Jayhawks split following first day of double dual


Sophomore Haley Downey won the 100-yard breaststroke.

LAWRENCE, Kan. – In double dual action Friday night inside Robinson Natatorium, the Kansas swimming and diving team closed out day one of the meet trailing Missouri State, 115-70, while holding a 24-point advantage (70-46) over the Coyotes.
The Jayhawks raced from behind all night posting one victory in the evening session. Sophomore Haley Downey earned that lone win in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.14. The next closest KU came to winning an event came in the 200-yard freestyle. However, sophomore Jenny Nusbaum (1:52.50) got outkicked by two Bears in the final 50 yards to earn the bronze by 19-hundreths of a second – she led the first 150 yards of the event.
Outside of that “W” and the third-place finish by Nusbaum, Kansas podiumed another 11 times with five second- and six third-place finishes.
Those individuals touching the wall in second place were freshman Crissie Blomquist (10:33.49) in the 1000-yard freestyle, senior Madison Hutchison (57.60) in the 100-yard backstroke and freshman Ellie Flanagan (2:06.76) in the 200-yard butterfly.
The Kansas 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay also both finished in second with times of 1:45.85 and 7:39.46, respectively. Senior Nadia Khechfe rounded out the silver performances with a score of 239.00 in the one-meter dive.
Missouri State claimed victories in all but that one event Downey won to garner a 45-point lead over Kansas and a 69-point lead over the Coyotes.
The final eight events of the double dual begins Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. All home meets are in Robinson Natatorium, and are free and open to the public. Fans who plan to attend are encouraged to park in Lot 90.
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