Big 12 Weekly Recap: Kansas Falls to Arkansas

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After a relatively quiet weekend around the Big 12, the Kansas University Jayhawks were narrowly defeated by the University of Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 172 to KU’s 128.

Also competing this past weekend was the University of Texas Longhorns, who were on the road against North Carolina State and University of North Carolina. The Longhorn men fell to the NC State Wolfpack but were able to get by the UNC Tarheels.

The Lady Longhorns defeated both the NC State and UNC, continuing their undefeated dual-meet season.

KANSAS FALLS TO SEC FOE ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  – In the final road test before the conference championships, the Kansas swimming and diving team fell to Arkansas, 172-128, Saturday morning inside the UREC Natatorium.

The Jayhawks swam tough against the competition breaking individual and school records, finishing the meet with 22 top-three podium spots.

Sophomore Crissie Blomquist swam her way into a second place and personal-best in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:10.02. Freshman Katie Callahan also swam an individual top-time in the same event with a finish of 10:26.12.

Sophomore Manon Manning touched the wall in the 100-yard backstroke for a first-place finish and individual top-time of 53.70. Manning receiving another first-place in the 200-yard backstroke later (1:58.32) when the Jayhawks went one-two-three on the podium. Following Manning was junior Elizabeth Amato-Hanner (2:00.51) and sophomore Lauryn Parrish (2:02.46).

The diving well showed just as much action when senior Vicky Xu dove her way to a second place finish on the one-meter springboard (310.73) and a first-place finish on the three-meter springboard (398.63).

Xu’s three-meter score bumped her previously Kansas school record and created a new one, brushing past Arkansas’ defending NCAA Champion by .38 points. With that score, Xu managed to break the Arkansas pool record in that same event.

Junior Peri Charapich and freshman Alison Grass followed with individual top scores of 237.38 and 226.28, respectively.

For complete results of the Jayhawk/Razorback showdown, click here.

KEY RACES

  • Junior Jenny Nusbaum touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.57.
  • Manning swam her way into first in the 100-yard backstroke with an individual top-time of 53.70.
  • Manning swam another first-place swim in the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:58.32.
  • Senior Vicky Xu nailed a first-place and record-breaking score of 398.63 on the three-meter springboard.
  • The Jayhawks closed the competition with a first-place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:24.95. The squad consisted of Nusbaum, Manning, freshman Claire Campbell and junior Carly Straight.

UP NEXT FOR THE BIG 12

  • The Jayhawks will host the Iowa State Cyclones in a two-day dual.
  • TCU travels to SMU for a time-trial type meet.
  • Texas has the next two weekends off before hosting the 2019 Big 12 Conference Championships