Kansas vs Iowa State
- Friday-Saturday, February 2-3rd
- Ames, Iowa
- Short course yards
- Kansas – 178.5
- Iowa State – 121.5
Kansas faced off with Iowa State in both teams’ last regular season meet of the year. The Jahawks only dropped 4 of 16 events, and tied with the Cyclones in 1 event.
Lauryn Parrish, a Kansas freshman, was the lone 4-event winner of the meet, grabbing vicories in the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 200 back, and 400 free relay. Parrish teamed up with Manon Manning, Haley Downey, and Haley Bishop to finish in 1:45.00, just ahead of Iowa State (1:45.04). Parrish split 23.51 to anchor that relay. She then went on to win the 200 free by nearly 2 seconds, posting a 1:51.92. she threw down a negative split in that race too, going 56.05 on the first 100, and 55.87 on the back 100.
On day 2, Parrish took the 200 back by 3 seconds over teammate Mannon Manning, posting a 2:02.19. To finish out the meet, Parrish teamed up with Jenny Nusbaum, Haley Bishop, and Madison Straight to win the 400 free relay with a time of 3:28.60. Their splits were as follows: Nusbaum (52.34), Bishop (52.11), Parrish (51.70), Straight (52.45).
Jenny Nusbaum won the 1000 and 100 free, while dropping the 500 to Crissie Blomquist, her teammate. Nusbaum went her best time of the season to win the 1000 by nearly 9 seconds. She posted a 10:15.08, coming in 2.4 seconds faster than her previous season best. Nusbaum then took the 100 on day 2 in a tight race with Laura Miksch. She touched the wall in 52.35 to Miksch’s 52.49.
Crissie Blomquist won the 500 over Nusbaum, coming home faster than the field to touch the wall in 5:01.40. Nusbaum came in 2nd with her 5:03.68.
There was a tie in the 50 free between Haley Bishop and Laura Miksch, with both touching the wall in 23.86. Miksch has posted the 7th fastest time in the Big 12 this season (23.06), while Bishop is 14th (23.49).
- 200 medley relay: Kansas (Manning, Downey, Bishop, Parrish) – 1:45.00
- 1000 free: Jenny Nusbaum (Kansas) – 10:15.08
- 200 free: Lauryn Parrish (Kansas) – 1:51.92
- 100 back: Manon Manning (Kansas) – 56.72
- 100 breast: Haley Downey (Kansas) – 1:04.72
- 200 fly: Mary Kate Luddy (Iowa State) – 2:02.76
- 50 free: Haley Bishop (Kansas)/Laura Miksch (Iowa State) – 23.86
- 100 free: Jenny Nusbaum (Kansas) – 52.35
- 200 back: Lauryn Parrish (Kansas) – 2:02.19
- 200 breast: Haley Downey (Kansas) – 2:19.56
- 500 free: Crissie Blomquist (Kansas) – 5:01.40
- 100 fly: Mary Kate Luddy (Iowa State) – 55.95
- 200 IM: Madison Straight (Kansas) – 2:07.76
- 400 free relay: Kansas (Nusbaum, Bishop, Parrish, Straight) – 3:28.60
- 1 meter diving: Dana Liva (Iowa State) – 294.30
- 3 meter diving: Sydney Ronald (Iowa State) – 261.75
- 5 meter Platform (Exhibition): Sydney Ronald (Iowa State) – 2:07.44
Press Release – Kansas:
AMES, Iowa – The Kansas swimming and diving team leaves Ames, Iowa, with a 178.5-121.5 victory over the Cyclones, to close out its regular season, Saturday, Feb. 3, at Beyer Pool.
The two-day dual meet started Friday night where Kansas kicked it into gear with five wins in a row, leading to a total of six first-place finishes out of the eight events on the slate. That helped the Jayhawks to a 19-point advantage heading into Saturday morning’s competition.
“We competed really well and we won some close races,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “We are finishing in areas well and got off to a good start.”
Immediately following, sophomore Jenny Nusbaum won the 1,000-yard freestyle by over eight seconds, swimming the second-fastest time of her season at 10:15.08. Parish followed with a gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.92), Manning with a first in the 100-yard backstroke (56.72), Downey with the top spot in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.72) and Bishop concluded the night with a gold as well in the 50-yard freestyle (23.86).
“Bishop did great in the 50-free and also the 200-medley relay, Nusbaum had a great 1,000-yard freestyle and (sophomore) Elizabeth Amato-Hanner had a really fantastic day,” Campbell said. “She was in our ‘B’ 200-medley relay and had the fastest 50-fly split. It was solid top to bottom.”
The energy continued into Saturday morning’s competition with Nusbaum re-setting the tone of the meet in the 100-yard freestyle (52.35) and then Parrish, Manning and senior Madison Straight going 1-2-3 in the 200-yard backstroke to push its lead to a 35-point advantage over Iowa State.
