USA National Championship wraps up over weekend

STANFORD, Calif.—The 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships came to a close on Sunday, August 4, at the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center. Kate Steward, Jenny Nusbaum and Haley Downey represented Kansas after having each participated over the five-day event.

On the second day of the event, both Steward and Nusbaum competed in their respective events. In the 75-swimmer field for the 200-meter breaststroke, Steward claimed 29th place with a time of 2:31.85. She came within two spots, and 0.90 seconds, behind second alternate Alexis Yager (2:30.95) for the chance to compete in the finals.

Following Steward’s performance, Nusbaum competed in the 98-swimmer field for the 200-meter freestyle. She finished in 56th place with a time of 2:02.59, which was 4.38 seconds behind first-place finisher, Claire Tuggle.

Downey took to the pool on the fourth day, August 3, of the competition to close out the Kansas trio. She was able to place 71st in the 92-swimmer field for the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:12.05. Her time put her 5.01 seconds behind first-place finisher Breeja Larson who came in at 1:07.04.

Also competing alongside Downey in the 100-meter breaststroke was Kansas alum Danielle Hermann who was able to break the 1:10 mark for the first time in her career. She finished the preliminary event in 21st place with a time of 1:09.82 which was fast enough to qualify her to compete in the finals. From there, she was able to place fifth overall (1:09.88) in her group and was only 1.38 seconds behind the group’s top finisher Rachel Bernhardt (1:08.50).

A 2010 KU graduate, Hermann was a the three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member who still holds the Robinson pool records in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.84) and the 200-yard Individual Medley (2:03.78).


The Jayhawks will return to the water on September 14 when they will be competing in the CSCAA Open Water Championships at Lonestar Lake in Lawrence, Kan.




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