Jayhawks sit in second after day one of Big 12 Championship
AUSTIN, Texas – The Kansas swimming and diving team sits in second place after day one of the Big 12 Championship at the Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas, Wednesday evening.
The Jayhawks competed in both the 200-yard medley and the 800-yard freestyle relays, where Kansas earned a total of 62 points and is in a four-way tie for that second spot in the team competition.
The KU ‘A’ team of the 200-yard medley relay consisting of Manon Manning, Haley Downey, Elizabeth Amato-Hanner and Lauryn Parrish swam a time of 1:40.40. In addition, Downey swam a split of 27.55 and is the first Jayhawk to break 28 seconds in the breaststroke portion of a 200-yard medley relay during the tenure of head coach Clark Campbell.
The adrenaline from that first relay sparked the Kansas ‘A’ 800-yard freestyle relay team. Haley Bishop, Jenny Nusbaum, Madison Straight and Parrish recorded a time of 7:13.75 and was 1.76 seconds slower than the program’s record time set in the 2014 Big 12 Championship.
Campbell was happy with how the relays went today and the results following the conclusion of day one of the four-day competition.
“When you start a meet, there is such a heightened sense of anticipation and they did a really good job handling it,” Campbell said. “They had great energy. Today was a way to get the motor going as we try to keep that momentum going all of the way through the meet.”
The Jayhawks tied for second with three other teams: TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State. All four schools landing a total of 62 points trail the Texas Longhorns who scored a total of 80 on the day.
The teams are back in the pool Thursday morning, Feb. 22, where preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m., followed by finals beginning at 6 p.m. Races on the second day of the championship include the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, the 400-yard medley relay and the women’s one-meter dive.
“Despite some travel adversity yesterday, the girls prepared as if unfazed today, displaying their toughness,” Kansas diving coach Gabe Downey said. “As long as they maintain that mentality we should be successful. We would feel great with both (divers) in the finals for one-meter. That’s a challenging, but obtainable goal.”
FloSwimming will continue to live stream all of the preliminary and final events on demand. Swimming and diving fans can also follow the results live through the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship Central website.
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