Jayhawks Record Cloudy Results During First Day in Sunshine State
MIAMI, Fla. – Bryce Hinde swam to a pair of second-place finishes and Kansas swimmers Haley Bishop and Madison Straight add two more, but the highlights were few as the Jayhawks dropped two decisions to No. 13 North Carolina State and Florida International at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center Friday afternoon. Kansas was defeated by the Wolfpack, 161-119, and was edged by FIU, 150.5-148.5.
Hinde, a senior captain from Fort Scott, Kan., was the runner-up in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events as Kansas competed as a team for the first time in nearly 35 days while opening the Florida swing of its winter training slate. Straight was second in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:24.51, just two seconds behind NC State’s Hannah Moore at 4:22.40. Bishop (55.81) nearly claimed the Jayhawks only victory of the day in the 100 butterfly, but was out-touched by NC State’s Yurie Nakano (55.75).
On the diving boards, Graylyn Jones finished third on the one-meter board with a total score of 250.85 and was fourth on the three-meter board with a score of 226.45. FIU’s Becca Quesnel won both events with a 282.05 on three-meter and 280.35 on one-meter.
“It was a humbling experience,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “To practice the back-to-back racing is really important as we look ahead to the Big 12 Conference meet. Today was not a shining moment, but we have another opportunity to put this race out of our minds and go for it again tomorrow. This time of the year the results can be volatile, you just kind of live and learn.”
Kansas will have a chance to redeem itself Saturday when the Jayhawks compete against Miami and Rutgers in Coral Gables, Fla., just a short drive away. Kansas will spend nearly a week in Florida training before returning to Lawrence to continue preparations for the championship portion of the season.
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