University of Kansas Swimmer Dies at Pool; Cause of Death Unknown

From the Associated Press: Seth Dunscomb, a senior at the University of Kansas and a member of the swim team, died while practicing the sport that brought him a state championship and a college scholarship.

Dunscomb, 21, of Sullivan, Ill., collapsed during swim practice Wednesday and died a short time later. The cause of his death was unknown. The Douglas County coroner made a brief examination Wednesday night and planned a complete autopsy later Thursday.

“We thought he was having an asthma attack when he got out of the pool,” said Kostaki Chiligiris, Dunscomb’s teammate at Kansas. “When he got out he just lay on his back. And then he died, right there at the pool.”

Kansas coaches and emergency medical personnel tried to revive Dunscomb, a 1993 graduate of Sullivan High School. But he was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Chiligiris said Dunscomb had blacked out in the pool once before during swim practice this season, before Christmas break. But he had been cleared by doctors to continue swimming.

Kansas canceled its scheduled swim meet at Iowa on Friday. Funeral arrangements are pending.