- Oct. 12-13, 2018
- Women: Kansas def. South Dakota 252-98; Kansas def. Missouri State 219-128; Missouri State def. South Dakota 235-117
- Men: Missouri State def. South Dakota 219-128
Courtesy: Kansas Athletics
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The fast and furious pace of Kansas swimming and diving’s double dual against Missouri State and South Dakota continued inside Robinson Natatorium Saturday afternoon.
At the end of the second day of competition, the Jayhawks came away with two victories, defeating South Dakota (252-98) and besting Missouri State (219-128).
The team’s success in the pool on the second and final day was much like the first in that in heat after heat of both individual and relay races, the host Jayhawks continued to dominate, with their two scored competitors taking first, second or third place in all but four swimming events (one relay and three individual swims).
Also on Saturday, the divers continued competition on the three-meter springboard. Senior Peri Charapich recorded a-sixth place with a score of 209.50, while freshman Alison Grass scored 177.65 points to place ninth.
Prior to the start of Saturday’s session, the three Kansas seniors, who have all made an invaluable mark on the program, were honored. Along with their parents, Taylor Sieperda (Spirit Lake, Iowa), Cassaundra Pino (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Haley Bishop (Apex, N.C.) were all recognized, for their time and dedication to, as well as their passion for, KU’s program over the past four years. Senior manager Christina Jewell was also shown appreciation in the Senior Day recognitions for her countless contributions to KU’s swimming and diving program.
- The Jayhawks opened the second session with a victory in the 200-yard free relay, which consisted of senior Haley Bishop, junior Jenny Nusbaum, senior Taylor Sieperda and sophomore Mannon Manning, finishing in 1.35.47.
- Nusbaum claimed gold in the 100-yard free, clocking a time of 52.06.
- Sophomore Lauryn Parrish touched the wall first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.44.
- Bishop recorded her second first-place finish of the session in the 100-yard fly, finishing in 56.27.
- Nusbaum finished first in the 500-yard free, her third first-place finish of the session, clocking a time of 4:56.37.
- Junior Haley Downey claimed a victory in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:20.16.
- Kansas’ foursome of Bishop, Nusbaum, Sieperda and junior Carly Straight ended the meet with a first-place finish in the 400-yard free relay with a time of 3:28.71.
Head coach Clark Campbell
Thoughts on first meet:
“I’m really happy with both days, we were really consistent through both sessions. I told the team before the meet that we really see a team that is coming together. They believe in what they are doing and believe in each other. When you have those two things going on, you’re going to have something special. It was a great way to start the season with the entire team.”
On momentum carrying over from Friday:
“We talked before the meet that we had momentum coming into today and really good teams continue that momentum. When you go to a championship meet, it’s all about momentum each session, so we have to practice that. You have to be conscious of it and (the) bottom line (is) we did it.”
Senior Cassaundra Pino
On the emotions of Senior Day:
“It’s a bittersweet moment. You see all the seniors, as a freshman, go through the tradition of it and you look forward to it. Then it gets here and there’s some nostalgia that comes with it. I am super thankful I was able to swim here for four years, to be coached by coach Clark Campbell and coach Jen Betz and swim in this facility. It’s a very thankful moment and I am grateful.”
“For any senior, this ranks among one of the top meets because all of the parents come to town and the underclassmen are very supportive. They do this whole theme (with decorations) and change it up (each year).”
Freshman Claire Campbell
On comeback to place second in her heat:
“I was really excited to come in and help the team in any way possible. The 200 and 500 free are two my best events, so I wanted to score as many points as I could for KU. Seeing my whole team cheering during the race got me really hyped and helped me get my hand on the wall second.”
On being able to swim for the Jayhawks:
“I’ve been dreaming about it since my dad started coaching at KU. It’s always been in my head that I was going to swim for KU. Yesterday, when we all sat down in those bleachers over there, I remember ever since I was little seeing the KU swimmers sit on those bleachers. It was so surreal being the one sitting on those bleachers.”
Courtesy: South Dakota Athletics
LAWRENCE, Kansas – The South Dakota swimming and diving team fell short to both Kansas (252-98) and Missouri State (494-211) at the Kansas Tri-Duals held Friday and Saturday inside the Robinson Natatorium.
Jacob Won captured the lone individual victory for the Coyotes over the two-day meet when the freshman touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle in 1:43.03. Won would also finish second in the 500 free in 4:35.55 and third in the 200 butterfly in 1:55.69.
Won was also a member of the 800 free relay quartet that finished second in 7:01.47. The foursome also included Elbert Chuang, Hunter Padgett and Griffin Wolner.
