Trio of Jayhawk swimmers set for USA National Championships
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Three Kansas swimmers earned nods to compete at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships July 31 – August 4 at the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, California.
Jenny Nusbaum, Haley Downey and Kate Steward will represent the Jayhawks. Nusbaum will swim in the 200-meter freestyle, while Downey and Steward will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, respectively.
The 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke are slated for Thursday, August 1, and the 100-meter breaststroke will take place on Saturday, August 4.
"Kate, Jenny and Haley all had an exceptional collegiate season. USA Nationals will be the final meet going into the Olympic year. We want to use this meet to get a couple more trial cuts and put ourselves into a good place heading into the 2019-20 season."Clark Campbell, Head Coach
During the 2018-19 season, Nusbaum, Downey and Steward paced the Jayhawks to their highest point total at the conference meet in the history of the program to lock down a second-place finish.
Nusbuam ended her junior season holding three Kansas school records, one individual and two relays, all set at the 2019 Big 12 Championship. She was awarded the Big 12 Swimmer of the Week (10/17) and holds eight 2018-19 season-best times. She broke the 200-yard freestyle Robinson Natatorium pool record against Iowa State with a 1:48.05, and later broke the Kansas school record with a 1:45.68 in her leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay at the Big 12 Championship.
Downey currently holds the Kansas school record in the 100-yard breaststroke after her performances at the 2019 Big 12 Championship (1:00.51) and second-fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.45).
Steward was the only Kansas swimmer to win an event at the 2019 Big 12 Championship. The All-Big 12 First Teamer broke the Kansas 200-yard breaststroke record twice in one day at the conference meet with a final first-place and fastest time of 2:11.98. Steward also holds the program’s second-fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.58.
The preliminary rounds for each event will take place in the morning of each competition day, with finals to follow in the evening. Fans can watch the action live on USAswimming.org and NBCsports.com.