Jayhawks Head to Ft. Worth for Match Up Against TCU
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimming and diving team heads south to swim in its second meet in under a week, Thursday, against TCU. The first race is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Kansas, 0-1 in dual meets this season, has a chance to rebound this week after dropping a close one to Air Force last weekend, 154-146.
“We definitely want to have a better meet than we had on Saturday against Air Force,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “That meet was tough because of the high altitude we were swimming at. We will be back swimming at sea level this week like we’re used to. In addition to that, we are facing a conference opponent and I know the team is excited about that. I’m hoping they are feeling better and are ready to swim fast.”
TCU returns 19 swimmers and three divers from the 2012-13 team that finished third at the Big 12 Championships. Junior Ali Bleasdell is among the leading returners after earning All-Big 12 honors in the 200-yard butterfly and 200- and 400-yard individual medley, respectively. Sophomore Sara Brzozowski also returns to the Horned Frog roster after setting the TCU records in the 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle during her freshman campaign.
Campbell expects freestylers Morgan Sharp, Haley Molden, Lindsay Manning and Chelsie Miller to have strong performances this week. However, the butterfly races are also expected to be very competitive between the two squads.
“I think everyone is going to try to swim faster,” Campbell said. “Matching up with TCU, they are really strong at the freestyle and butterfly in both the middle distance and distance races. It’s going to be a good competition and it will be interesting to see how we stack up against them.”
The Jayhawks had a strong meet against the Horned Frogs in the 2012 season when they won the dual contest 204-142. Even though it’s early in the season, the Jayhawks are vying for the win.
“Last year we had a really good meet against them, but it was a month later,” Campbell said. “We’re not the sharpest team in the world in mid-October because of how our training plan is organized. We are always a lot better in November. It will be interesting to see how we compete against them this year with us being in a different part of our training cycle.”
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