Dannie Dilsaver (2017) Transfers to Kansas After 2 Years at Cal

Lincoln, Nebraska-native Dannie Dilsaver is back in the Midwest following a two-year stint at Cal. The breast/IM specialist has landed in Lawrence, Kansas on the roster of the University of Kansas women’s swimming and diving team.

Dilsaver entered the NCAA transfers database in May 2019, two years after her graduation from Lincoln Southwest High School where she was a four-time state record-holder, an 11-time state champion and a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. In her first year with the Golden Bears, Dilsaver went lifetime bests in the 100/200 breast and 200/400 IM and wound up ranked among Cal’s top five swimmers in all four events. At the 2018 Pac-12 Championships, she placed 13th in the 200 IM (1:59.97), 14th in the 400 IM (4:14.84) and 16th in the 200 breast (2:15.96) and was named a 2018 CSCAA Scholar All-American. As a sophomore at the 2019 Pac-12 conference meet, she finished 12th in the 400 IM (4:15.64), 22nd in the 200 breast (2:15.04), and 24th in the 200 IM (2:00.65).

Dilsaver’s lifetime bests would have put her in the A finals of the 200 IM (with Jayhawks Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Kate Steward, and Paige Riekhof), 400 IM (with Riekhof), 100 breast (with Haley Downey and Steward), and 200 breast (with conference champion Steward and Kaitlyn Witt) at 2019 Big 12 Championships. Kansas were runners-up with 754.5 points, 319 points behind Texas and 221.5 ahead of West Virginia. She will overlap one year with seniors Amato-Hanner and Downey and two years with sophomores Steward, Witt and Riekhof.

Most of Dilsaver’s top SCY performances date from the mid-season invite of her freshman season but her 100 breast time comes from an exhibition swim at 2019 Pac-12 Championships. She scored in the 200 breast (22nd with 2:15.04), 200 IM (24th with 2:00.65), and 400 IM (12th with 4:15.64).

Best SCY times:

  • 200 IM – 1:58.59 (11/30/2017)
  • 400 IM – 4:12.46 (12/1/2017)
  • 100 breast – 1:01.71 (2/28/2019)
  • 200 breast – 2:14.02 (12/2/2017)
  • 200 free – 1:47.91 (11/4/2016)

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Tony R
3 years ago

Wow! Nice get Coach Campbell!! I’ve heard a lot of good things about her. Good luck Dannie!

3 years ago

Good luck Dannie D!

Btw, the pic is Caroline Theil, her club teammate.

3 years ago

sure, why not…

Carol Glover
3 years ago

There are a lot of NE swimmers on that team😊! Good luck Dannie and Jayhawks!

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