Jayhawks Ready for Kansas Classic
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimming and diving team hosts Air Force, Iowa State, Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska-Omaha and Northern Iowa for the second annual Kansas Classic Nov. 22-24, at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka, Kan.
Kansas (2-3) is coming off a two-week break from competition and is looking to bounce back from its loss against Illinois on Nov. 9.
“We had a good week of training,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “It’s also good that we had a weekend where there was nothing going on in regards to recruiting or traveling for a meet. It gave the girls a chance to relax and recharge in order to get ready for this weekend.”
The meet features six schools where swimmers will be required to swim in traditional suits, instead of the technical suits, typically used in championship style meets.
“For the athletes the meet is unique because we don’t allow the technical suit,” Campbell said. “The reason we call it the Kansas Classic is because the swimmers have to go back to classic swimwear. A lot of the kids competing have never done a meet without the technical suits. It provides an interesting perspective on if they can swim fast without them and what benefits the technical suits give you.”
The championship style of the meet consists of preliminary rounds in the morning and finals in the evenings. The format imitates what the Big 12 and NCAA Championships will be like in the spring, giving the Jayhawks the experience to see what it is like to compete in a championship format meet.
“Our fall invite is like our mid-term exam,” Campbell said. “We will be able to practice what Big 12 and NCAA Championships will be like in February. How we do at this meet will show what adjustments we need to make before conference championships. It will be especially important for the freshmen. They haven’t done a meet like this and need to experience what it’s all about.”
For the past few weeks, Campbell has been looking for leadership from the upperclassmen and hopes to see them step up this week and help the younger girls in their first championship style meet.
“We do small intrasquad meets on certain Fridays throughout the season, and we did that last Friday,” Campbell said. “The seniors and juniors have had good weeks of practice as of late. They are good at showing support with things that are going on. My message of wanting more upper-class leadership was well received and it’s time to put it in action this weekend.”
Overall, the competition level is expected to be high. The Jayhawks will swim against Air Force for the second time this season, and against conference foe, Iowa State.
“All of the teams are even,” Campbell said. “We have different strengths and weaknesses, but we match up well. It’s going to be very interesting. We are going to need a good team effort in order to be competitive. That’s what my expectation is.”
The order of events is as followed:
|Nov. 22||10:00 AM||6:00 PM||Nov. 23||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|500 Free||200 Free Relay||400 IM||200 Medley Relay|
|200 IM||500 Free||100 Fly||400 IM|
|50 Free||200 IM||200 Free||100 Fly|
|50 Free||100 Breast||200 Free|
|15 min break||100 Back||100 Breast|
|400 Medley Relay||100 Back|
|15 min break|
|800 Free Relay|
|Nov. 24||9:00 AM||3:00 PM|
|200 Back||1650 Free|
|100 Free||200 Back|
|200 Breast||100 Free|
|200 Fly||200 Breast|
|15 min break||200 Fly|
|1650 Free*||15 min break|
|400 Free Relay|