Big 12 Weekly Preview: Kansas Hosts TCU, WVU Takes on Villanova

By Jason Tillotson.

After we saw the University of Texas host an intense two day double-dual with Indiana and Florida, our action around the Big 12 does not slow down.

This weekend we are scheduled to see three separate match-ups, starting with the Iowa State Cyclones hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday.

On Saturday the West Virginia University Mountaineers will travel to Pennsylvania challenge Villanova in their annual dual meet. On that same day, Kansas will host Texas Christian University for our first Big 12 conference dual of the season.

Check below for a breakdown of this weekend’s action:

Kansas Hosts TCU

The KU Jayhawks are coming off two wins from their double dual with South Dakota and Michigan State. Before that, the lady Jayhawks took a third in the CSCAA Open Water National Championships and

Senior standout Haley Bishop will look to lead her squad into victory in the fly events while junior Carly Straight will take the sprint free responsibilities.

Sophomore Jenny Nausbaum threw down a 52.12 in the 100 free, just a few weeks ago, which will give Bishop some support in the sprint free territory.

In the breaststroke events, the quickest 50 split from anyone on the Jayhawk’s roster was freshman Kaitlyn Witt with a 30.44, which should assist her relay squads.

WVU Travels to Villanova

The West Virginia Mountaineers are heading to Villanova this weekend, looking to continue this season’s undefeated trend.

After winning the West Virginia State Games, WVU also defeated Seton Hall and Xavier in a two day double-dual.

The Mountaineers should have no trouble defeating Villanova this weekend, as they have won this dual meet for the past five years.

Merwane El Merini, Drew Damich and Max Gustafson will look to lead the men’s sprint group into battle in the 50 and 100 free.

On the ladies side, Morgan Bullock and Julia Miranda will take the backstroke responsibilities.

Iowa State Takes on Nebraska

The Iowa State Cyclones will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Friday at the Beyer Pool in Ames, Iowa.

At this meet last year the Cyclones suffered a tough loss with a score of 102-193.

Lucia Rizzo, Anna Anderson and Elynn Tann will lead the Cyclones into battle in the distance, middle-distance and sprint free style events, respectively, as those ladies currently hold the fastest times in those events.

Freshman Emily Haan threw down a 57.42 in the 100 back against South Dakota State last weekend.

Martha Haas and Lehr Thorson will likely dominate the breaststroke events with their times from last weekend, which were 1:05.49 and 1:07.42, respectively.

On the diving boards, the Cyclones have a strong advantage with Dana Liva, Sydney Ronald and Alex Aaberg sweeping the 1-meter event against SDSU.

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    Wildcat

    False. While the Villanova men have not beaten West Virginia recently, the Villanova women have won at least the last 3 meetings.

Author: Jason Tillotson

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Jason Tillotson is a junior at American University where he is majoring in Foreign Language Communication with a minor in Marketing. He is also a coach for Nation's Capital Swim Club.

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