Jayhawks Slipped Up, 162-138, by Tigers in Border Showdown Battle
Oct. 26, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Following an exciting evening of fast racing, broken records and diving qualifications, the University of Kansas swimming and diving team was tripped up, 162-138, by a speedy Missouri team in its home and Big 12 opener at Robinson Natatorium Friday.
The Border Showdown was just that; a night of intense competition and close races for both squads, complete with accolades for both teams. The Tigers finished with nine first-place victories, while the Jayhawks were close behind with seven.
"We are very happy with how we swam tonight," head coach Clark Campbell said. "It was better than last week. We ran into a fast team in
"Our divers dove out of their minds,"
Freshman diver Erin Mertz and senior diver Jenny Roberts both qualified for the NCAA Zone "D" Diving meet, an early season accomplishment for the duo. Mertz sealed a victory for the `Hawks on the one-meter board with a score of 278.70, helping close the margin of victory for the Tigers. Roberts dove her way to a key second-place finish on the three-meter board (285.45) for
"All of our divers did great," diving coach Eric Elliott said. "It was an exciting night with our first home meet. Everyone has been fighting a bug and been sick, but we stepped it up tonight. Erin (Mertz) was impressive on the one-meter and Jenny (Roberts) had an important second-place finish on the three. Both of them qualified for Zones and I am proud of the team for their performance against such a good diving school in
Junior Maria Mayrovich swam one for the record books in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing first with a time of 1:48.85, a new pool record, as well as a career-best time and a KU All-Time performance. Mayrovich, who will represent her home country,
Ashley Leidigh, 200-yard butterfly (2:04.75)
Danielle Herrmann, 200-yard IM (2:05.77)
KU will next be in action when it hosts