CORAL GABLES, Florida, January 12. THE University of Kansas took a 142-97 decision on Saturday, January 10, defeating the University of Miami Hurricanes at the Norman A. Whitten University Center Pool on the campus of UM in Coral Gables. The ‘Canes fell to 8-5 in dual races on the year, while the Jayhawks went to 2-0 on their Florida road trip after defeating FIU the day before in Miami.
Competing in their first race of the spring schedule, Miami (8-5) got solid performance in the 1000 freestyle as Ryann Labreche went 10:21.88 to set a season personal-best in that event to collect first place. Tiffany Petzold would finish fourth after posting a season-best mark herself (10:36.56).
Kansas (6-2) ran away in the 200 medley relay collecting the top two times with the ‘A' squad finishing up at 1:45.76. The ‘C' team ended with a mark of 1:50.48. Miami came in third for the event with a finishing time of 1:50.52.
Hurricanes sophomore Annika Saarnak came in second in the 200 freestyle, turning in a time of 1:52.51, while teammate Lauren Jacoby was fifth with a time of 1:56.42. Sarah Lozier just missed out on a season-best personal mark as she ended the race with a mark of 2:00.61. Her season-best is 2:00.18 set at the Georgia Tech Invitational back in November.
In the 50 freestyle, Kirsten Pomerleau took second place going 24.41, with teammate Lizzi Torres finishing at 25.02—good enough for a fourth place showing. Freshman Hagar Elgendy ended in 25.24.
The 200 IM featured senior Boesing take second place in 2:05.63, while sophomore Deidre Novotny finished fourth with a time of 2:07.56. Cori Lallier collected a mark of 2:12.97 and freshman Erin Simpson finished 2:16.56.
Meanwhile, in the diving well, junior Brittany Viola swept the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Viola took a score of 299.63 in the one-meter, separating herself from second place competitor Hannah McMacken (266.33) who finished second. On the three-meter board, Viola took a mark of 315.23 to finish first, while McMacken was second again for Kansas with 296.03.
Back in the pool, Lallier collected a second place time of 57.44 in the 100 butterfly while Novotny was fourth with a 57.89 showing. Lizzi Torres took a season personal-best time of 51.67 in the 100 freestyle.
Boesing took another top five time in the 100 backstroke, taking second place with a mark of 58.76 while Kirsten Pomerleau finished at 1:01.10 for the Orange and Green—her first 100 backstroke event of the year.
Labreche was again the talk of the 500 freestyle, coming away with her fourth Top 5 finish of the year in that event after collecting a time of 5:06.80, finishing behind Emily Lanteigne with a time of 5:01.34. Petzold was fourth with a time of 5:12.47.
Boesing was third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.30, and teammate Katie Eason was fourth with a time of 1:06.89.
The Hurricanes ended the day with a great showing in the 200 freestyle relay, going first and second, respectively, with the ‘A' squad finishing atop the list at 1:38.98. That team consisted of Saarnak, Torres, Jacoby and anchored by Pomerleau. The ‘B' team was composed of Elgendy, Labreche, Petzold and anchored by Lozier who finished second with a mark of 1:43.56.
For the Hurricanes, this was their first Big 12 opponent this year, and their last opponent from beyond the east coast.
The Hurricanes return to the pool next Saturday, January 17 as they play host to the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University. The race is set to begin at 1 p.m. back at the Whitten university Center Pool. This race will serve as "Senior Appreciation Day" for the Orange and Green as they will say "good-bye" to seniors Britta Boesing, Katie Eason, Sarah Lozier and diver Jenna Dreyer.
Miami's previously scheduled home race against FIU on January 31, set to serve as "Senior Appreciation Day", will now take place at FIU. The race will still begin at the regularly scheduled time of 11 a.m. across town in Miami.
Special thanks to Miami for contributing this report.