will be ticketed until then. On Saturday, fans are encouraged to park in Lot 34 east of Robinson Natatorium, as the usual lots will be reserved for both the men’s and women’s basketball games taking place on the same day.
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