| Head coach Clark Campbell demonstrates good stroke technique against Rollins and Tampa on Saturday afternoon.
Winter Park, Fla. – The Kansas swimming and diving team turned in solid performances to jump-start its annual training trip in wins over Rollins (202-55) and Tampa (195.5-61.5) on Saturday afternoon in Winter Park Fla.
Kansas started the meet by finishing first, second and third in the 200-yard medley relay. The top finishing group of Yulduz “Yulya” Kuchkarova, Bryce Hinde, Pia Pavlic and Leah Pfitzer swam a time of 1:45.74. The Jayhawks continued their strong relay performance by taking home top honors in the 500-yard freestyle relay with a time of 5:22.50 and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.42).
“We swam different events than what we normally do, but we still performed well,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “It was a good way to start the year. I’m happy with the way the team raced. When you do more quality speed training, it really fits well with racing fast and I think that’s what really helped us be so successful in the relays.”
Campbell was pleased with the performances of junior Deanna Marks and senior Sofiia Filatova. Marks finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.04, just behind Filatova who finished first with a time of 57.26. Conversely, Marks, came out on top in the 50-yard butterfly when she swam a time of 26.17. Filatova was right on her heels in second place (26.19).
“The swimmers of the meet for us were Sofiia Filatova and Deanna Marks,” Campbell said. “They both had solid 50- and 100-yard butterfly times. Those two had a good meet along with several others. It was a quality team effort.”
Other leaders for Kansas include Morgan Sharp, who finished first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.65) and the 100-yard freestyle (52.52). Kuchkarova took home a couple first-place finishes of her own in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke with times of 26.86 and 57.54, respectively. Hinde dominated the breaststroke events leading the way with times of 1:05.07 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 29.82 in the 50-yard breaststroke.
“We still have some work to do but we can tell a difference in how they are racing, their stroke techniques and how well they are doing with starts and turns,” Campbell said. “I’m starting to see them compete in championship form.”
The Jayhawks now head to Puerto Rico to begin a weeklong training camp. With a good performance against Rollins and Tampa, Campbell is confident the team will be ready to focus on improvement.
“We can now go to Puerto Rico and roll up our sleeves and really get to work,” Campbell said. “We’ve got a good picture of where we are at after the meet today. We have a good opportunity this week to address key points that will make each individual better. It will be time to simply focus on becoming better athletes.”
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