Columbia, Mo. Kansas University had several strong individual performances Friday at the Big 12 swim championships. Leading the Jayhawks were Maria Mayrovich and Iuliia Kuzhil, both of whom had top-five finishes in their respective events.
Stephanie Payne continued to improve upon her school-record 400-yard I.M. time by earning 10th-place finish in a time of 4:15.69. Joy Bunting, Alyssa Potter and Rhynn Malloy also added to the seven points scored by Payne in the event by combining for 10 more points as a group.
Kansas’ 200-yard freestyle team, consisting of Mayrovich, Kuzhil, Erin Goetz and Emily Lanteigne, broke the school record by just over one second with its fourth-place time of 1:31.39. The previous record was 1:32.40 and was set in 2004.
Abigail Anderson’s 100-yard butterfly time of 54.44 earned her a sixth-place finish and 13 points for KU. Brittany Potter added two points to the Jayhawk total with her 15th-place finish.
Mayrovich had a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Her time of 1:47.22 was just two-tenths of a second off of the school-record and scored 14 points for KU.
Freshman Payne finished in 10th place in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:03.86.
Kuzhil, like Mayrovich, continued to show why she is one of the best swimmers in the conference with her third-place finish in the 100 yard backstroke. Her time of 53.63 shattered her previous school-record by four-tenths of a second and gave Kansas 16 points. Anderson added 11 Jayhawk points with an eighth-place finish.
On the three-meter diving board, Kansas placed three divers in the top nine. Meghan Proehl and Erin Mertz placed seventh and eighth, respectively, with 279.10 and 274.3 points. Hannah McMacken finished in ninth place with a score of 278.30, but did not qualify for the finals.