Chuang and Padgett swam on a trio of Coyotes relay units that posted runner-up finishes in the 200 free relay (1:26.36), 400 free relay (3:10.84) and the 200 medley relay (1:35.85). Charlie Bean and Jared Thorson swam in the 200 free relay while Ben Kopp and Thorson were in the 200 medley relay. Stephen Johnson and Jacob Leichner swam in the 400 free relay.
One final runner-up finish came from Hudson Wilkerson in the three-meter diving where the freshman scored 284.8 points. He was also third in the one-meter diving with 230.9 points.
Third-place finishes from the South Dakota men’s team also came from Chuang in the 100 breaststroke (59.49), Thorson in the 200 IM (2:01.41), Leichner in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.30), Padgett in the 100 free (47.56) and Brady Torborg in the 100 butterfly (53.29). Two-more thirds came from Stephen Johnson in the 200 free (1:45.54) and a Coyotes 200 free relay of Shane Sackett, Caden DeLay, Leichner and Stephen Johnson.
The South Dakota women’s team received a trio of runner-up finishes and four third-place efforts over the two days.
Sarah Schank posted a pair of second place finishes in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions, respectively. Schank scored 253.05 points in the one-meter event and 247.65 points in the three-meter.
Fellow diver Haley Pederson recorded a pair of third-place finishes in the one-meter and three-meter events. Pederson tallied 213.9 points in the one-meter event and 228.95 points in the three-meter event.
Isabel Fairbanks finished second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:29.42 while third-place finishes came from Isabelle Davenport in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.21 and the Coyotes 400 free relay of Taylor Kidd, Cassie Ketterling, Meghan Atwell and Katie Coleman in 3:39.86.
South Dakota women host Iowa State inside the DakotaDome Pool on Friday at 5 p.m.
Courtesy: Missouri State Athletics
Lawrence, Kan. – Picking up a pair of team victories and 10 individual decisions, the Missouri State swimming and diving team closed out the final day of the double duel here Saturday afternoon.
The men ran away with the 259-94 win over South Dakota, while the women split the duel, cruising to a 235-117 advantage against South Dakota and falling to Big 12-member Kansas, 219-128.
Missouri State matched its efforts yesterday with 12 first-place finishes, nine for the men and three for the women. The Bears saw 30 crack the top-three standings.
The Bears carried on yesterday’s success with the men taking the top spot in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle. The women earned third place in each of those races, respectively.
Artur Osvath replicated his performance from day one, earning first place in the 200 butterfly (1:48.37) and 200 IM (1:51.47). He was also part of team that won the 200 medley, along with teammates Thomas Heye, Blair Bish, and Samuel Senn.
“This was a tough meet for a lot of us physically,” said Osvath. “I’m proud of how mentally tough we were to stay positive and have some good times.”
Bish and Bryce Blattner also earned top times in the 100 breast (56.58) and 100 back (51.88), respectively.
Lucas Paloschi won the 50 free for the second time this weekend, touching the wall at the 21.13-second mark. He was followed by teammates Senn and Jake Schultz, rounding out the top three in the Bears favor.
“Our team did a good job in this meet after a tough week of practice,” said Paloschi. “We still have some aspects to improve on for the upcoming meets, but the team atmosphere was electric and we have to carry this for the rest of the season.”
On the women’s side, Libby Howell and Josie Pearson claimed wins in the 1000 freestyle and 200 butterfly, respectively. Pearson also cracked the top two in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:07.44.
“Our team had some good moments this weekend,” said Pearson. “It is important for us to have these learning experiences so we can be ready for the end of the season.”
Anna Miler also pulled off a second-place finish in the 50 free.
“We have to give Kansas credit, they were ready for us and grabbed the momentum early in the meet and we were unable to get it back,” said head coach Dave Collins. “We did some things well and had some performances that were solid, and I am hopeful this meet will serve as a learning experience for our athletes and coaches.”
Diving impressed during the second day of competition with both Ashley Yarbrough and Michael Claunch claiming the first-place rank in their events.
Yarbrough’s 258.80 points helped her remained undefeated at the Kansas invite. Her performance qualifies her for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. The Bears have not had a female diver compete at the championships in five years.
“I am very happy with my performance this weekend, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Yarbrough. “It was encouraging to have done well against respectable teams and I am excited for the rest of the season.”
Claunch collected 299.95 points to stay undefeated on the one-meter board.
“I’m proud of the way I competed today,” said Claunch. “I dove well and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Missouri State will host its first meet at Hammons Student Center against Drury on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.