“We went 1-2-3 in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, and it is a real strength of ours,” Campbell said. “I think it is important to take that extra step and show our dominance because we know it is a strength for us.”
Downey and freshman Ellie Flanagan finished first and second in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 500-yard freestyle followed with freshman Crissie Blomquist and Nusbaum also claiming gold and silver.
The Jayhawks ended the two-day dual with a first place in the 200-yard individual medley by Straight (2:07.76) and in the 400-yard freestyle Relay by Nusbaum, Bishop, Parrish and sophomore Carly Straight (3:28.60).
“It is always our goal at the end of our season to have a strong end, and every 16 years we have had a winning dual meet,” Campbell said. “We are training hard and racing a lot, and I am very pleased with how we finished up. Now we get to head to the Big 12 Conference Championship, which is the best part of the year for us.”
Press Release – Iowa State Day 1:
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (4-4, 1-1 Big 12) trails Kansas (5-2, 1-0 Big 12) by a score of 84.5-65.5 after day one of the two-day meet between the teams. The Cyclones will look to make a comeback during the second half of the meet.
Iowa State’s top relay squad was just .04 off from taking first place in the 200 medley relay, with Kansas swimmer Lauryn Parrish just beating Cyclone Laura Miksch to the wall. Haley Ruegemer would take second place in her first individual 200 freestyle event of the season, touching at 1:53.85, followed closely by 200 free regular Silqi Luo in third with a 1:54.09.
The breaststroke team of Kasey Roberts (1:05.54), Danica Delaquis (1:05.78) and Martha Haas (1:06.15) finished in second, third and fourth, continuing Iowa State’s success this year in the breaststroke. In the 200 fly, Mary Kate Luddy would win the event outright. With her time of 2:02.63, the 15th-fastest time in school history, she now owns 10 of Iowa State’s top-20 times in the event.
“I think we have had a really good attitude lately,” Luddy said after the meet. “We’ve been having really good practices. I try not to think about the times, but it shows you how the right environment can make a difference.”
In the diving well, the divers performed at a very high level. Sydney Ronald would take second with a 273.22, a new personal best. Top honors went to Dana Liva, scoring 294.30 to place herself in Iowa State’s top-10 one-meter performers. Liva ranks seventh on that list. Katherine Mueller would finish the event scoring 223.34.
“I kinda just put myself on autopilot,” Liva commented on her one-meter performance Friday night. “It’s great to have a coach as good as Jeff.”
“I was really excited,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said following the meet. “I was really pleased. [Dana] did a great job. It’s what we try to, at the end the season to see those gains. To put it all together was a great thing tonight,” Warrick notes. “Sydney did very well adding a new dive. We have to work on it a little bit, but she did a great job as well.”
“I was pleased the way that we raced,” head coach Duane Sorenson said after the meet. “Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and be stronger, but every race is going to be tough. I thought our women were racing hard and had a lot of really good times tonight.”
The Cyclones will be back in action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., wrapping up this weekend’s dual meet with the Jayhawks.
Press Release – Iowa State Day 2:
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State swimming and diving team (4-5, 1-2 Big 12) fell to Kansas (6-2, 2-0 Big 12) by a score of 178.5-121.5. The Cyclones made a charge during the second half of the meet, but were unable to get a win in their final dual meet of the season. Iowa State trailed Kansas 94.5-75.5 after day one of the meet.
The 100 freestyle would kick things off for the Cyclones, with Laura Miksch (52.49) and Anna Andersen(53.05) taking the second and third. The Iowa State breaststroke team swam took third, fourth and fifth in the 200 breast event, led by Danica Delaquis and Kasey Roberts. Mary Kate Luddy would swim 55.95 in her final 100 butterfly at Beyer Pool, taking the top spot overall.
In the diving well, it was another successful day for the Cyclones. Dana Liva would post her personal best score of 282.52, taking second. Liva now has a Zone-qualifying score in all three diving events. Sydney Ronald took first overall, posting her best score of the season at 295.80. Katherine Mueller would finish with a 207.22.
“I was really happy,” Ronald said following the meet. “We got along really well with the Kansas team, and it was really fun.”
“This is what our plan is, to keep getting better,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said after the meet. “It’s all starting to come together like we had hoped. Their doing a great job in practice of working hard. I hope to see performances like this or maybe even better down at Big 12s.”
Haley Ruegemer would take second in the 200 IM, touching at 2:08.04, and Iowa State’s relay teams would take second and third to wrap up the meet. The Cyclones would finish the meet scoring 121.5 points, while the Jayhawks won the meet with 178.5. You can read about the first day of the two-day meet here.
“I thought we could have raced a little bit better this morning,” head coach Duane Sorenson commented after the meet. “I don’t think we came out with enough intensity in this session, but we did have some good swims.”
The Cyclones head to Austin, Texas for the 2018 Big 12 Championships from Feb. 21-24. The Cyclones will look to extend their streak of top-three finishes at the conference to five consecutive years at this year’s meet.