Kansas hosts Nebraska for Saturday dual meet
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimming and diving team renews its rivalry with Nebraska when the squad hosts the Cornhuskers for a dual meet Saturday, November 4th inside Robinson Natatorium at 11 a.m.
The Jayhawks are coming off its third win in dual fashion this season after defeating TCU last weekend (Oct. 28), and look to carry that momentum in their final meet before their “mid-term exam” that is the Kansas Classic (Nov. 17-19).
“You want to build off every meet,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “This is our last meet before our mid-season invite, so we would like to perform at a high level and have the momentum going into the Kansas Classic in two weeks.”
Kansas is in full preparation as it is aware that not only is this the last meet before the Kansas Classic, but Nebraska is a strong team to compete with.
“Nebraska is a tough team,” Campbell said. “We have a long history with them and it goes back to the Big Eight days. It’s really for Kansas swimming and Nebraska swimming that the rivalry still exists. There will be a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of fun, because when you have the rivalry meets like this one, it brings out the best in both teams.”
The Jayhawks experienced their first one-day dual meet of the season last weekend in Dallas and hopes that it prepared them for what they will face in a one-day home meet against the Cornhuskers.
“I think last weekend was that group’s first exposure to a real college dual meet that is ran as a one day event,” Campbell said. “The first two meets we hosted were spread over two days. Last week, just from a logistical side, was way harder than anything our student-athletes have ever experienced. We did the whole thing, including flying to and from the meet, in one day. Hopefully, we get a little energy back from that and they just know that ‘Okay we’re going to be good. Last week we did it with all that other stuff, and now we don’t have to worry about it so let’s put the energy into racing.”
Sophomore Haley Downey has been energized all season as she has won every breaststroke event she has scored in, turning in top times of 1:04.36 (Oct. 28 at TCU) and 2:20.74 (Oct. 28 at TCU) in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. Sophomore, Jenny Nusbaum has turned in strong times herself in the freestyle events, where she has won every 100-yard freestyle race she has competed in this season with a top time of 51.63 (Oct. 6 at Liberty).
On the diving side senior Nadia Khechfe has posted top-three finishes in five out of the six diving events she has toed the board in this season.
All home meets in Robinson Natatorium are free and open to the public. Fans who plan to attend are encouraged to park in Lot 90. Those that can’t attend can follow the action on social media via #KUswimdive
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