Jayhawks Lead After First Day of Kansas Classic
Nov. 16, 2012
Day 1 Results
TOPEKA, Kan. - Senior Morgan Sharp led a group of three Jayhawks who placed second, third and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle to help Kansas build an early lead and contribute to their meet-leading 266 points after day one of the Kansas Classic, Friday evening at Capitol Federal Natatorium.
Sharp finished the race with a time of 4:55.22 to take second and lead the group of KU (4-1, 1-0) swimmers that also included freshmen, and Topeka native, Haley Molden, who took third (4:57.24) and Chelsie Miller who took fourth (4:57.87), totaling 48 points for the Jayhawks in the second event of the evening.
"The 500 free got us off to a really good start, getting four people in the top eight," head coach Clark Campbell said. "We built a lot of excitement from doing that. We swam well and we want to keep the momentum going into tomorrow."
Kansas also had a strong team showing in the 200-yard IM, where they also placed four swimmers in the top eight. Miller led the Kansas fleet, finishing second with a time of 2:05.33 and was followed by senior Brooke Brull in third (2:06.65), sophomore Deanna Marks in fourth (2:06.95) and senior Brittany Rospierski in eighth (2:09.32) to give the Jayhawks 59 points in the event."
"I think we did really well," Campbell said. "We had a very good morning. Our goal was to see how close we could get to our best times without our technical suits. We did that and had a lot of second swims tonight. In meets like this, you set yourself up in the morning and I thought we did a really good job of that coming into tonight."
Kansas goes into the second day of the championship meet holding a slim nine-point lead over Notre Dame, which totaled 257 points for the day. Even though Campbell was happy with the way his team performed on day one, more of the same will be needed on Saturday for the Jayhawks to hold their position atop the rankings.
"We need to be focused in the morning," Campbell said. "It is kind of the half-way point in the meet and we want to keep the same idea that we had this morning of getting close to our best times and we will be good to go."
Heading into day two, Kansas and Notre Dame lead the field, which includes Nebraska (192), Iowa State (135), Rice (123) and Nebraska-Omaha (72).
The Jayhawks will be back in the pool tomorrow morning for day two of the Kansas Classic, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m. The order of events is as follows:
Preliminaries (10 a.m.)
Finals (6 p.m.)
200-yard medley relay
10 minute break
15 minute break
800-yard freestyle relay
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